Friday, October 14, 2011

Faerie Winter

Review Time! Faerie Winter is the sequel to Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner. The series is a dystopian dark fantasy which is quite different from everything else I’ve read! If you haven’t read Bones of Faerie seriously think about reading it because it’s so different! Thanks to Random House for the review copy!

(Goodreads) Liza is a summoner. She can draw life to herself, even from beyond the grave. And because magic works both ways, she can drive life away. Months ago, she used her powers to banish her dangerous father and to rescue her mother, lost in dreams, from the ruined land of Faerie.

Born in the wake of the war between humanity and Faerie, Liza lived in a world where green things never slept, where trees sought to root in living flesh and bone. But now the forests have fallen silent. Even the evergreens' branches are bare. Winter crops won't grow, and the threat of starvation looms. And deep in the forest a dark, malevolent will is at work. To face it, Liza will have to find within herself something more powerful than magic alone.

The Short Story? – The highly anticipated sequel to Bones of Faerie does not disappoint! Simner has written yet another seductive dark fantasy set in a dystopian environment! Enticing and dangerous, Faerie Winter is beautifully dark and brilliant! For fans of the supernatural with an exciting new edge, this one is for you!

The Long Story? – One of the things I love about this novel was the setting. The series is set in a dystopian world which is interlaced with magic. Unlike most dystopian societies which are modern rubbles, Simner has created a dystopian society that has travelled back in time to the Middle Ages. Not only has she incorporated dark fantasy into her story. The whole world is shadowed by the dangers of magic, the trees long for blood and the faeries are evil. Beautifully written and well-planned, Simner has written a novel filled with adventure, loss and hope. Very original and highly entertaining. It’s one to be enjoyed by lovers of all things dystopian or paranormal.

It annoys me to no end that the protagonist is called Liza. If only the ‘z’ was an‘s’ then it could have been a story about me!!! :) However it’s impossible to dislike Liza, she’s a very strong heroine. Level-headed, brave, selfless and intelligent. She’s someone to be admired. Matthew, our love interest doesn’t play a huge role in this novel but I love him anyway for always being there for Liza. Karin, the faerie who cares for humans and Kyle the brave little boy who I had grown to love. A wonderful cast of characters, well-developed and filled with personality.

Faerie Winter is like nothing you’ve ever read before. A clever tale about a world that’s falling apart, a race of beings that want to wipe out human population and a girl who has the power to change everything. Beautiful, exciting and dangerous, Faeries Winter is a brilliant companion to Bones of Faerie. To be loved by readers of all ages, if you’re looking for something new, this is a guaranteed good read.

Rating – 4.5/5

Badass Bookie xx


  1. I have this in my gigntor TBR pile... and I really, really want to get it to it soon because I loved Bones of Faerie so freaking much.

    Thanks for the wicked review and reminder that this book needs to be bumped up the pile a little. ;)

  2. We put this up on, along with Janni's other 2 YA works, so you can go 'fantasy cast' it. Who do YOU see in the movie? :)
    "for the movie in your mind"