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Elfland by Freda Warrington (Aetherial Tales Book 1)

from the back of the book

Star-crossed lovers, caught between worlds…

The Aetherials live among us, indistinguishable from humans. Every seven years, on the Night of the Summer Stars, Lawrence Wilder, the Gatekeeper, throws open the Gates to the Other World. But this time, he has sealed the Gates, warning of a great danger lurking in the realm beyond. The Aetherials are outraged. What will become of them, deprived of the home realm from which their essential life force flows?

Rosie Fox and Sam Wilder are drawn to the lands beyond the Gates, even as their families feud over Lawrence’s refusal to open the Gates. Struggling with their own too-human urges, they are drawn together in a forbidden alliance. Only by breaching the dreaded Gates and daring the danger beyond can they confront that which they fear most – their otherness – and claim their birthright.

My Rating: 3 out of 5

Bookshelf: No

How I got it: Bought

I read this as part of Jawas Read, Too’s Women of Fantasy book club for the month of March. I’m not sure what I was expecting, which is a good thing, because I’m not set up for disappointment right away. I didn’t have anything against the book, or the story, but it just didn’t work for me. The story definitely moved much slower than what I’m used to reading. I like to think of this as a soap opera with Fey. There’s lots of family drama and romantic intrigue, but there’s also plenty of Atherial-related dilemmas. It’s not a bad combination, but the pace of the book was just way too slow for me. I can normally finish a book within a few days, but this bad boy took me over two weeks to finish. While this may not be an issue for some people, it is for me. The story itself was good, and I was quite interested in what happened to the characters. I enjoyed the world building of the Aetherial Realm, and the interweaving between that and the ‘real’ world (Earth). Rosie turned out to be my favorite character, even though I found her a little annoying at first. So, all in all, I don’t regret that I read it, just that it took so long.

I wish I had something to compare this to, but I haven’t read anything quite like this before. If you’re a fan of drama, intrigue, and Otherworldly elements, you may want to check this out.

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