Nov 25, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: The Faerie War by @RachelMorgan13 #fantasy


The Faerie War 
by Rachel Morgan

Publication Date: Oct. 21, 2013
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: Creepy Hollow #3
Source: Received from author in exchange for an honest review

DeeJay's Rating: 
Good, but I expected more

Violet Fairdale is in big trouble. Her home is gone, her beloved forest lies in ruins, the guy she gave her heart to has deserted her—and she doesn’t remember any of it. The powerful Lord Draven is taking over, brainwashing guardians into fighting for him. No one is safe from the evil spreading throughout the fae world.

As alliances are forged between the remaining free fae, Vi struggles to reclaim her identity and figure out where she belongs in this new world. When someone from her past shows up, life gets even more complicated. He brings with him a long-forgotten weapon and an ancient prophecy that places Vi at the center of the fight against Draven. With the future of the fae world at stake, can Vi carry out the prophecy’s instructions before it’s too late? (Goodreads)

When I see the word "war", I think of gruesome deaths, blood, and gore. It's true, I'm a bit crazier than most, but I still think this book went a little soft on the "war" part.

When it starts, Violet is still dealing with her most unfortunate predicament (read the other books to find out what this predicament is), which was annoying, to say the least. But regardless, Violet was still her same old wonderful self, though unsure of how she got to be the way she is. She's still a fighter (a guardian) and still competitive (the best part about her). I was happy to see that Ryn told half of this story. I love Ryn! It was great to see how distance tested their relationship and how Violet's prior actions pushed it to the brink. Really awesome. We got to meet a bunch of new characters, plus relive the good (and bad) times with some of the old characters. What's great is that alliances and friendships were truly put to the test because of Draven, who has taken over the entire faerie realm and is literally forcing fae to join his side. Ryn has an especially difficult encounter at one point and it goes about as bad as one would expect it to. So good job there as well.

What I was disappointed with was the action. Again, the war was not really a war. It was a bunch of tidy battles that ended too soon and with everyone in tact. That's not really how wars go. It was way too neat and clean, and with the way The Faerie Prince ended, I expected so much more. TFP was way more boss. The author spent a considerable amount of time patching up Violet and Ryn's relationship instead of having them kick ass. When they did kick ass, it was great, but it didn't happen enough. I wanted more!

The ending (the final showdown with Draven) was also tidy and underwhelming. But it did tug on your heartstrings a bit, which is always a good way to end a series. There was also a few loose ends that I don't remember being tied up (I won't mention them because they're sort of spoilers). But maybe I just wasn't paying attention. It's possible. But overall, a decent book. I have to say, I really enjoyed this series in general. I wouldn't have read all three books if I hadn't! The characters were the best part, the covers are beautiful, and I LOVED all the magic and imagination infused in the books. I would most definitely recommend this series to lovers of faeries. It's worth the read!

See my reviews of the first two books!

MEET Rachel Morgan

Rachel Morgan was born in South Africa and spent a large portion of her childhood living in a fantasy land of her own making. After completing a degree in genetics, she decided science wasn’t for her—after all, they didn’t approve of made-up facts. These days she spends much of her time immersed in fantasy land once more, writing fiction for young adults.

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