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What the Faeries Left Behind Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Although I had anticipated the twist ending, Abigail's changed perception on life in the last two pages was well done and satisfying. Scattered passages throughout could have used some tightening, but didn't hinder the overall theme of seeing magic in a mundane world - which was beautifully captured in the bubble wand scene. A great read for those adults with little time and wanting to sprinkle some faerie dust in their life.
Abigail Louise Wingate has always felt she didn’t belong anywhere. She doesn’t see the world like others do. This evening as she is relaxing in her house, she gets a phone call from someone who says they are outside her house. She peeks out the window and then opens the door and allows the person to come in. This is against all the rules for a single woman living in the city by herself. However, Abigail doesn’t think twice about it because the “person” had translucent wings half the length of her body. Abigail thinks this is so cool. She has always wanted something extraordinary to happen to her.
The “person” tells her that she is actually a faerie child who was left on Earth. They had planned to come get her much earlier but things happened and they were not able to. Now it is time for Abigail to come home with her. Abigail is more than willing to do so. After grabbing a few vital belongings, Abigail leaves with the “person”.
What adventures will she have with this ‘person”? What will she learn to do? That is, if she is finally able to leave.
Abigail has a boring life that is transformed when she is told that she is a Fae Changeling who is to return home. As she is taken to the meeting place for the journey Home, she starts to imagine what her life will become.
This was a funny and entertaining novella about a young woman who longs to be different and have some meaning in her boring life. Abigail has no doubts about the wisdom of agreeing to leave for a new life. You can understand how she feels. Who wouldn't like to leave a dull job and non existent social life to live in a new world where you have magical powers? Abigail herself is someone I could relate to and I liked her story. You learn a lot about her as a person through her interaction with other characters, giving her resonable depth. There was a good amount of humour and her Fae guide was an amusing character. I also liked the fact that the author put her own spin on the classic homecoming story.
I don't want to put any spoilers in so I'll just say that I did expect what was coming, but it did not detract from the story at all. I really liked the ending which was perfect. I liked the way the author told this story and followed it through and I'd certainly look at the rest of her work when it is available.
I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 on my star rating which is different to this site.
Even though this was an easy and enjoyable read, there were some parts that confused me. I didn't quite get enough reason to suspend reality, and the conclusion seemed a bit rushed. This could easily be expanded and I would love to read more... about this Fae world, what needed to be fixed, etc...
I was also disappointed when the story ended at 60% on my kindle. I gauge the length of a story, based off that, so when it ended, I was still expecting something more to happen...
I give this one a solid 3.5
I was given a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.