If you like: Faerie lore * Odysseys * Secrets
The description of this series had a few key words that immediately drew me in: dark fantasy, dystopian, postapocalyptic. Bones of Faerie did not disappoint. The book is set in the future, after a war with the faerie folk has taken place. Most of our modern technology has been eradicated by the faerie magic. This magic turned plants and animals into vicious killing machines, and left an assortment of other dangers behind. Because of this, people exhibiting the telltale signs of magic—pale skin, clear hair, inherent gracefulness—are cast out to fend for themselves, or outright murdered. Throughout the story, we learn the faeries were not the only society that left behind devastation.
Although faeries are a large part of the story, the underlying theme is much broader. This is a story about consequences. Liza, our heroine, survives her sister and mother, and is left with her abusive father because of his persistence in eradicating anything faerie-like. This hyper-vigilances leaves any children born with abilities in danger. It also demands faerie survivors remain hidden, rather than use their magic to heal. Throughout her journey, Liza learns that magic is not the only evil in the world. Prejudice and annihilation can yield similar abominations.
If you’re looking to find the adventure that lies just beyond your front door, pick up Bones of Faerie. At a mere 250 pages, you’ll be there before you know it.
Simner, Janni Lee. Bones of Faerie. New York: Random House, 2009. Kindle Edition.