Series: Bones of Faerie #1
Author: Janni Lee Simner
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: January 26th, 2010
Genres: dystopian, faeries, fantasy, urban fantasy, young adult
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(Goodreads): The war between humanity and Faerie devastated both sides. Or so 15-year-old Liza has been told. Nothing has been seen or heard from Faerie since, and Liza’s world bears the scars of its encounter with magic. Trees move with sinister intention, and the town Liza calls home is surrounded by a forest that threatens to harm all those who wander into it. Then Liza discovers she has the Faerie ability to see—into the past, into the future—and she has no choice but to flee her town. Liza’s quest will take her into Faerie and back again, and what she finds along the way may be the key to healing both worlds.
Faeries in a dystopian YA urban fantasy set in a futuristic St Louis? That’s what Bones of Faerie was, and it was really good.
Liza has been born into a post-apocalyptic world that is the result of the War. The War was between Faerie and the human world. It resulted in the utter destruction of Faerie and the destruction of most of the human world (or at least the continent of North America). In her town, any child born with faerie blood is either put into the forest, for the faeries to take back should they choose, or killed. Anything magic is snuffed out because her father believes that all magic is bad, and there can be no good magic. Her dad is not a nice guy.
I thought the human-built entrance to Faerie was very interesting. It seems as though the entrance to Faerie always existed, and the humans just built the Arch around it. Perhaps as a deterrent to humans looking for Faerie – how many would believe that the entrance to Faerie was something man-made as opposed to a hole in a hill or a tree somewhere.
Another I liked was that the author kept the rules of magic consistent throughout the book. If you can push something away, you can also call it to you. If you can heal, you can also break. The rules were very consistent and that was nice to see as sometimes they can become very flexible. I also thought that the clear strands of hair being a sign of being ‘faerie-cursed’ or ‘faerie-blessed’ (depending on how you look at it) was very unique.
It was interesting to see that both sides of the War had lost greatly. The Faerie more so than the humans, and the effects that the now-polluted air in Faerie had on our little band of adventurers was quite dramatic, but also realistic. What ultimately destroyed Faerie, and the fact that that technology no longer exists in Liza’s world, but still does in ours, makes for a very interesting contrast.
This was well-written and the storyline was interesting and thought out. I enjoyed it and if you enjoyed the Hunger Games or any of the dystopian novels that are similar to it, I think you would enjoy Bones of Faerie. I can’t wait to start book two, Faerie Winter, to see what happens next.