by Morgan Wylie
Release Date: 05/05/13
Summary from Goodreads:
A dying realm.
The ancient evil of the Droch-Shúil has been unleashed.
The Orchids have been silenced… but for how long?
Daegan, elite of the Ferrishyn warrior tribe of Faeries, is charged with a mission to find the Sol-lumieth, a mysterious new power that could change the fate of all in the realm of Alandria. But he is conflicted by his purpose, and he cannot trust the motives of those he serves. He has too many questions and they must be answered.
Kaeleigh, a girl abandoned as a small child just outside Missoula, Montana, is now 18. She is trying to discover who she is and where she belongs. In her heart, she feels she has family out there… somewhere. Desperate to unravel the mysteries of her past, she embarks on a journey that will forever change her along with her two best friends, Finn and Chel—who have secrets of their own.
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Morgan Wylie, originally from the Pacific Northwest, now resides near Nashville, TN with her husband and daughter. She and her husband work everyday at their individual and combined creative pursuits while she learns to balance being “Mama”, wife, and mediator to the many voices and muses constantly chattering in her head.
The world building is good and I do want to learn more about Alandria, particularly in regards to the creatures and classes of faery. I quite liked the backplot and am interested to read more about the world. I want to know what's happening with the elders and the resistance. The flashes of the machinations in the background were fascinating and I wanted to know more. The first quarter of the book is very good.
In contrast, the characters were a little hit and miss. Kaeleigh has the potential to be a wonderful character, but she flip flops constantly between typical 'needs to be rescued' YA heroine and someone with a bit more spine. There's a wealth of character hiding in her, but it's hidden and subsumed by the plot's need to throw 'hawt guy' her way.
Daegan did not impress me as a character. He's a little too aloof to be likeable, a little too callous to inspire feeling. He is underwritten and needs more of a backstory and motivation. It wouldn't have been so bad if we didn't spend any time with him, but we do and he's underwhelming. I can't understand why he's a bit of a dick and that's a problem.
Finn and Chel are fascinating, I'd love to know more about them.
I did enjoy this book, but it could have been so much better.