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Stealing Terry (A Tale of the Fairypocalypse) Paperback – August 25, 2012
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About the Author
ADDISON LANE was born and raised between a small town in the Deep South and the Big City. She went to university in New England, majoring in Asian Studies. Fresh-faced and ambitious, she left college to teach English in Japan for a year. Following this, she attended the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia before returning to the States. She now resides on the East Coast where she works as a web developer by day and saves the world via fantasy by night. STEALING TERRY is the sequel to HANGING FLYNN.
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With Hanging Flynn, Lane proved herself a capable storyteller and an impressive world-builder, rocketing us deftly into this unique blend of fantasy and realism. It's a difficult task for any author to ease readers into a world this thoroughly imagined and expansive, but Lane did it with aplomb. Now, in this second volume, she really finds her stride as both writer and storyteller. In fact, it's better than the first. It's a seat-of-your pants, swashbuckling adventure across the sky, with more of the dark twists and turns that made the first book so special, but with even more depth and emotional discovery. Lane's prose has evolved, too, into a muted sort of loveliness, which effortlessly sweeps us along from action scenes to the more intimate moments, to brilliant scenic vistas, dreamscapes, and fantasy paradises. She never misses a beat, and such careful pacing makes the book difficult to put down.
Stealing Terry is a deceptively enjoyable read. It's fun, it's wildly imaginative, it's a regular page-turner, but the book is also so lovingly wrought and emotionally complex that it becomes something just a little bit more special the deeper into Fergus's story we go. So many young adult and fantasy books of their ilk are all about the impossible rescue, the treasure hunt, or the search for the one true destiny. And those stories are worth telling, too. but this book offers us something different. This book isn't about destiny, it's about learning who you really are, about those of us who are always trying to run away from that, and those special few who are finally able to accept it. And it's about making your own paradise.
The author has created an unusual world with extremely well developed characters. The characters and their relationships are not static; they continually develop and grow. It seems like you're always discovering new background on the old characters, and yet are frequently introduced to new and intriquing players.
This series might not appeal to everyone. The two books are not fast reads. The writing style is quite descriptive, and the main plot and the sub-plots weave in and out. I had to keep my focus while reading, or I found myself skimming. After I'd drift, it then became necessary to backtrack and re-read. Even so, I find that I am enjoying this world that the author has created.
In this second installment of the series, Fergus's search for 'Tir na nOg' brings him to some dangerous locales. He is forced several times to assume his fae form (a Kelpie) to extricate himself and his crewmates from nefarious characters. His relationship with Terry becomes more involved. Three and Pip's backgrounds are explained a bit more. I did find myself a little perturbed at the ending of this book. I don't want to give any spoilers, so I'll just say that I expected things to arrive at a different point in the plot, so was surprised when it took an unexpected turn.
Like my review of the first book, this second book again gets just under 4 stars from me. Sometimes it dragged, but the interesting twists and turns kept me reading. I still am not a fan of the book covers or the titles. However, I enjoyed reading both books, and am looking forward to the third book.