Reviewed by Abigail
Sixteen-year-old Anya’s life is almost perfect—her family is faerie royalty, she is betrothed to the man of her dreams, and her desire to explore the human world is furnished by her freedom to travel between her home and the Warckum territory. Sadly, when the queen reveals that she is dying, Anya’s world is turned upside down, especially after the queen announces her intention to bypass Anya’s cousin Illumina in favor of giving her other niece the laura. Determined that she will not become queen and equally afraid of a world in which her human-hating cousin rules the faeries, Anya decides to search for the queen’s lost son, Zabriel, who had run away years ago. This new adventure into the human realm presents Anya with challenges and obstacles that she never expected as she meets a cast of colorful characters human and faerie alike.
Though books about faeries have generally gone the way of vampires, werewolves, and zombies, Cayla Kluver manages to bring a new story without most of the tired tropes. Her characters are eclectic and interesting, but for most of the characters, she stops short of making them fully relatable, particularly if Anya does not find them so. Anya herself is somewhat relatable, but she still needs to undergo growth from her challenges which might help with her relatability. Some of the plot devices she uses are not fully explained which leaves parts of the story slightly muddled, though the story line as a whole is interesting and contains enough surprises to keep readers on their toes. In general, the way Kluver writes is interesting and captures the imagination, and she has two more books to clarify and rectify her minor flaws.
I would probably recommend this book but with the warning that the story is long and the next two books are needed to become really enthralled with Anya’s world.