Ella's life could not have been duller. She works, she breathes, and she follows the rules. But once she's swept off her feet by the mysterious and alluring Eireden, Ella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn as she becomes enmeshed in a deadly, magical game where lives and hidden kingdoms hang in the balance and where no one asks who she is. Instead they wonder what she is.
To be precise, she is bait.
Beautifully written, deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, The Feylands captures the struggle of a girl who is forced by fate into the hardest of choices: love or honor.
©2013 Peter Meredith (P)2015 Peter Meredith
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The beginning of an epic fantasy, in The Feylands we meet Ella, Gada, and Aric. Ella is a human (or is she) from modern day America. She is thrown into the into the world of the hidden lands after a series of events that bring her into the presence of the Gada (a Den) and Aric (a Fey), both of which find themselves inexplicitly drawn to Ella. They are constantly being dogged by danger as they travel, and the excitement just doesn't stop. Along the way, we even get to meet fairies and the always playful Whip-Whip; plus the loveably awkward dwarf, Furen. This is just the first book in the series and ends in a cliffhanger. You better bet I'll be ready book #2, ASAP!
Fred Wolinsky's narration was spot on. I'll admit that at first I was not sure about his style, but after the first fifteen minutes I couldn't imagine any other narrator. I hope they release book #2 on audiobook soon, with Wolinsky as the narrator of course!
So for all my fantasy loving friends out there, go get a copy of this one. It's definitely one you will want to add to your library.
I received this audiobook for free in return for my honest review.
I loved the scene where the dwarf and the fairy are introduced.
Absolutely! I wish I had that kind of time!
I am almost exclusively a true crime, biography, zombie fiction girl. I have never been into the fantasy genre but after just finishing The Feylands I am headed to get the next book in the series right now because I can't wait to continue this story. I listened to this story on Audible.com and I could imagine the action up on the big screen the entire time. Very rich and engaging characters. I look forward to looking into other works by Peter Meredith!
This is an amazing fantasy novel! It all starts with Ella, who has been raised by humans in the forbidden lands. Little does she know, but she has magic brewing inside of her. She meets two men from the hidden lands who convince her that she has some fey within her. This is where her journey begins as she is taken into the hidden lands. Is she fey or human? The book revolves around this question. It has a love triangle in the book, but not overly done. I don't like a lot of romance in my books and I still really enjoyed this one!
Fred does an awesome job with the narration! There were many times I felt like I was a part of the story while listening!
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Peter Meredith is one of my favorite authors. His books are filled with exciting plots, well built characters, and fraught with tension that you can cut with a knife! I am in love with his zombie stories, although most of them give me nightmares, so when I saw this, although it is fantasy, I still jumped at the chance. Sadly, I think my hopes were a little too high.
First of all, Peter’s great writing is peppered throughout this story. There are passages where I can really tell he wrote this, but then there are others that make me wonder if this was a first book maybe, or if someone wrote it with him. This could be it, or my dislike could be due to four other reasons:
1. My hopes were way too high! After reading the apocalypse series and falling in love with other characters, it is hard not to WANT to fall completely head over heels for another book that an author writes. I think I went into this hoping for something that it just could not deliver as a fantasy.
2. It is fantasy. I do not normally do well with fantasy unless there is an element (a huge portion) of the book that is horror.
3. My own current reading habits. Although, I think it has less to do with this because I have read a few books over the last three months that have really pulled me in. Sadly, this was not one of them.
4. The narration from Fred Wolinsky. The plot does lend to a sort of over dramatic feeling but I thought the narrator went overboard way too many times. There are pauses when I would not expect them and the starts and stops are very staccato. I felt like I was in a car ride where the driver continues to press on the brake without warning. I was jolted many times and found that I could not get into the story. I have not listened to Fred Wolinsky before so I am not sure if this is just his style.
The plot was interesting at first. Again, my reading habits (due to stress in real life) have been atrocious so something really has to grab me for me to be able to stick with it. Sadly, this fell short. Ella finds out she is adopted and freaks out. I’m talking seriously flips and runs away. This did not resonate with me at all. Right from the beginning I started to dislike her and her strange actions. I never fully understood her or the things she was doing.
With the narrating issues, I never felt like I could fully understand any of the characters. I could not get into this one at all. I do recommend Peter Meredith and I may decide to read this instead of listening, but as an audio, it was not my favorite fantasy.
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I very much liked the loyalty of Whip-whip and Furon, going against the odds, and what should come naturally, to defend someone who was completely foreign to them, that they had only just met.
I have not heard him before. I was frankly a bit surprised at the quite formal, and possibly slightly British accent, for a story taking place in an American location. Granted, it is an alternate world, but it is accessed through the US. To me, it seemed a voice one would expect to hear performing Shakespeare on a stage, rather than narrating this genre of book.
I found myself cheering aloud for Whip-whip on many occasions.
