Magic was seeping out of me, black and agonizing. I could see it drifting away. The magic that would let me pass the Road to reach home again.
When sixteen-year-old Anya learns that her aunt, Queen of the Faerie Kingdom of Chrior, will soon die, her grief is equalled only by her despair for the future of the kingdom. Her young cousin, Illumina, is unfit to rule, and Anya is determined not to take up the queen’s mantle herself.
Convinced that the only solution is to find Prince Zabriel, who long ago disappeared into the human realm of Warckum, and persuade him to take up his rightful crown, Anya journeys into the Warckum Territory to bring him home. But her journey is doomed to be more harrowing than she ever could have imagined
Firstly I would like to mention that I really wish I had an entire day off just to read this book in it’s entirety. I didn’t notice the page count when I started it and was struggling through the week to find time in between to read it. Sleepless nights ensued and the point I am making her is that it was such a great book that I was irritated with my life getting in the way of reading this.
The plot rests on the fragile peace built between the Fae and the humans, both races living across a cursed barrier which stops the entry of humans into the Fae territory. Both the races are prejudiced against each other and tensions run high, even though officially they have called truce. But discreetly, powerful people on both sides are jeopardizing this peace. Stuck in this dangerous world in a dangerous position is Anya, a simple royal fairy who sets out to find her realm’s lost prince and bring him back.
She is attacked when she starts her journey, and her attack brings with it a realization of the world around her in finer detail. Even though she is empathic and kind, she hadn’t yet seen the horrors that could be committed by people. Her plan is not solid, and her companion is with her in search for adventure, which they do get. The plot hides a bigger conspiracy between the lines, a fact that comes out only at the end of the novel in a delicious twist.
The writing was descriptive but kept good pace with the story. It highlighted on each characters’ personalities in good detail, giving you ample of fodder to ponder about. There are quite a lot of untold stories behind some of the characters, and enrich the book even when not really there. The bigotry and hate are portrayed against the different values each of the races hold. Even the Fae are not as peace-loving as they seem and neither are the humans as evil as the Fae make them out to be. Anya, in a position where she can finally see both sides of the story, gives an interesting perspective to read through. I would recommend this novel for fantasy-lovers as well as those new to fantasy – it is a delightful read, not too heavy but has plenty of depth.
Received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review