‘The Faerie Guardian’ – Rachel Morgan
Protecting humans from dangerous magical creatures is all in a day’s work for a faerie training to be a guardian. Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale knows this better than anyone—she’s about to become the best guardian the Guild has seen in years. That is, until a cute human boy who can somehow see through her faerie glamor follows her into the Fae realm. Now she’s broken Guild Law, a crime that could lead to her expulsion.
The last thing Vi wants to do is spend any more time with the boy who got her into this mess, but the Guild requires that she return Nate to his home and make him forget everything he’s discovered of the Fae realm. Easy, right? Not when you factor in evil faeries, long-lost family members, and inconvenient feelings of the romantic kind. Vi is about to find herself tangled up in a dangerous plot—and it’ll take all her training to get out alive.
This is a delightful and charming fantasy novel to read. Morgan successfully creates a magical world of faeries and mystical creatures and it was a pleasure to delve into this place. Easy to get in to, the plot had many surprising twists and turns along the way that kept me guessing right until the very end.
The world that Morgan creates is intriguing and I loved the magical elements that came across. Being able to write “doorways” in walls that take the conjuror to where they are thinking of is the method Violet uses when she starts seeing Nate. Her ability to conjure weapons out of thing in air, her tree house home and spells that are woven to protect and create (such as ball gowns, for example!) made ‘The Faerie Guardian’ a pleasure to read and I could really picture the events unfolding. As such, I found myself wishing that a bit more time was spent revealing Creepy Hollow (the fae realm where Violet and the other faeries live) because it was such a magical place. It reminded me a bit of ‘Avatar’ at times, particularly in the scene where Violet and Nate climb the tree and the fact that faes in Creepy Hollow live in the trees.
Character motives were really surprising and throughout I found myself being suspicious of them. Morgan keeps you guessing and reveals little segments at a time but even then there is still more that she holds back (probably in preparation for the second book in the series). I found myself constantly distrusting Ryn throughout, despite his actions towards the end of the novel, whilst at the same time didn’t want to believe the worst of Nate. I really enjoyed how the characters became linked over the course of the story and as more was revealed about them, wanted the author to keep them in the spotlight of the action to understand their personality a bit more.
This book kept me interested throughout. The fast pace and unusual narrative made this a pleasure to read. I think if more time was spent with some of the key characters, such as Angelica, Nate or Zell, then this would have added more depth to the story. That being said, I really liked the bonus chapters at the end as they certainly filled in some of the gaps in the story. The only downside was that it became a little repetitive as the dialogue (obviously) doesn’t change.
‘The Faerie Guardian’ was a great read and I am really keen to learn what happens next in the follow on novel. I loved the magic and spells that Morgan wrote about and really liked Violet and her ways. I really hope that the next story spends more time revealing the ways of Creepy Hollow because it is so different!
This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.