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Halayda (Star-Fae Trilogy Book 1) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 26, 2017
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About the Author
Sarah Delena White was raised by wolves in an alternate dimension. She writes eclectic speculative fiction that reworks mythology with a fine balance of poetry and snark. She’s an experienced world traveler who loves to weave world folklore and ancient concepts into vibrant, original story worlds. She is also the Benevolent Firebird (acquisitions editor) for Uncommon Universes Press. When she’s not writing or editing, she can be found making jewelry, singing Irish ballads, drinking tea, and working a variety of odd jobs. She can be bribed with dark chocolate.
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In between the realms of humans and fae you have these sort of "lost ones" - children with faerie blood, but not enough human or faerie in them to be fully accepted by either side. And in the middle of everything is Sylvie Imanthiya. An alchemist half-fae herself with no visible faerie abilities, she cares for other half-fae orphans like herself, but enjoys the occasional request for help from Taylan, the King of Faerie. Four times a year, he employs her alchemical talents to help keep the peace between their people. But when an attack occurs that Sylvie cannot prevent, something happens that nobody expected, and Sylvie and Taylan find their destinies have collided in ways neither was prepared for.
This story was an adventure from the first page. The characters drew me in and carried me off on their adventure and it was nearly impossible to put the book down until I had finished the last page. I enjoyed watching Sylvie discover the world of Faerie. I loved the glimpses of back-story I got throughout the story as important tidbits of information about each character were doled out at just the right moment, but not so much that it interfered with or detracted from the adventure at hand.
It's hard to talk about the story without giving away spoilers, so I'll just talk about the characters for a moment.
Sylvie is just the sweetest heroine. She is braver than she thinks, but often thinks longingly of her blankets and wishes she could just go home and hid in them. In addition to having a knack with alchemy, she is also an artist - a hobby that is woven into the story with a care and gentleness I appreciated. It made her more real without smacking me across the head.
Taylan is not your typical fae-folk. I tend to think of the fae as being flighty and vain and disinterested in anyone but themselves... Taylan is none of those things. He is a warrior who took the kingdom from its last ruler by force because that is the only way to take the rulership of Faerie, but he has been plagued by that decision ever since. For thousands of years he has held the throne, knowing he is not the right man for the job, but truly feeling that he has Faerie's best interests at heart and unwilling to hand the power of the throne over to anyone who might care less for this realm. He has seen Faerie suffer and worries that it is a reflection of his leadership causing it, but unable to figure out how to fix it.
There are other amazing characters woven throughout the story, and each of them has their own struggles to overcome and back-story to reveal, but I'll let you discover them on your own. And while I'm usually not a huge fan of romance, the elements of that in this story were sweet and beautiful.
(Translation: I JUST EXPERIENCED ALL THE FEELS!!!)
Oh my. This book. Purely amazing. I loved it so much. It will forever be marked as a I-must-reread-this-book-over-and-over-again because of everything it created for me.
Every time I sat down, I was immediately thrown into this incredible world that produced so much awe and wonder. Never was there a moment was I not leaning closer to the book or making some dramatic hand movement because of what came next. (Let's not forget how I cried-almost-sobbed-but-really-sobbing at the end.)
Just everything. So very good. The message, the feels, the story, the characters (aka TAYLAN *coughs*), the adventure.
I strongly recommend this book to fantasy readers, steampunk, and everything in between because this story is wonderful and you're going to fall into a world that you may not want to leave. (Of course, as long as you have our special heroes because otherwise things could certainly get ugly really fast.)
Very much eagerly anticipating book two in this series!
Halayda had me at the first scene. An alchemist cooking potions over the kitchen stove. From there we're transported into a fantastical richly drawn world. The story is well-paced to one of the best climaxes and endings I've read in a long time.
Sophie is an endearing heroine who is the perfect person to view the world of the Fae.
Taylan is a complex hero. The immortal king with a dark past who fears his inevitable fate.
Caylus is a fantastically maniacal villain.
Diza and Zad lead a diverse cast of Fae characters. The types are well-drawn and explained well within the text but also included in a glossary, which adds to rather than detracts from the story.
I cannot wait for the sequel!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The story was superb, the characters were engaging and captivating. Sylvie was my hero; her innocence, her love and heart to do what was right and good made me smile many times. Taylan, has become one of my favorite male characters. I felt sad for him at times, because he allowed fear to hold him back. But we all have been taken hostage by fear at some point in our lives.
I won't be able to get Halayda out of my head, I will dream about these characters and this story for days, weeks, months and years. This story was worth every minute and hour that I spent reading it. I hope there will be a part 2, I'm eager to read it.
There is a lot of action. Sword-fights and battles are in practically every chapter.
My favorite character is Zad. He is a little like Sidney in Tale of Two Cities (but much more heroic in battle, but I guess there were no battles for Sidney, just the guillotine). Meaning he is a deep, noble, selfless character who sometimes appears to be a careless joker.
Definitely worth the read. It's not fluff. It's not depressing either. Lots of deep meaning.
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The characters, worldbuilding, story, and themes are all engaging and steeped...Read more
1. TAYLAN. He’s the best. :D He’s the Faerie King and he’s epic and also caring and I love him to absolute bits. I love Zad too.Read more
Overall, I was impressed with the story. It is on of the first stories I have ever read about facesfaesand I was quickly sucked in to...Read more