Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner
Random House Books for Young Readers (January 27, 2009)
Rating: 3 out of 5
Before the War between Faerie and humans, life was different. Normal. Most people didn’t even believe in faeries – but of course that changed. Now the War is over and Earth will never be the same. The trees thirst after human blood and the stones glow white hot and deadly. You must beware of strangers – they may not be as they seem. The times are dark, dangerously enchanted, and humans cluster together trying to stay alive.
In Liza’s town, anyone found to be bearing signs of magic is killed instantly – man, woman, or child. When Liza starts seeing strange and terrifying visions, she knows what she has to do. If, as she suspects, she is tainted by magic, she is in danger. She flees for her life, though she despises it now. How can she become something she hates? How can she turn into the enemy against her own will? She is now a danger to her fellow man and can trust no one. Not even herself.
‘I had a sister once. She was a beautiful baby, eyes silver as moonlight off the river at night. From the hour of her birth she was long-limbed and graceful, faerie-pale hair clear as glass from Before, so pale you could almost see through to the soft skin beneath.‘
Bones of Faerie is an original, fast-paced, and often-poetic faerie tale. It is also dark and rather disturbing at times. The first few chapters were promising and very well-written, but somewhere along the way the story lost its magic for me. It didn’t flow any more. Some characters I cared about came alive, others were incompletely developed and never real for me (including one of the main characters unfortunately). That said, I loved Liza’s character and the magical world that Simner created was brilliant. Liza’s magic-infused world, especially the bloodthirsty, unpredictable trees, won’t soon be forgotten.