Sunday, February 1, 2009
Not Your Average Faerie Tale
Sorry I was absent last week. We had some going's on over at Crave More Romance and it left me rather distracted. :) Today I'm here to tell you about a wonderful new book that I've literally been reading since I woke up this morning.
Bones of Faerie
by Janni Lee Simner
from the author's site:
The war between humanity and Faerie devastated both sides. Or so fifteen-year-old Liza has been told. Nothing has been seen or heard from Faerie since, and Liza's world bears the scars of its encounter with magic. Corn resists being harvested; dandelions have thorns. Trees move with sinister intention, and the town Liza calls home is surrounded by a forest that threatens to harm all those who wander into it. Still Liza feels safe. Her father is strong and has protected their town by laying down strict rules. Among them: Any trace of magic must be destroyed, no matter where it is found.
Then Liza's sister is born with faerie-pale hair, clear as glass, and Liza's father leaves the baby on a hillside to die. When her mother disappears into the forest and Liza herself discovers she has the faerie ability to see --into the past, into the future--she has no choice but to flee. Liza's quest will take her into Faerie and back again, and what she finds along the way may be the key to healing both worlds.
I've been curious about Bones of Faerie ever since I read PW's review of it a while back. I was not disappointed. It's a different kind of story. Liza is very much a product of her upbringing. She's not rebellious; she's just trying to do what she thinks should be done. When Liza is confronted with people who willingly use magic she's terrified. She's never known magic to do anything other than kill.
Yet there is a healing here too. It's only the beginnings of healing, but you know it can happen. I'm looking forward to more from Janni Lee Simner. I would particularly like to see if she returns to the world of Bones of Faerie. Be sure to stop by your local bookstore and pick up a copy today. :)