At first she suspects she is having some sort of hallucination brought on by the accident. She is transported to a different word - the land of faerie, where she is told she is the lost princess of King Oberon and Queen Titania. She disappeared into the mortal realms 500 years earlier, but handsome Gabriel Drake, a faery nobleman, has rescued her. The realm, dark and neglected after centuries of neglect by the king, who has been in mourning since her disappearance, begins to return to life with her return.
Anita is confused and overwhelmed, but continues to believe she is dreaming it all, even though memories of her previous life are beginning to surface in her mind. An only child, she is a bit unsettled by the appearance of so many sisters, who treat her with surprising familiarity. And Evan - he is really Edric, servant to Gabriel Drake, and she is furious that he duped her into falling in love with him in order to get her to return to the land of Faerie. And even as she begins to believe she truly is a faerie princess, she is torn. How can she leave her parents in the mortal realms behind without a world of explanation? Is it truly her destiny to walk between the worlds? But what if she doesn't want that destiny?
This is another pick for my library's upcoming summer reading program. It was...enjoyable, but predictable. The characters were a bit flat to me - the sisters were mostly interchangeable, and Anita herself was slightly annoying in that she spent so much of the book trying to convince herself she was dreaming, no matter what anyone did or said. Once that was over with, though, and she started to try to take control of her life, the pacing picked up nicely. I also found some of the motivations of the characters to be a bit sketchy. King Oberon has been in mourning for 500 years for his missing daughter, yet he barely spends more than five minutes with her when she returns. Then he conveniently (for the plot) takes off on an extended journey around the kingdom to set things to rights.
I've heard that subsequent books in the series are better, so I may check them out at some point. I do think the series would be very appealing to teen fantasy fans, although I preferred Holly Black's modern faery tales to this one.Books in the Faerie Path series:
- The Faerie Path
- The Lost Queen
- The Sorcerer King
Other blog reviews:
The Compulsive Reader