Book Blurb :
Sometimes even outcasts can earn forgiveness.
Ariela is a mutant faerie, born without wings. No wings, means no magic. The Veil of Enclosure that separates the faerie land of Fei from the human land of Hege begins to dissolve. The humans go through the Veil in order to steal the faerie children and enslave them. They clip their wings so the faerie children lose their magic and die soon afterwards. The Faerie Council asks Ariela to go to Hege as a spy to ascertain the human’s plans for Fei. She has to stop the warmongering humans before the faerie children are lost forever and repair the Veil. But, only a silver-winged faerie can repair it and no silver-winged faerie has been born. It is up to Ariela. But, Ariela has no magic, or does she?
Faeries vs. humans, who will win?
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This book is the first of the series Lore of Fei, a series I’ll follow as I enjoyed this first book a lot.
In a world where the humans want to enslave the faerie and take their Fei land, Ariela has lived seventeen happy years, until the night her parents were killed and she was taken hostage by Kel, the Warlord of Kel’s Lair and a human, who also owns East and West Lairs. Kel is the faerie’s biggest enemy, because while the Veil of Enclosure is dissolving, he and his men are crossing from Hege, their land, to Fei to kidnap faerie children.
Once they are in Hege and their wings have dried, the humans have their wings clipped. Their magic is gone forever. They die in captivity. Faerie babies are not being born as often as of old. We will become extinct unless we do something drastic.
Ariela soon discovers the truth of her own conception, and the reason of her being the only faerie without wings … she is a mutant, half human and half faerie. Her mother was taken hostage by Kel and left when she was with a child, with her. In order to protect Ariela, her mother told Kel she died soon after she was born.
She also discovers that she should have been killed after she was born, but the Council decided to spare her; and now they need her help. She has to spy on Kel and discover what he is planning to do.
The Council wants you to be a spy for us in Hege. Figure out their weaknesses, so that we can restore the Veil of Enclosure and faerie magic. You are a faerie with an extraordinary gift. You are a Cyreer. You have the gift to sense the emotions of those around you. You add faerie glamour to that, and you can understand the true meaning of those near you.
A faerie is not supposed to have magic without the wings… yet Ariela has it and she is a Cyreer. Not just that, she is a Healer and a Seer too. She knows the baby of her father’s wife is meant to exterminate the faerie.
From the start, she protects the guard her father has given to her, Gerfin, and she finds a friend in a dragon only she could talk to. She also saves her father’s life and takes care of his father’s wife. An ally of her father, Balen comes to help her father destroy the faerie.
When she tries to delay her fathers’ solders by adding some herbs to their draughts to make them ill and weak in their limbs, she is discovered by the same human she was protecting … and she is sentenced to die the next day.
Saved by her dragon, Tashie, Ariela goes back to the Council where she is asked to save the faerie children the humans took the last time. Along for the rescue is Rion, a faerie she knew from her childhood. Still, he is not like she remembered; he treats her with disdain because she is a mutant.
“But you do not have wings and cannot fly.”
“There is more to being a faerie than being able to fly,” I said.
“So says the faerie without wings.”
And only agrees when he hears they will be riding a dragon.
“No one said anything about riding a dragon,” he mumbled. “If you would have said I would be riding a dragon, of course, that changes things.”
Until here, the first half of the book is wonderful; full of imagination and charm. Here is where I found the first thing I disliked from the story. They meet Gerfin and Ariela forgives him. There are not questions about why he did it, how he could betray her—just forgiveness. But some lines later I found what I was searching for, but this line is not enough for what he had done.
I did not trust Kel. Or Balen. And I was not sure of Gerfin either.
Their plans are unsuccessful; they get caught and locked in the vessel from where they wanted to save the children. They try to escape, but they are caught again by Balen.
Here I found a mistake.
“Where did you find it?” I asked as I rummaged in it. Rion was awake now, too. He sat up and rubbed the side of his face that was not caked with dried blood.
“On the deck, you must have dropped it when you fell from your dragon. It was kicked into a space, and I saw it. I grabbed it before the human who had taken me for a walk around the deck saw.
But the girl who found the pouch was shut away in the moment Ariela fell from the dragon so she couldn’t know about it.
Balen’s father wants Balen married with Ariela because he thinks that having his son married to a faerie will make it easier to take over the Fei land. Kel sees his intent and decides to fight against him. Kel wins the land and issues an edict that the human can live in Fai and that the faerie are not allowed there anymore. If they are not with a human, the faerie will be killed. Fei is invaded by humans because of the law of Ariela’s father and the faerie retreat to a secret place to hide.
Ariela escapes and goes in search of Rion who has been waiting for her but when he hears about the war, he goes in search of Ariela. The only hope for the faerie is the one from the prophecy, a silver-winged faerie.
There is a faerie who will be born with silver wings. This faerie will repair the Veil of Enclosure that protects and encompasses Fei, the land of the faeries. The silver-winged faerie will come when the Veil of Enclosure has begun to disintegrate and dissolve. This is a sign that the faeries are in danger of extinction. The magic will have begun to diminish, and they will no longer be immortal. Only a silver-winged girl will save Fei from annihilation.
The second half of the book lost my attention. The story was still interesting, but there should have been more feeling between Ariela and her father, between her and Rion, and between her and her unborn brother who was supposed to exterminate the faerie.
I give it 4 couples.
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I am an urban faerie born without wings but I fly on the wings of imagination tethered to this mortal coil. Moonlight sustains me and sunlight devours me. Stars swim in my eyes and my soul bleeds on a daily basis. I am a writer.
Pubisher : Musa It Up Publishing
Source : Bewitching Tours
Released : April 27th 2012
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