Forget cute fairies in pretty dresses. In the world of Aluvia, most fairies are more like irritable, moody insects. Almost everyone in the world of Aluvia views the fairy keeper mark as a gift, but not fourteen-year-old Sierra. She hates being a fairy keeper, but the birthmark is right there on the back of her neck. It shows everyone she was born with the natural ability to communicate, attract, and even control the tiny fairies whose nectar is amazingly powerful. Fairy nectar can heal people, but it is also a key ingredient in synthesizing Flight, an illegal elixir that produces dreaminess, apathy and hallucinations. She’s forced to care for a whole hive of the bee-like beasties by her Flight-dealing, dark alchemist father.
Then one day, Sierra discovers the fairies of her hatch are mysteriously dead. The fairy queen is missing. Her father’s Flight operation is halted, and he plans to make up for the lost income by trading her little sister to be an elixir runner for another dark alchemist, a dangerous thug. Desperate to protect her sister, Sierra convinces her father she can retrieve the lost queen and get his operation up and running.
The problem? Sierra’s queen wasn’t the only queen to disappear. They’re all gone, every single one, and getting them back will be deadly dangerous.
Sierra journeys with her best friend and her worst enemy — assigned by her father to dog her every step — to find the missing queens. Along the way, they learn that more than just her sister’s life is at stake if they fail. There are secrets in the Skyclad Mountains where the last wild fairies were seen. The magic Sierra finds there has the power to transform their world, but only if she can first embrace her calling as a fairy keeper.
I received a free copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I loved the idea of this book. It was original and refreshing. I love the faeries, I would love to have had them in the book more. I found the story exciting but a little slow at times and the ending a little rushed, like the author was trying to get it all out before she forgot what she was going to say.
Sierra was a great main character although I would have liked to see more of Nell, Sierra’s hatred for her was clouding her true personality. I actually really liked Nell, even though I am guessing we were not meant to.
Corbin was another one that I didn’t feel had much personality to him, when I come to think if it, Sierra was the only person that really had a personality.
The world was well written and full or magical surprises. Near the end I could not put the book down, that started when the fairies were introduced. I will read more from this author.
3.5 stars out of 5