Written by Jenna Black
Published May, 2010 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Genres: Faeries, Fantasy
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Dana Hathaway doesn’t know it yet, but she’s in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, again, Dana decides she’s had enough and runs away to find her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the captivating, magical world of Faerie intersect. But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn’t just an ordinary teenage girl—she’s a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and the only person who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie.
Soon, Dana finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone’s trying to kill her, and everyone seems to want something from her, from her newfound friends and family to Ethan, the hot Fae guy Dana figures she’ll never have a chance with… until she does. Caught between two worlds, Dana isn’t sure where she’ll ever fit in and who can be trusted, not to mention if her world will ever be normal again…
I got into this series for the beautiful covers. I just couldn’t resist! As far as the story goes, it has potential to be a really great series, however, I can’t find myself liking the main character of Dana. I will continue on with this series (I have Shadowspell on my shelf right now) but I really hope it improves.
As I stated before, I just cannot get past my dislike for Dana. I much prefer a read where I can adore the protagonist rather than despite him/her. Dana was just a bit too naive and silly for my liking. She was constantly saying how ‘hot’ the guys were and always doing her best to shoot ‘witty’ remarks at people who crossed her.
The other characters, however, were enjoyable. Especially Ethan, Kimber and Finn. I would have liked to see more of Keane, but I think if he were to be in more of this book I would’ve been annoyed at the constant swooning from Dana over him and Ethan. The girl seriously can’t make up her mind. I will look forward to the development of a ‘love triangle’ perhaps later in the series, but in the first book I think it would’ve been a teensy bit too much on top of everything else that was going on.
And there was a LOT going on! One minute Dana’s at a recital, then she’s crossing the border into Avalon, then she’s been attacked by Spriggans (with bloody ‘male bits’ made of sticks!), then she’s making out with the hot fae guy underground… *wipes brow* At times I wondered where the story was going.
I do like the world that Jenna Black has crafted, though. There’s a lot of room for expansion and mythology here and I can’t wait to read more about it. I particularly liked the symbolism of the white and red roses. I think the promise of ‘magic’ from Dana was a little over the top, however. Her being the only Faeriewalker was enough to make her unique, but now she also can wield magic unlike any other half-human/fae?
I was surprised at times how blunt this novel was. See my above note about the Spriggans having their own visible private parts, haha. Our ‘main guy’ Ethan isn’t shy about saying he’s no virgin, either. This isn’t a bad thing, though, it’s definitely refreshing to not have an author hold back on what she wants to say through the characters.
I’ll be moving on to Shadowspell in the near future.
Recommended to: Fans of fae stories will enjoy Glimmerglass. It’s not your typical Fae story although there is the base Seelie/Unseelie elements.