In it, Amavia, a fifteen-year-old girl, and her two brothers Inocian and Thewlis end up pulled into a faery world called Mieradome where friends may be foes and a desperate grab for the crown of the faery world by various competing royal families is dangerous. Not soon after being enchanted and mesmerized by the beauty of the place does Amavia realize that she may have ties to Mieradome – mystery and secrets surrounds her.
One thing was quite clear to me as I read Mieradome – Kate Hegarty has spent a lot of time fleshing out this faery world and inhabiting it with all sorts of different races of faery, different cities with distinct environments, royal families with detailed lineage, and exhaustive background for all of the above. It felt like a labor of love, which was charming.
I will say that it took a good, if small, period of time for me to really connect to any of the characters – but I did soon enough. Details of Mieradome are plenty, but details of the characters take a bit more patience to find out about. However, with that patience does come a better understanding of the characters and their personalities.
Kate Hegarty creates a fun story full of adventures, some overarching and some simpler and quicker to resolve that help create gateways to showing off more of her fully realized world and the creatures in it. At times it almost feels like a collection of short fairy-tales.
However, there are some mysteries that have a darker tone, which I admit I was more intrigued by (though the jovial adventures had their charm, as well, of course). I don’t want to give too much away, but I was quite surprised and absorbed by the course some of these stories took. There are some twists that I did not see coming!
Mieradome, I felt, was really a quest for truth. It was about being in a picturesque faery land, but it was also about, Who am I? What is my purpose? What is my past?
At times I did find myself confused by all the details and backgrounds, and I think a good reread would help clear up some things for me. I bet I would enjoy it even more the second time around!
I can’t help wondering if the story is really over, or if Kate Hegarty might decide to let us roam about Mieradome once again.
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