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You get thrown right in there!

By Oniwasabi, author of The Monster They Deserve

Feb 17, 2014: So, in a nutshell this is an alternate modern-universe story where sometime in the recent past the world of Faerie was thrust back into alignment with Earth, and bad things happen. I’m stating this at the beginning of my review, because it takes a little bit to piece together ANY relevant background information on the world. And with this writing style, that is a GOOD thing. Now if the mixture of modern stuff with Faerie magic (and a little bit of super futuristic tech thrown in for fun and plot points) sounds good to you, you should probably just skip the rest of this review and go start reading now.

The characters are all aware of how the world they are in works to greater or lesser degrees, and because the characters act like properly self-aware people instead of fountains of exposition, they don’t decide to describe things to each other that they all presumably know about already. We may have overdone the cliches for each character (down to earth sensible girl whose heart is always in the right place, but frequently watches things backfire on her; ultra naive optimistic idealist; dark, brooding, angsty character) but the characters demonstrate that they are more than the tropes they are drawn from quite quickly. It’s also kind of nice to see the characters thrust together in a somewhat logical way, grow as a group as they learn more about each other (this is where most of the exposition comes in as characters learn about knowledge deficiencies in the others and fill in the blanks for them), and (one of the things I am ALWAYS happy to see in a story) the bad guys are people too! Well, mostly.

Most of the antagonists are coming from an emotional point of view that a reader can understand (and possibly empathize with) even if a few of them seem to be taking it to an extreme for the purpose of making sure the audience realizes they should NOT feel sorry for these people. Most of the antagonist type characters that don’t fall into this category are the ones that shouldn’t (i.e. the leaders of the Fey).

Now, critiques: The pacing is pretty good once you get over being thrown into a story in progress and then backtracking to let the reader know how you got there. The ‘rules’ for the Fey and the laws for the more ‘civilized’ parts of humanity don’t seem to quite stay consistent or make much sense respectively, but not to the degree where things are obviously being rewritten or forgotten by the author. Oh, and angsty character is angsty. Angst angst angst! It’s not really the angst, he does honestly have a pretty damned good excuse for it, but through the first few chapters I think he’s the least consistent as far as character development goes (it’s like progress is made, then suddenly all gone as if it never happened).

So that’s the review, done mostly because I noticed after finding this one that it’s last review was about 2.5 years ago and it deserves to be noticed!

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