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Many fairy keepers revel in their unique job, thankful for the special gift they’d been given, protecting their fairy hatches and queen fairy, however Sierra is not one of them.
It was almost a forgone conclusion that she would be a keeper, after all the gift runs deep on both sides of her family tree so, you would expect her to be well suited to the task she’s been given but you’d be wrong on that assumption.
The mark upon her skin is less like a gift and more like a chain attached to an immovable anchor. Oh she does her duties of connecting with her queen, setting up a hatch for her and her little ones, the worker fairies, but she merely goes through the motions. The yoke of servitude to the fairies as she sees it was never asked for nor wanted, it was thrust upon her, denying her the choice of life.
Added on top of this already heavy burden is Sierra’s father, not exactly the proud supportive father you’d expect. Quite the opposite in fact. He’s a dark alchemist who specializes in the nectar trade. The one resource that gives him power and money from its very addicting properties and as fate would have it he has one of the only people able to meet his supply. Sierra.
Ruled by a father that would just as soon as beat her within an inch of her life and kept in line by the threat to the only person she truly loves, her little sister Phoebe, Sierra will continue to take the nectar the fairies produce, uncaring of the damage she’s doing to her queen, the hatch and the world. The world can burn for all she cares as long as her sister is safe.
She’s not the only one supplying the dark alchemists of the land and others are harvesting it for good, to heal those that are suffering but whether for good or evil the effects are the same and soon Sierra is faced with an impossible task when she finds, to her horror that the hatch is dead and the queen is gone.
Unable to keep this fact hidden from her father before she can make her escape with her sister Sierra makes a choice that is no choice at all. Find her queen or her sister becomes a nectar runner for a dark alchemist that’s even worse than her father if such a thing could exist.
Join Sierra on her journey with her best friend Corbin, who also just happens to be a fairy keeper and a hated minder sent by her father. Follow them as they meet some unexpected people, creatures unknown and some thought extinct as they hunt down the missing queens and along the way discover things about themselves that they never expected and others that they wished they could keep buried.
Solid MG debut novel, using endangered fairies as an allegory for colony collapse syndrome and broader environmentalist issues, as well as touching on addiction and forced labor. Heady stuff for young readers, but it is handled deftly, in a way that leaves a lot of room for discussion and teaching moments. I loved the premise of this book, as well as the world, which is presented as something of a run-down high fantasy setting. The story follows a more-or-less traditional quest arc, with some nice twists and turns, and a few surprises.
I greatly enjoyed reading this, and look forward to the rest of the series. Docked half a star only because the protagonist is one of the less engaging characters in the book. The good news is the sequels follow different main characters, so my expectations for the remaining books are high.
The audiobook narrator was excellent. Voices of both genders rang true, which I often find not to be the case. One of the better readers I have heard.
Bearce’s vivid description and use of imagery brings both the world of Aluvia and the characters to life. The feeling of entrapment Sierra feels to her father is evident even in her description. “She tried to forget they were related by blood, which was hard given that Jack’s dark hair, brown eyes, and pale skin were stamped right on her.” Her conflicting emotions about her fairy queen are portrayed by description as well. “Long, silky golden hair draped around her body like a dress and her wings hung down her back. Flowing in a golden shimmer, her fairy queen had defined beauty. There was a pang in her heart. Sierra ruthlessly shoved the unwelcome emotion into a deep, dark, corner.”
Although Sierra’s resentment of her responsibility is a dominant part of her character at the beginning, an evolution of her character occurs along her journey. Just as teens her age are coming to terms with the ever-increasing responsibility of growing up, Sierra begins to accept her situation as a labor of love rather than an encumbrance. She also discovers that true love isn’t the liability she once feared, but rather it gives her strength to overcome the many challenges she faces on her journey. With these relatable qualities, Bearce has created a character worth connecting to as the plot captivates readers with its many magical twists and turns.