Book Review: Fairy Bond by: Frances Ruiz

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Hinterland Sky Press

Publish Date: December 30, 2010

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Trade Paperback

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Kelly hopes to make a smooth transition to high school, but hiding her half-fairy identity is hard when fairies burn holes in her tests to get her attention. Even so, being pestered at school by her fairy friends is the least of her worries. Miasmos is still out there somewhere - weakened but far from dead. It is only a matter of time before the evil fairy strikes again, incensed by the capture of his half-fairy son, Marcos Witherings. For his part, Witherings appears to have undergone a partial change of heart after being captured. He claims he can help Kelly find her father. She wants to believe him, but could it all be an act? Is it really wise to attempt a dangerous journey to a reclusive fairy band at his urging? A reclusive fairy band whose penchant for violence has earned its realm the name Land of the Terrible Ones? Any course of action Witherings suggests could be a trap. Even so, if there’s any chance it will lead her to her father, it’s a gamble Kelly’s willing to take.

Anticipated sequel to Fairy Senses, the critically acclaimed debut novel and 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist.

Review: ‘Fairy Bond’ is second book in The Key to Embralia trilogy by Ms. Ruiz. I hadn’t read the first book, ‘Fairy Senses’, before reading this book but thankfully I didn’t feel lost. This is a testament to a good story and characters and how easily the author gave information to readers without retelling the first book. I loved most of the characters, especially Bubbles and Beatrix, and I felt Kelly was very mature for her age. I wasn’t a big fan of Stephanie’s as she seemed immature and flighty. Kelly’s search for her father and for answers on how to defeat Miasmos leads to unlikely bonds of friendship being formed. ‘Fairy Bond’ is a fast-paced read, driven by interesting characters and a plot which really keeps you engaged from page 1. I’m excited to see where Ms. Ruiz will take Kelly and her friends in the next book, ‘Fairy Might’.

The Key to Embralia Series: Fairy Senses (1), Fairy Bond (2), Fairy Might (3)


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