The Wild Hunt (Faerie Sworn #1) by Ron C. Nieto
Magic still lingers in the mist-covered corners of the world, wherever the Old Ways are remembered. However, as civilization and reason scoff at the Fair Folk, the paths to power have been forgotten by all but a few.
Lily Boyd was meant to become a faerie doctor, a warden of humans and a keeper of balance, until disbelief and pragmatism led her away from the hidden world and into a mundane life. But truth has a way to be Heard and she will be forced to face it if she wants to save her family.
Armed with nothing but her childhood memories and protected by a debt of gratitude she doesn’t understand, Lily must decide who to trust while she navigates a world that is darker and more twisted than she is prepared for.
And should she make the wrong choice, should she mistake friend and foe… the eternal balance between the Faerie Courts may shatter, and then there will be more than Lily’s life on the line.
I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This was a great read— Nieto did an excellent job of making the world of the fae seem alive while still foreign. And Lily never wavered as a good example of a main character.
Beginning as skeptical as any late teen would of her crazy old grandma, Lily’s path to believing the fae is incredibly believable. In her situation, I think I would have been just as skeptical for about the same amount of time. And when forced to face the reality of the creatures she encounters, her shock feels real even while she finds ways to cope with it. I like that she found a way to work with the resources at her disposal. She blunders through some serious mistakes early on the novel, as one might expect of someone with no exposure to such a foreign culture. As she learns the do’s and don’t’s, she makes less mistakes, but she isn’t perfect. I liked that her natural speaking patterns didn’t change as she learned, other than the occasional catch before saying thank you or sorry. Overall, I was impressed with the character development.
The supporting cast of characters was a bit hit or miss, but with good reason. I loved MacKenna, Lily’s grandma, and she was very well written and well rounded. Troy was difficult to read, but he’s supposed to be—after all, we’re following Lily through this, and she clearly finds him difficult to understand/read. Same with the other fae.
This book was pretty fast-paced and crescendos to one hell of a cliff hanger. We’re definitely left with more questions than answers by the end, and I’m anxious to read more. At this point I’m as confused as Lily regarding which character is playing which role for which side. Yikes!
Posted on September 4, 2014, in Fantasy, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal and tagged book reviews, books, fae, faerie, faerie sworn, fantasy, fay, ron c nieto, the wild hunt, urban fantasy. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.