A review by Domoni.
Thea is a 17-year-old girl trying to move on with her life after the tragic accident that killed both her parents. In the year since their death, she has been living with her best friend Eli and his family. On the first day of their senior year, Thea and Eli are attacked on the way to school. After escaping the attackers, Eli tells Thea the hidden truth about who she is. Thea is the princess of the elves, in hiding in the human realm since her family was murdered by Minen, one of the stronger council elders so that he could rule in their place. Now that she was old enough, Thea needed to return to Faey and take up her role as future queen to right the wrongs done to her people in her 16-year absence.
The return to her homeland has brought many changes in Thea. She is learning to accept and embrace who she is. She is aware of Eli’s affection for her but after the instant connection with Isaac, the leader of her guardians (the Thill), Thea is struggling to decide who she wants to be with. She is also struggling to master her abilities in the short amount of time before her coronation. Add in the fact that she knows Minen must be up to something, the disappearance of so many earth-wielding elves, and potential attacks that mean she probably isn’t safe, and things are more than complicated in Thea’s new life.
This was an interesting story. I enjoyed the world that the author created and Thea was a very likable character. I was glad that she did not immediately accept that she was a hidden princess and gladly follow Eli off to stake her claim. Though she did accept it quickly, there was a more logical progression that made more sense than many similar storylines. The land of the elves was not described much but was stated to be similar to the human realm that Thea was used to. I liked that idea as most elven stories have a more medieval description than modern, though I would have enjoyed a more in-depth description of the location.
The characters were well fleshed out. Most of the main characters had depth to their personalities and motivations that made sense. Though I felt like little was actually known about Isaac, which may be a part of why I did not embrace him as a romantic prospect. Which leads me to the romantic aspect of this story; I sincerely believe this story would have been better without the romance. They were contrived and made little sense. I am never a fan of the instant love that trumps the lifelong connection story, but this one actually almost ruined an otherwise excellent story for me. The relationship made no sense and the intimate scenes were actually very awkward, from the description to the characters’ conversations. Scenes that should have felt exciting felt embarrassing. Luckily the rest of this story was well done and fascinating enough that I would be interested in continuing the story in the next book.
My rating: 3/5 stars.
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About the Book
Author: Liz Keel
Genre: YA Fantasy
After losing everything, all seventeen-year-old Thea wanted was to be a normal teenager. Instead, she was attacked by a mysterious creature she thought only existed in fairy tales. Now thrown into the unknown realm of Faey, Thea is forced to determine the difference between reality and fantasy, in a world ruled by a dark elite and a society wracked by intolerance and prejudice.
With the support of her new friends and a mysterious dark-haired, blue-eyed guardian watching her every move, Thea will discover that when it comes to Faey, nothing is what it seems. Will her courage and desire to save this new world from darkness be enough? Or will Thea be the next victim to fall to the dark whispers of fate…
I live in Surrey, England, a short walk from the beautiful Windsor Park, with my husband Richard and our two gorgeous children Noah and Olivia. For me, writing is nothing short of an addiction and I often find myself sneaking out to my writing shed for just a few minutes, which can often turn into hours of pure, unadulterated bliss catching up with my characters and continuing their story.
In-between writing, I teach in a primary school where there’s never a dull moment! I will also often be found Kindle in hand, reading a wide variety of genres but with YA fantasy and paranormal romance at the forefront of my reading list. Although I’m currently writing the second book in the Driel trilogy, other characters involving all things fantasy, paranormal and YA romance are jockeying for position, wanting me to write their story next, so watch this space! It is such a privilege to share my stories with you the reader.
Thank you enough for taking the time to find out more about me. To find out more about Liz, visit her website.