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Life as a half-faerie has never been easy for 18-year-old Melia. She and her sisters, Melusine and Plantine, were born to mortal druid Elynus and full-blooded faerie Pressina. But when Elynus broke the faerie troth by seeing his wife at childbirth, his family had to return to the Realm of Faerie in the enchanted world. The sisters can communicate telepathically, but Melia's disturbed by her telepathic link to Elynus, which triggers visions of violence and death. The druid's trying to incarnate Umbra, a sinister consciousness that needs a living vessel and whose emergence can destroy the Whole, encompassing all known realms. Elynus wants to reunite with Pressina but hints to Melia, who visits him in the mortal world, that Umbra will right the "horrible crimes" in Faerie. Melia's determined to stop her father, but a sudden tragedy rattles her faerie household. At the same time, others hoping for an Umbra incarnation kidnap Plantine (a family secret explains why) and seek a sword and basin that together can lead Umbra to a vessel. Melia and friends, from spring faerie Flora to priest Ryder, set out to save Plantine and thwart Umbra. The tale is practically bursting with characters, all of whom Garrett (Half Mortal, 2015, etc.) skillfully molds into individual personalities. Flora, for one, is reputedly the last of the spring faeries, while 19-year-old Ryder is the same soothing green-eyed stranger from Melia's visions. There's an unmistakable villain--Plantine's abductor, who plans on marrying Melia's seemingly spellbound baby sister. Quite a few characters, however, are deliciously ambiguous, including Pressina, who dabbles in black magic, and Sevondi, a dragonwitch who may be bad but is also a scorned lover. Other mythical characters crop up, like dwarves and elves, and though the story's primarily a rescue mission, simply reaching Plantine involves an arduous journey. The indelible ending resolves much of the plot while a lingering uneasiness aptly sets the groundwork for a subsequent volume.
Melia isn't the only character who can carry her own series in a mythical tale as appealing as it is impressive."--Kirkus Reviews
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- File size : 6531 KB
- Publication date : July 30, 2014
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 470 pages
- Publisher : Half-Faerie Publishing (July 30, 2014)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00MA22N7E
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #46,794 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Let me begin by saying this is an immense fantasy world complete with old tales and legends. A lot of thought has gone into creating this world, and it really shows. Present are faeries, pixies, elves, brownies, and trolls. There are some pretty cool cat characters with distinct personalities, along with a goat that is smarter than some people. Add in some dwarves who love to cook (who I thought were just plain awesome), and you've got a rich fairy tale world. The presence of pixies and animal characters might give one the impression that this book is intended for children, but it definitely isn't. The plot is complex, as are the characters, making this a high fantasy fairy tale fit for adults.
Main character Melia is very nicely written. She starts out a stuttering child and grows into a strong young woman. She finds her courage, learns who her friends are, and figures out that the parents she should have been able to trust completely aren't what they seem. She is strong enough to put her own love life on the back burner in pursuit of her goal, and she's smart enough to know that she isn't ready to give up her special talents just yet. Her sister Plantine is gullible and a bit obnoxious. I'll admit I wanted to slap her several times. Sister Melusine is vain and selfish, but disappears from the storyline in search of her true love.
I absolutely hate Pressina. She places a curse on her own daughters, and blames her youngest for her own husband's stupidity. Despite my disdain for her, she is nicely written and fills the fairy tale role of evil stepmother well (she is their real mother, but nonetheless). In contrast, I appreciated most the character of Sinjin. He is just flat out cool. Ryder was all right, but he didn't have as many sides to him as the others. I felt I got to know him better in the prequel.
The story remains high fantasy style until the mention of guns and movies. Apparently the Glock brand found its way into the faerie realm near the end of the story, and the mention of motion pictures really brought me back into reality. Those things belong in urban fantasy, but not in high fantasy or fairytales. Their appearance to me was crude and unwelcome. I prefer my fantasy tales to have swords, arrows, and magic-no bullets.
There aren't a ton of descriptions in the story, but what there is is beautifully written. From forests to the ocean, I got a nice picture of Melia's world. I only wish there had been more description of some of the characters. I'm still not sure if Tuck is a Santa-type elf or a beautiful Lord of the Rings elf. I picture him as the latter. All in all, this is a wonderful fantasy series sure to please most readers.
I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Melia is a lovely character. Her innocence is refreshing and her 'not fitting in' immediately demands sympathy. But despite these attributes, she's still strong and willing to do anything to make sure good prevails. . .even if it gets her into trouble. It was easy to like her and cheer her on, and her sisters and friends harmonized well with her. There's some rivalry, but tons of love and trust. These are simply characters I won't forget that easily.
The plot itself is very well woven, throwing in tons of interesting details while never loosing suspension or tension. I was pulled in from the very first page and didn't want to put the book down until the end. Several character view points are presented, allowing for terrific insight without giving away the next twist. I loved the complexity of the plot, while the story raced through from one exciting adventure to the next.
The world itself is very well described. There's a enough to make it feel familiar, while introducing a fantastical, new world. The details are dribbled in so subtly that it's easy to drop into the world and feel right at home. Despite the great descriptions, it never feels boring or drawn out. And I enjoyed the maps in the beginning, although it was easy enough to understand the world without them.
Summed up, I really enjoyed reading this series and can only recommend it to fantasy friends. The characters grow to be good friends and the danger is so tangible, that one wants to jump in and help them fight the growing evil before it's too late. Can't wait to get my hands on book 2!
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
And this is a fantasy tale. Yet, it was so much more than that. It is Melia's story, supplemented with the characters of her mother, sisters, and friends she meets along her journey. These characters are strong, complex, full of wonder and even surprise.
Melia's journey kept me turning the pages. It's that simple. The plot, characters and imagery made me need more with every sentence.
Would I reread this book? Yes. Do I want my teenage daughters to read this book? 100% yes. Will I recommend it to friends? Yes, yes and yes!
I received a copy of this book for review purposes. My review is 100% my own words and thoughts, not influenced by any outside sources.
*spoiler alert* Nothing made me happier than Flora killing Lord Goering.
*I won a copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway.