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The Weight of a Wing (The Stolen Wings) (Volume 1) Paperback – May 20, 2015
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About the Author
Award-winning writer Ioana Visan has always dreamed about reaching the stars, but since she can’t, she writes about it. After fighting the apocalypse aftermath in “Human Instincts”, she played with shapeshifters in “Blue Moon Café Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks”, she dealt with vampires in “The Impaler Legacy” series, and then she designed prosthetics in “Broken People” before tackling longer works like a fantasy trilogy and a science fiction series. Aside from publishing short stories in various Romanian magazines and anthologies, she published a Romanian short story collection “Efectul de nautil” and the Romanian edition of “Human Instincts”. She received the Encouragement Award from The European Science Fiction Society at Eurocon 2013.
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This story drew me in at the beginning, not because of some big action scene, but because of the characters involved. Alise appears to be an everyday woman, one that we can all relate to. As it turns out, she's a fairy who has chosen to live in the mortal world. Throughout the story I found her reactions believable, and I enjoyed watching her character progress. Her story certainly isn't complete, and I predict brighter things in her future. For now, she is integral to saving the world from an evil wizard, one of my all-time favorite types of villain.
I also liked Cassie and the way she reacts to revelations of the existence of fairies, mermaids, etc. She's cool with it, even when she isn't under the influence of a spell. She accepts Alise as her friend, and she stands by her no matter what. Male characters Rafe and Vale fill in the role of protectors, but it is Alise who proves to be the strongest and the most important. The men had distinct personalities, and even though it seemed Rafe should be the more important character, I felt I got to know Vale better. Also, he is a good match for Cassie. :)
The story moves along at a good pace and held my interest quite nicely. I did feel like they got out of scrapes a little too easily. The monsters posed almost no threat, and the presence of magic heals and fixes everything. Up until the last action scene, which was very good, I didn't feel like the characters were in true mortal peril. However, at the end I did feel like something awful could happen, and I finally saw that performing magic takes its toll on the body. Oh, and who wouldn't enjoy the advice "monster residue is a b- to remove"?
The description of the missing wings was nicely written. I could sympathize with Alise's pain, and my own shoulders ached a little as I continued to read. That's good writing, in my opinion. Also, the author mentions that this is her first novel in English, but I would never have guessed that. The editing is very well done, and I don't recall finding any awkward phrases or typos. The door was left wide open for a sequel, but I felt the events of this particular installment wrapped up nicely.
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