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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Faerie Winter by Janni Lee Simner

If you like: Mind Control * Faeries * Good vs. Evil

Faerie Winter is one of those rare sequels that is better than the original. Bones of Faerie was more of a quest to gain knowledge. In Faerie Winter, the exposition isn’t needed, so there is more substance to the story. The world created in this series feels much more real, as well.

We meet a much stronger enemy in Faerie Winter. After meeting the Lady, we have a greater understanding of the animosity between humans and faeries. In the first installment, the majority of faeries, or humans with faeries abilities, were helpful. It was the post-war world that was the enemy. Having an active antagonist makes the story much more captivating.

Faerie Winter is also a story of choices. In Bones of Faerie, most actions were a reaction to the state of the world; in Faerie Winter, actions are driven by assault from people or faeries. With life and death hanging in the balance, the choices each character makes are heartbreaking. Throughout the story, the main character, Liza, grows to understand a lot about the decisions that lead to the war—and that her previous view that everyone should always be saved was juvenile. I really enjoyed these moral gray areas. In life nothing is ever black and white. There is rarely a clear correct choice. Faerie Winter captured this part of human nature in a real way.

If you like an a villain who doesn’t have a shred of remorse, or hesitation in action, read Faerie Winter.

Simner, Janni Lee. Faerie Winter. New York: Random House, 2011.

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