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?
This book is a quick moving story with an interesting twist on faeries and their fight for survival in a world ruled by humans.
I had a hard time enjoying the book because I couldn’t connect with Ariela. Her alliances seemed to flip flop without explanation. Her relationship with Rion confused me. Just when I thought I understood their history, Rion narrated a few chapters and his memories of their relationship seemed completely different. His view was more intense and revealed quite a bit about his and Ariela’s pasts, which was quite interesting.
But I still couldn’t feel a connection. Rion’s story seemed to skim the surface of everything that happened, more like a recap from another angle than a story I could delve into and feel.
The final chapters flew by with many things happening, without much detail. The ending was frustrating, because there wasn’t really one. It kind of stopped without even a cliffhanger. The final chapters of the story seemed more like a setup for the next book than an ending to this one.
Challenges read for:
2012 Ebook Challenge