Todd Fahnestock's #Fairmist depicts a story of magic and passion, of unlikely heroes and tiny forest goddesses, set in a world so richly painted one almost feels the droplets of #Fairmist on one's own face. From the opening scene, Fairmist transports the reader, and Fahnestock's characters come to life in vivid portrayal. The fast-paced story grips the reader and doesn't let go.
#Fairmist is an epic tale of bravery, fortitude, love and deception. The author seamlessly brought to life a mystical world of deadly slinks, seductive ringblades, and beautiful faia, and I could not believe how vividly every scene played out in my mind. The story is full of twists and turns that keep you on your toes, and once you pick it up you will not be able to put it down again.
The imaginative world of #Fairmist draws the reader in from the very first page, from the brutal Debt of the Blessed to the beauty and the imagination of the Lateral Houses. Fairmist does a wonderful job of showing the worst of human nature and the best of human nature. What are the lengths that we will go to in order get what we want? How do we stand up to stop atrocities that are happening around us? Fairmist constantly makes you wonder on which side you have the strength to stand.
I found the female characters in #Fairmist to be the most entertaining to read. The main character, Adora, faces many challenges. Some of these challenges involve fulfilling an ominous prophesy, and managing a headstrong Whisper Prince, a creepy Uncle, and a REALLY bad haircut. It was wonderful to see how this fiery woman handled these tense situations with grace and aplomb.
I might also add, that once you've started the book you'll be ready to pledge your life to the Ringblades (An all girls club of kick ass warrior women who serve the Emperor, for better or worse.) Two more chapters in and you'll slightly regret your overhasty decision, (limbs may or may not have been devoured, warrior women may or may not have been harmed in the making of this novel.) They may not be on the "good side" of the hero scale but, they can dance like a dream and kick like a mule.
While the Whisper Prince is bumbling about in the forest trying to save the world and learn how to use his new found powers, the womenfolk are turning the wheels and guiding him towards the light...and I like that, I like that very much.