Monday, September 21, 2009

Bones Of Faerie

Brief Synopsis (Barnes&Noble):
The war between humanity and Faerie devastated both sides. Or so 15-year-old Liza has been told. Nothing has been seen or heard from Faerie since, and Liza’s world bears the scars of its encounter with magic. Trees move with sinister intention, and the town Liza calls home is surrounded by a forest that threatens to harm all those who wander into it. Then Liza discovers she has the Faerie ability to see—into the past, into the future—and she has no choice but to flee her town. Liza’s quest will take her into Faerie and back again, and what she finds along the way may be the key to healing both worlds.

This story was very interesting, to me it was Science Fiction meets Fantasy Fiction. It started off great, very dark, a beginning that made me want to continue. The main character Liza is beaten, and not just physically, but emotionally too, by a father who is dead set in maintaining an order in their village, to keep it safe, not just from what remains of the world from before, but from themselves as well.
The writer sets the stage for adventure, and sorrow, loss, and discovery, but as the story continued it lost me. A journey takes place, Liza and her friend Matthew (whom set out after her upon her departure) venture into the woods at night, where the only goal to reach, is to get as far away from home as possible.
I found it hard to continue reading. As the story began to unfold, the "action sequences" began to dwindle in their intensity. I had to re-read certain parts, because I was unaware that I read past a pivotal point in the story. I was not very impressed by the introduction of characters, though their names stuck with me through out the story, their personalities were not evident. When I reached the last sixty pages of the book, the story picked up it's momentum, and it was hard to put down, I wanted to know the reason for these visions, and how they pertained to the world Liza lived in. Though I found I struggled to finish this book, I found the ending was done quite well, and my only hope was that the writer would have distributed the edge she showed toward the end, throughout the entire book.