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The Reviled: The Power Of Hope (Dark Fey Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The Reviled is a young adult fantasy novel by Cynthia A. Morgan and the first book of the Dark Fey series. There are worlds of light and darkness coexisting alongside one another in this lavish fantasy world, and the story initially focuses on the world of the Light Loving Fey. This domain of fairy kind contains both Ayla and Mardan. Ayla is a guardian whose mission is to soothe the pain of others with her incredible powers, whilst Mardan leads a somewhat solitary life as a Celebrant. As the pair grow closer, however, Ayla senses a darkness growing among The Reviled, creeping in the shadows of her world. Unsure of how much to share with Mardan, Ayla worries for the fate of Jyndari as the darkness approaches.
For fantasy and fey fans, The Reviled has absolutely everything you could want in an epic fantasy adventure. Our two central characters are superbly well developed and engaging to read about, but Cynthia A. Morgan's expansion of the world around them is what really captivated me. Jyndari is an exotic world with deep detailing and a delicate balance between dark and light. The emotional spectrum of Ayla's journey is rich and harrowing, taking us into the deepest corners of her incredible mind as she senses the dark fey lurking at every turn. The mystery of what he wants from her is well spun out to an exciting and satisfying conclusion. Overall, I'd highly recommend The Reviled to fans of young adult fantasy and fey stories.
From the Author
As their temples are desecrated, homes are pillaged and plundered, and the peaceful tranquility so important to the Fey of the Light is repeatedly shattered, the Fey Guard stand as protectors. They are mighty in battle and fierce in their vigilance to protect the fragile balance of life for the peaceful Fey of Light
All Fey are born with special abilities, or gifts, such as telepathy, empathy, discernment, or the ability to dream walk. Many also have a gift of magic, though not all, such as spell-casting, enchantment, lightbending or element wielding. While the Fey of the Light are beautiful and live harmoniously, the Reviled Fey are the opposite; they revere darkness and fill their lives with cruelty and evil, but all Reviled Fey begin their lives as Fey of the Light. The change comes only if they are abducted as childfey and forced to undergo the Integration, a process of intentional neglect and cruelty designed to twist them away from the Light.
This level of horror is not incorporated into the Dark Fey Trilogy simply for the sake of it. One does not need to open the pages of a book to discover the unthinkable, as the darkness typically embodied in fantasy genre stories by some terrifying being or creature is very much alive in our own reality and this is the underlying motivation for the darkness woven into Dark Fey. It was based in great part on the terrifying, yet true-life events of the Lord's Resistance Army or LRA, a rebel militant group in Uganda that has for over 20 years abducted children from their homes; forcing them to commit horrifying acts of violence against each other and their own people.These children suffer a very real Integration and, like the childfey of Jyndari, they endure violence and cruelty at the hands of truly sadistic overlords. This is how the Reviled came to life and became the horrifyingly cruel beings depicted in Dark Fey.
This story shares the Power of Hope, Acceptance and Forgiveness through the ideal that you can change the world, if you take Positive Action to Create Change through doing what is Right.
Many times during your journey through the Dark Fey Trilogy, you will encounter words that seem to be capitalized for no apparent reason; yet,it should be noted, these capitalizations are anything but random. They mark either proper nouns, such as Fey of the Light, the Temple, Fey Guards, the Reviled, or the Light, which is not simply a glimmering of illumination, but a connotation that is highly important in the spirituality of Fey. If a word holds specific meaning, it may also be capitalized, such as See, Know, or Understand. You may encounter such words when they are in reference to a Fey gift, such as telepathy, empathy, or discernment, and they carry significant weight so, in order to emphasize their importance, capitalization is used.
Join me as we embark into this realm of Light and Dark. Allow your imagination take over as you experience the Jyndari forest and The Fey of the Light's struggle with The Reviled. Lett he Light reach outward from these pages and draws you into on a journey that promises to change your way of thinking.
