Title- Half Faerie
Series- Daughter of Light Trilogy # 1
By- Heidi Garrett
Genre- YA Fantasy/Faerie Tales
She doesn’t believe in love, and she doesn’t believe in herself.
The crucible of her parents’ dark ambitions will forge her destiny.
Her consciousness will be transformed.
The journey will be epic.
Melia is an eighteen-year-old half faerie, half-mortal who longs to fly like the full-blood faeries. She also yearns for a life that's truly her own, which might prove more difficult than sprouting wings. Her faerie mother practices black magic, and her mortal father plots to bring war to the enchanted world. No matter how she tries to escape their long shadow, Melia is unable to distance herself from her parents’ obsessions.
After the half-faerie is accused of being her father's spy, her friend advises a trip to the Illustrator. The mysterious woman marks Melia's forehead with a strange emblem. She claims it will draw a young priest from distant lands who will come to the half-faerie's aid. Spooked rather than comforted, Melia dismisses the woman's words. Rather, she travels to the mortal world to confront her father.
Whimsical and edgy, Daughter of Light is a spinoff of the 14th century French fairy tale “Melusine.” A high fantasy with fairy tale elements and an intriguing cosmology, it's a great choice for readers who have loved Lord of the Rings.
“We’re going to be late,” Plantine yelled from the long hallway that ran between the sisters’ rooms and dead-ended at their mother’s.
“I’m not going to school today,” Melia croaked.
Plantine peeked into her sister’s bedroom. “I knew it.”
Melia clutched her abdomen, conjuring up the appearance of as much distress as she could.
Her younger sister advanced with her arms behind her back. “Every dark moon phase an ailment strikes you. What is it this time? A sour stomach?”
Sometimes, Plantine knew her too well. “Too much raw dandelion weed, perhaps?” Melia forced her voice to quaver.
Her sister edged closer to the bed. When she was within arm’s length, she produced the cup hidden behind her back. “I brewed this for you.”
Melia jerked up. “When did you make it?”
Plantine handed her the cup. “It’s been absorbing the waning moonlight on my windowsill for several nights.”
The pale, milky liquid smelled delicious. “What is it?”
“The dust of flower petals, a bit of a crushed magnolia cone—one that fell inside the walls of the enchanted gardens, condensed water from that contraption in the kitchen, and an incantation I created on my own.”
“Following in Mother’s footsteps, are we?”
Plantine frowned. “It’s no black magic.”
“So you say.”
Melia and her sisters, love, dislike and their mom self- involved with her own goings on. We find out a lot of their story and just how their father wants to reincarnate Umbra. The story moves on including Ryder, Tuck, Flora and a whole cast of incredible people and/ or faeries. I really don’t want to say too much but it is a truly incredible journey with so much happening you are quite glued to the pages of the book.
Again Heidi Garrett wraps her fantasy world around you, putting you under its spell, you don’t want it to stop…ever. I found myself sharing emotions with several characters and my husband would walk by just shaking his head, he doesn’t understand books and what they can do. I highly recommend this book. I want to thank Heidi Garrett for making my otherwise boring life so exciting with her books, I am loving it, every single minute! Five stars for Half Faerie.
Heidi Garrett is the author of the author of the Daughter of Light series, a fantasy about a young half-faerie, half-mortal searching for her place in the Whole. She's also the contemporary fairy tale novella collection, Once Upon a Time Today. In these stand-alone retellings of popular and obscure fairy tales, adult characters navigate the deep woods of the modern landscape to find their Happily Ever Afters.
Heidi also collaborates with B. J. Limpin. They've cooked up a yummy paranormal romance, Cupcakes & Kisses!
Heidi was born in Texas, and in an attempt to reside in as many cities in that state as she could, made it to Houston, Lubbock, Austin, and El Paso. She now lives in Eastern Washington state with her husband, their two cats, her laptop, and her Kindle. Being from the South, she often contemplates the magic of snow.