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Imaginative look at tough faeries

  • Feb 16, 2010
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Jennifer Armintrout has written a very fine introductory novel to a fantasy trilogy dealing primarily with an Earth where the worlds of supernatural creatures such as faeries, trolls, and dragons has directly collided with than of humankind. There has been a rift and a war and in consequence, the Faeries now reside in a "world" of their own called Lightworld which coexists with a Darkworld underneath the human dominated world of the surface. Angels, including Death Angels, are also grafted onto this world, but it seems the Creator (Judeo-Christianity) and the Old Gods of the Faeries have absented themselves from any involvement in this spiritual melange, with the exception of a somewhat confusing episode towards the end of this novel.

The supernatural creatures exist off the dreggs, refuse, and items disarded or stolen from the world of humans above. For many centuries, the Faeries have been ruled by Queen Mabb, who has become increasingly shallow and disengaged from her subjects. Nonetheless, the Faeries jealously guard their turf and rights from Trolls and exiled humans in the underground (exiled because they possess some iota of magic) through the use of Assassins.

The heroine of this novel Ayla is the offspring of a Faerie mother and human father, neither of whom appears in this book. She accidentally encounters a Death Angel named Malachi in her rounds and nearly kills him, but when he touches her, her half-human nature causes him to "fall", in the angelic sense. While she does not realize it, she is being courted and manipulated by her mentor in the Assassins Guild, Garret, who is Mabb's brother and the prince, to become the next Queene as his consort through a coup he has been planning for years. As she somewhat reluctantly consents to become Garret's mate, she and Malachi have fallen in love with one another, and Queene Mabb is murdered with her being the prime suspect. The Malachi-Ayla romance is a linchpin of the story.

Ms. Armintrout writes good sentences and paragraphs, while giving excellent descriptions of the persons, places and events. I did find some of the plot basics somewhat vague--especially how the world became this way, but this is just the first book of what promises to be an entertaining trilogy. While not a primary focus, I would caution this book has a couple of somewhat graphicaly-described adult situations which make it unsuited for younger readers.

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This series rocks in every way! ----Gena Showalter, New York Times bestselling author of the Lords of the Underworld series

Armintrout skillfully characterizes each character, and her use of description varies between chilling, beautiful, and disturbing. ----The Romance Readers Connection on Bloodties Book One: The Turning

The relationships between the characters are complicated and layered in ways that many authors don t bother with. ----Vampire Genre on Bloodties Book Two: Possession
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ISBN-10: 0778326624
ISBN-13: 978-0778326625
Author: Jennifer Armintrout
Publisher: Mira Books

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