Richly populated with fae, pixies, sprites, dryads and other magical beings, this Teen/YA fantasy is the story of our seventeen-year-old heroine, Croi, as she journeys into self-discovery, traveling from the predictable safety of her life in Humanworld to the beauties, mysteries and dangers she will encounter in the unknown expanse of the Otherworld, where she is summoned by a spell she must obey, to face a future (and a past) that threatens to be as murky as it is painful.
“The portal shimmers in the night, a liquid gold curtain veiling the secrets of a different world.”
Layered with strange and wonderful creatures, (I do believe flower sprites are my favorites) inhabiting a world intricately drawn and evocative in its details, Croi will also encounter terror, darkness and some of most chillingly-depicted and evil life-forms you are likely to meet between the pages.
As Croi will learn, the rules of this world, and the “magicks” holding its four kingdoms stable and together, are forces not to be underestimated. As the tangled web of secrets and lies underlying her existence begins to unravel, it is not clear yet who exactly Croi is meant to be, and if she is to have any chance at all of getting there unharmed.
A fun read in a genre I do not typically spend much time in, this book was a welcome escape with a lively and entertaining story, touches of delightful humor, and a definite dark fairytale feel to it.
With an ending that seemed to promise more to come (of both this story and these characters), I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from this author.
A great big thank you to the publisher @Simon&SchusterCA and Netgalley for an ARC of this book. All thoughts presented are my own.