Balance is important in life. Everything we do and don't do creates this delicate balance of the earth. Sometimes that balance gets thrown off and the consequences can be devastating, especially if you are the fairy king.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I opened this eclectic story. There is something for everyone. A young girl experiencing her first love, lots of magic, mythical creatures and friendships that defy "normal". While fairies, unicorns and elves aren't things I generally look for in a novel, I'm very glad I decided to give this a try.
Laura Gilfillan creates a vivid world for us. From the tiniest ant hill to the expanse of the arctic glaciers there is no moment that falls flat. Each transition from location to location brings new and exciting characters, imagery and understanding from Elora. We view the world from her eyes and it is terrifying and beautiful at times.
Elora is a subtle character, full of wonder and young ignorance. She has this sense of undying curiousness that fuels her exploration into these other places. Even when she feels most alone, she ventures out to find answers.
The fairy king is a mysterious character and we don't learn a lot about him, but we know enough to know his intentions are good. There is a balance of light and dark in the world (literally and figuratively) and it is his job to help maintain the balance. He intentions are good, but execution is terrible when it come to his affection for Elora which leads to some interesting adventures for both of them.
A light, fun adventure filled read, recommended for lovers of fantasy and nature!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.*