- ASIN : B00RZMVNQQ
- Publisher : Shadow City - A Next Chapter Imprint; 3rd edition (January 7, 2015)
- Publication date : January 7, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 460 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 312 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #266,702 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The fantasy tale grabs you from the first page and pulls you into the world of Fey. Dark Fey and Fey of Light.
The people we meet are gentle and honed in the arts of casting their thoughts while exercising compassion and friendship to all.
AylaYna lives in the land of the Fey of Light and is educated by scholars because of the gifts she possessed at birth. She practices incantations and magic that Elders hide from other Fey.
Later in life, she meets up with Mardan a male fey who promises friendship and more, should Ayla wish to receive this.
I found the language the author uses does an excellent job with the tone, the voice and the phraseology that portrays how the Fey react, what they might say, and how they might express themselves.
A Dark Fey crosses Ayla’s path one day and begins to unravel danger, excitement, testing her curiosity as well as her strength and acceptance. Her friend Nayna doesn’t understand why she won’t report the intrusion to the Elders. Somehow, Ayla doesn’t know herself why she waits for the voice of a stranger to echo softly inside her head and misses him when she no longer feels his presence.
A must read for anyone who loves the fantasy genre. Quite tame, and superbly done, I know you will enjoy this novel.
This author’s writing style is exciting and offers beautiful examples of how to make writing techniques stand out and wrap themselves around your mind. By that, I mean, many people say to “…cut the verbs and adverbs, etc. Write lean. Do not be verbose, make every word count.” This author doesn’t necessarily follow those standards. She inserts descriptive words where other authors may not. In doing so, they accentuate the Fey flavor of her story and makes it greatly unique.
I am so taken with the way this story is written, the sentence structure, the descriptive narrative. The story itself is superb. I was glued to my Kindle and fell asleep twice before finishing – and not out of boredom. I wanted to keep reading till I got to the end. Needless to say, for a story of this type, I have fallen in love with this author’s narrative ability.
While reading I was entranced in a Fey world that completely swept me away from everyday thoughts. That is the mark of a superior creative mind. I highly recommend this book.
The world-building is well done in the sense that the author has clearly spent a lot of time in this fantasy realm, thinking through every facet of it. The lore between the dark and the light fey is fun, and promises plenty of conflict, which the story ultimately delvers on.
Feeling worlds apart even from her own kind, the light fey, our heroine endures what a lot of teens endure: conflicting emotions of feeling on the one hand freaky, and on the other hand, special. So I could see this tale playing well to a teen audience. All the more considering there’s plenty of young love with all the insecurities and awkwardness that comes into play with that.
With the relationship story often overpowering the drama between the light and the dark fey, this story may play better to female readers (especially of romance) and young men seeking to know what goes on in their girlfriend’s minds. But reversing the typical A and B-stories as the author does also adds a fair amount of suspense, as we wait anxiously for the conflicts between the light and dark fey to unspool and play out. And that in turn may play to a broader audience.
Top reviews from other countries
The Reviled is a beautifully written tale wrought with magic, intrigue, and danger. Cynthia A. Morgan adopts a wonderfully descriptive tone leaving lasting impressions of all she describes. She creates an imaginative world complete with lore, beautiful scenes, and interesting characters all enhanced by a well-developed plot. As the first book in a trilogy it also serves to set a scene for the next book, which promises to be every bit as gripping as this one
Beautifully written with themes and characters that will stay with you for a long time, this book is deeply resonant of themes in the world around us.
Recommend to fans of mystical fantasy.
I was a little unsure at first but became enchanted by the beautiful writing and thoroughly enjoyed the read as a simple tale of a battle between the light and the dark turned into something quite magical.
Ayla representing goodness, love and compassion lives in a gentle if isolated world. Gairynzvl representing pain, fear and anger has known only evil and violence. And yet the two are drawn to each other in ways they can not truly understand. With a telepathic connection they learn to overcome their doubts and pre-conceived ideas and start to trust and understand each other, eventually fighting together to ward off the darkness.
I loved the ending which completed this story but indicated Gairynzvl's future calling.
A lovely tale of the resilience of human nature and the healing power of love, compassion and forgiveness.