If I could marry books, I would. I am constantly in a state of reader's remorse after a book or series has ended.
Not necessarily, but more convenient for those too busy to read.
No, I have not
My favorite parts of this book happened when I was able to picture myself in this land being describe. That and the small answers peppered to the mysteries through the the story.
continuing this book not that it was bad, just that it was so different than any other narration I have listened to. I am glad that I continued and that I became used to the reading.
From the first Ella became interesting to me being shrouded in mystery and inner strength. It is clear which characters are your favorite and their flaws only make them shine more. Gada the worrier and Aric the noble Fey are both so hard for me to like one over the other, that I can understand Ella's predicament. Furun the dwarf and Whip-wip the fairy are companions and friends I would want on my side. All of them together may seem a group of misfits, but I have a feeling such a combination and mix of race representation is an important feat.
My favorite parts of this book are the slow build up and slow revealing of mystery of the characters and their backgrounds. Also the way in which the Forbidden lands and the inhabitants are described. I was able to picture the creatures of the land in all of their beauty and/or terror. This made it easy for me to ride alongside Ella, Gada, Aric, Furen and Whip-wip and grasp the danger and awe of these parts of the Hidden Lands.
I was constantly looking for openings in my day to pick up the story where it left off, I just had to know what happened next and I when I felt that I was at the height of the story, it ended. No, there are still question I need answers to and theories I have that need proven or disproved! One question that was answered was that I must move to the second book.
Ella is boring but beautiful. In her 30s, she works, has a circle of friends, talks with her parents regularly, and flosses. Her life is dull. But then one night, a mysterious man tells her she is something more. Soon she is swept up into a magical land where she faces both dangers and beauties she never thought possible.
This story started off intriguing. I liked that the main heroine was an adult, and well into adulthood. She has already lived a chunk of life so she has a frame of reference for right and wrong, bad and good situations. Once she meets Gada (who we learn very late in the book is called Eireden but you’re told this in the description of the book so I don’t feel bad mentioning it here), Ella’s world starts to unfurl. She has questions for her parents and she is saddened by the answers.
Then the two travel to the Feylands where Ella meets many fantastical beings. She befriends a little fairy who she calls Wipwip. Furan the dwarf is on a quest to find a very rare flower and Ella will do her best to help him. Later on she meets some elf warriors such as Aurok and Generi. There’s also evil beings (most of which are nameless) such as ogres, goblins, and seven evil horse riders. Overall, it had a very Tolkienesque feel to it. While this made it easy to slip into the story, it also made it predictable.
There are very few female characters. For the longest time, it is just Ella and of course every man adores her in some way. Some fuss is made about her virginity early on. Wipwip is female, but not treated as such. Generi is also female, and a warrior scout. I very much liked her character… until she ended up in a love triangle. That was a bit cliched. There’s a few more but largely, only Ella is plot important and she spends most of her time being carried by one male character or another from scene to scene. She does eventually step up a bit and has to do a little slaying, but it is putting down those nameless, evil beings that are already laying out on the ground.
The romance is strong in this story but it also felt predictable. At first, I thought it was sweet. Ella finally has some stirrings for a man and he seems like a worthy catch. But then it becomes this long, drawn out affair. Eventually we get that love triangle, and then a quadrangle, which I felt was just too many angles without any satisfaction. I suppose it was to be dramatic and perhaps tragic, but I yawned through much of the romance. In the beginning, the romance added to the plot, then it became a distraction from the plot, and sadly, it finally became the plot.
Gada/Eireden is our tragic hero. Perhaps half way through the book, we learn that ‘Gada’ is not his name but rather a caste designation. Eireden did something in the past that greatly dishonored himself so he was demoted by society to the lowest of lows, the Gada. Much was made about honor and this lowest caste and I just couldn’t get into it. The whole thing seemed overdone, over dramatic to me.
We keep being told that there is this horrible evil lead by a powerful demon. However, there are only a few fight scenes. There isn’t much military planning or coordinating going on. Essentially, we have this massive horde of nameless evil for the good guys to slaughter… and we got to spend time on Ella’s love life or Gada’s irked pride. I wanted to know more about this powerful demon and his motivations. I wanted bad guys with names and personal vendettas. Basically, I wanted more depth to what I had hoped would be the central plot of the story.
I really wanted to get into this book. It’s narrated by a personal favorite narrator, I listened to the audio clip and liked it, and I read other reviews and liked what I saw. I typically quite enjoy epic fantasy. I went into this novel fully expecting to be entertained. Sadly, this book was not the book for me.
I received a copy of this audiobook from the narrator at no cost in exchange for an honest review.
Narration: Fred Wolinsky did a great job with this cast of characters. His voice for Ella was quite believable and he had a nice, firm, strong voice for Eireden. I liked that he employed several accents for the various types of beings. His accent for Furan was great and his child-like voice for the little fairy Wipwip was spot on.
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