Welcome to my stop on the Fae Child blog tour! Huge thanks to Random Things Tours for giving me the opportunity to take part in this! I was provided a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.
Publication Date: 15/12/2020
Length: 220 pages
Genre: Fantasy | Middle Grade
When eight-year-old Abbie Brown discovers a quiet pool of water while wandering through the woods behind her Oregon home, she wades out into it and discovers she’s not alone. A wild-haired boy in green stares at her from the other side of the water. Mesmerized, Abbie reaches down to him and is yanked underwater.GoodReads
She emerges on the other side as an unwelcome visitor to the Otherworld, the land of the Fae, with only the boy Foster to guide her. Back in Oregon, a changeling lookalike has taken her place, bonding with her mother while her father, hiding a secret of his own, views the “girl” with suspicion.
In the courts of the Fae a truce has long been in place between Winter and Summer. What havoc might a human child wreak in the careful machinations of beings older than time? And to what lengths will Abbie’s father go to get her back?
I really loved all the different characters in this novel, I think Abbie is a wonderful protagonist and the way she deals with her situation is admirable and both children and adults can learn a lot from her. I also loved how inquisitive she was and how unafraid she was to ask questions and be herself. Although we don’t see the two characters together much through the novel, I also loved the way the father-daughter relationship between Abbie and her dad is portrayed. In fact, all of the relationships and friendships are really well written in this novel; they are complex yet wholesome (for the most part). I’m thrilled that this is the start of a series, as it will be great to see how these characters progress and develop.
The plot was well paced and it was a great way to introduce readers to the world. I really enjoyed the way the novel was written and how the different characters spoke. I thought that was a brilliant, subtle, way to show the differences between the worlds and the people within them. There were many different aspects to the plot that kept me hooked and would introduce young readers to how interesting stories can be and how they’re not all from one perspective. Although this is a children’s novel, I feel like many older readers would also greatly enjoy the world and the premise that Meissner has set up through Fae Child. Whilst there were simple elements to the story that older readers would pick up on quite quickly, this didn’t feel like a children’s fantasy novel. It felt more like a fantasy novel that children would be able to understand instead.
Overall, I really enjoyed this novel and thought that it is a very promising start to a new hit series for young readers. Although, it is also one that adults could enjoy too – with loveable characters and an intriguing plot! Be sure to pick this up when it is published tomorrow (15 December 2020)!
About the Author
Jane-Holly, an Oregon based writer, has been scribbling stories into notebooks and online for most of her life. She squeezes in time for her four kids, date nights at the movies with her husband, and explaining her first name to everyone she meets. She believes that, if creativity is directly correlated to how messy your house is, she might just be one of the most creative people on the planet.