If you are looking for a dark faerie young adult novel, then be sure to pick-up Janni Lee Simner’s Bones of Faerie trilogy. Simner creates such an original world and story that I found it to be an incredibly refreshing read.
Bones of Faerie is the first book in the series. Liza has grown up in a very bleak world. After the war with the faeries, life as they once knew it no longer exists. There are no cars or computers, in fact there are very limited resources. Liza also knows that when people are touched with magic they must be “dealt” with. The evil of magic must not be allowed into the village regardless of how brutal the actions to the inflicted are. The problem is, Liza thinks she may have been infected with magic. She decides she much embark on a quest to better understand her heritage and her mother.
This is an excellent, albeit dark, faerie dystopian tale. Simner did such an amazing job of describing the fear of living in her world. The mythology of the magic is unlike anything that I have read lately. It was not just the people that were effect by the faeries but everything: trees, water and creatures have all come to life with magical gifts. I loved this but found myself anxious right along with Liza during her perilous journey. You never knew what was lurking around the next turn. Not only are the descriptions fabulous, but so are the characters. Liza may be sheltered but she is already starting to grown into a strong and independent heroine. And I also loved her healer Allie with her constant optimism. She is a the perfect balance to Liza’s often pessimistic logic.
We still have autographed copies of Faerie After, book three in the series, in-stock. Janni Lee Simner has told us she is happy to sign books for any of her fans and will stop in the store to sign books. Please let us know if you are interested in a personalized autograph copy.