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Dark fantasy with fairy forests, missing Ancients, slavery and more

  • Apr 16, 2012
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Second in Danika Dinsmore’s Faerie Tales from the White Forest, The Ruins of Noe extends the world and history of White Forest fairies, sending Brigitta, now an apprentice elder, on a quest to find the Ancients who uphold the forest. Readers who enjoyed the first book will thoroughly enjoy this second. But the story stands alone very comfortably too.
That vexing question of free-will vs destiny rears its head again, with teen fairy Brigitta still unsure why she’s destined to lead, and the Great High Priest Ondelle offering conflicting guidance. When fairy babies are born without receiving destinies, it’s clear some major disaster is on its way. Fairy history and myth interweave as Brigitta and Ondelle meet wild fairies in a cruel and broken land where the one thing everyone can agree on is the guiding Ancients seem to have abandoned them. But maybe that just means Brigitta’s quest really has to succeed.
Nicely drawn rival societies include enough social conscience to appeal to the most discriminating readers, and enough action to keep those readers turning pages. While Brigitta has plenty of soul-searching to do, it all takes place in the context of a swiftly moving tale, well-told and filled with challenges to honor and self-worth. Wise lessons are well learned by fairy and reader, and the ending’s satisfying, completing the story well even if the overarching tale isn’t finished.
In fact, Danika Dinsmore does a particularly good job of setting her individual tales in the context of something larger, making this an enjoyable series to read and to follow.
 
Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel through Lightning Book Promotions as part of the virtual book tour for Ruins of Noe.

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Sheila Deeth's first novel, Divide by Zero, has just been released in print and ebook formats. Find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, etc. Her spiritual speculative novellas can be found at … more
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