Well, this is a very hard review to write. Maybe I should write two reviews, one for the first half of the book and one for the second half. In any case I guess I will just give this a go. The first half of the book is well, boring. I could not get into the story or the characters. I found myself wanting to quit this book several times. The only reason I kept going is the writing is still very good. That may sound strange but it is true. I stuck with it hoping that the story and the characters would catch up to the writing itself, and boy did it. As boring as the first half of the book was the second half was amazing! Everything finally came together and saved this book. All the characters, Kloss and the Bjornmen, Devin and the villagers, and the Fae themselves all kick into high gear. The story became intense and I did not want to stop reading. I thought the author did a good job on the world building making a world that was familiar yet unique to this book. The writing is magnificent throughout and the reason this all came together. I am very interested to see if the author kept the ball rolling and the great second half of this book continues in book two.
First half of book 2/5 STARS
Second half of book 4/5 STARS
Overall I guess I will average it out plus a little 3.5/5 STARS
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
About the book:
Faeries… The fae… The stuff of bedtime stories and fables.
But sometimes the faerie tales are true. Sometimes they are a warning…
For a hundred generations the fae have been locked away from the world, in the cold, the Outside. They have faded out of sight and mind, into myth and folklore. But now the barriers are weakening and they push against the tattered remnants of the wyrde as they seek a way to return.
As a new religion spreads across the world, sweeping the old ways and beliefs away before it, a warlike people look across the frozen ocean towards the shores of Anlan, hungry for new lands. War is coming, even as the wyrde of the Droos is fading.
As the fae begin to force their way through the shreds of the wyrde, will mankind be able to accept the truth concealed in the tales of children in time to prepare for the Wild Hunt?
- Series: Riven Wyrde Saga
- Paperback: 334 pages
- Publisher: Fallen Leaf Press (August 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0993003702
- ISBN-13: 978-0993003707
About the author:
Graham Austin-King was born in the south of England and weaned on broken swords and half-forgotten spells. A shortage of these forced him to consume fantasy novels at an ever-increasing rate, turning to computers and tabletop gaming between meals. unnamed
He experimented with writing at the beginning of an education that meandered through journalism, international relations, and law. To this day he is committed to never allowing those first efforts to reach public eyes.
After living in the north of England and Canada he settled once again in the south surrounded by a seemingly endless horde of children and a very patient wife who can arguably say her husband is away with the faeries.
Fae – The Wild Hunt is his first completed novel and draws on a foundation of literary influences ranging from David Eddings to Dean Koontz.
The Riven Wyrde Saga continues with Fae – The Realm of Twilight.
The Wyrde is dead and gone, its protection passed into the ether. The fae have been loosed upon the world as they begin their wild hunt, a nightmare from fables and legend made flesh.
At Hesk, in the heart of the Barren Isles Ylsriss must confront a reality she never could have imagined when her son is stolen from her by the fae. Her desperate attempts to reclaim him lead her far from this world and deep into the Realm of Twilight, where a still darker truth awaits her.
As the Bjornmen invaders drive their way deeper into Anlan, King Pieter refuses to act. Selena is forced to confront him directly even as Devin and Obair flee Widdengate and begin a search for answers, seeking help from a woman who may little be more than a memory.