Friday, November 29, 2013

Faerie After

Faerie After is the YA post-apocalyptic fantasy conclusion to Janni Lee Simner’s Bones of Faerie trilogy.

Of course, you want to read Bones of Faerie and Faerie Winter before Faerie After – click on the titles to read my reviews.

In my opinion spoilers are never good, so even though it probably wouldn’t be dire to the overall story, I recommend you don’t read my review/synopsis of Faerie After until you’ve read those first two books…

Liza has been away from her home, learning more about her magic from Karin over the last few months. Though she misses her mother, Matthew, Kyle and others at home, life has been steadier than it was for quite some time. And the spring seems strong.

But when Liza stumbles across a new danger – piles of ash where living creatures once stood – Liza comes to the realization that both the world of Faerie and the human realm are still deteriorating since the War.

Everything will eventually turn to dust.

Searching for a solution may mean crossing over into Faerie – and putting all she knows and cares about in danger.

Will Liza sacrifice herself to heal both worlds and save her family and friends?

Faerie After is a sad, complicated yet straightforward conclusion.

The entire Bones of Faerie trilogy has a sweet, slow building romance that never takes center stage but manages to be very effective. Anyone who has read the books knows what I’m talking about. It’s a subtle but lovely side story.

In the world Simner has created, magic has morose consequences. In this world, she shows how people (and faeries) can be both terribly cruel and beautifully courageous.

At times I felt like this final novel was a bit of a jumble, in and out of various circumstances, but still good. There were moments that were heart-wrenching. It cannot be denied that Simner creates a gorgeously told narrative, a dark faerie tale with strong characterizations.

I also appreciated what ended up being a very cool, meaningful twist and revelation near the end.

And despite my misgivings at times of Faerie After truly meeting its full potential, by the end, what do you know? I felt like sobbing. And I was covered in goose bumps!!!

The goose bumps don’t lie.

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