Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Review: The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones

Author: Frewin Jones
Pages: 312
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Purchased
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Swept away into a court of magic and beauty, she discovers she is Tania, the lost princess of Faerie: the youngest daughter of Oberon and Titania. Since Tania's mysterious disappearance on the eve of her wedding five hundred years before, Faerie has been sunk in darkness and gloom. The courtly Lord Gabriel Drake, who Tania was once to marry, has found her and brought her back.

With Tania's return, Faerie comes alive again as a land of winged children, glittering balls, and fantastic delights. But Tania can't forget Anita's world, or the boy she loved there.

Torn between two loves and between two worlds, Tania slowly comes to discover why she disappeared so long ago. She possesses a singular magical ability and she must use it to stop a sinister plan that threatens the entire world of Faerie.
When I first started reading The Faerie Path, I was a little bored. It started off slowly for the first couple of pages, and then once Anita sprouts her wings, everything sort of kicks into overdrive and the novel becomes this amazing whirlwind of magic and fantasy.

Really, the thing that set this book apart is the writing style. I thought it flowed so fluidly. And when Tania/Anita changes worlds and moves into the Immortal Realm, the writing changes too. It’s not drastic, just a subtle refinement that makes your subconscious say “Okay, we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

My favorite characters were the six sisters. Each had her own distinct personality, and while I liked some more than others, I loved them all. They quickly became an integral part of the story. The only drawback to there being six additional sisters, along with Tania, some of them get lost and become background characters that we didn’t get to see much of.

I actually really enjoyed Tania as a protagonist. Her reactions to what was happening to her were very realistic. I admit, if I found out I was a faerie after 16 freaking years, I would have probably been the same way.

Overall, I admit, the novel is a bit of a fluff piece. But I really enjoyed it for what it was - - a faerie tale.

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