Queen Amaryllis of the Oakenfolk is a 350-year-old faery on her deathbed. It is there she infuses her remaining magic to Linden, the youngest faery of the folk and commissions her with a vital task: to seek out as ambassador another group of faeries to help restore their dwindling magic. Their loss of magic is all do to a faery named Jasmine, who cast a spell on the Oakenfolk so they would no longer need to take human mates to continue their population, but would repopulate themselves with eggs. But in doing so it spent their magic, and now they need it back if they are to survive. But this task is not an easy one. Though she has gained the queen’s magic, Linden must leave her safe haven and face the dangers of the world. She does gain an unlikely ally, a teenager named Timothy, and together the duo work towards saving the Oakenfolk.
Discovering a faery and believing her story wasn’t too far-fetched for Timothy. He had suspected something fishy at his cousin’s place when he went there after a two-week suspension from school. But believing in Linden was just the first step. Timothy then learns of others being faeries, and they are in fact all around him. Some have good intentions, others not. And, it seems an evil empress is ruling the faery world. Who can be trusted, and how can Linden and Timothy convince the good faeries to help?
I really enjoyed this clever fantasy. It was well plotted and had nice twists I wasn’t expecting. It blends the fairy world with the modern world nicely, and explores such topics as trust, faith, family, friendships, traditions, and loyalties. Regarding faith, Timothy goes through questioning of his own. A child of missionary parents, he has come to a path in his life where he is unsure of his own beliefs. He goes through a soul-searching time as he embarks on the quest with Linden. His character goes through quite a growth process as the story progresses.
“I guess I just…some beliefs make more sense to me than others. I don’t want to ever hide from the truth, you know? I want to know how things really are.” Owen Jenkins leaned forward earnestly. “Not a thing wrong with that, ” he said. “To look at the world as it is, study it with the mind God’s given you, and believe: That’s faith. But to hide from hard facts, or hide them from others, because you’re afraid of where they might lead you…” He sat back again. “That’s just ignorance.”
“So if I’m questioning by beliefs.. you think that’s actually good?
Owen Jenkins peered at him from beneath his bushy brows. “Better than never questioning them? I’d say so. Nut you can’t go on questioning forever. Sometimes you’re going to have to stake your reputation, maybe even your life, on what you believe. And when that moment comes…then you’ll know where you really stand.”
I think Wayfarer will appeal to a wide range of readers – young old, male, female, fantasy, and adventure fans. It’s not often a read a book that is so versatile, and I think this one is just so – a very enjoyable story.
Note: the prequel to Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter
Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy of the book for this review.
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