It is that time of week again! This week we are looking at the first two books in the Star-Fae Trilogy by Sarah Delena White. These books are an extremely creative pairing of Steampunk, Alchemy, and Fairy Tale that will keep you guessing and eager to read what comes next. Below is the Book Blurb for "Halayda".
A mortal alchemist. A faerie king. A bond that transcends death.
Betrayed by a trusted mentor, Sylvie Imanthiya hides on the fringes of society, caring for half-fae orphans and trading her alchemical creations on the black market. She lives for the one night each season when she can see her dearest friend—a man whose destiny is far above hers.
King Taylan Ashkalabek knows better than to exchange halayda vows with a mortal. Even their friendship is a risk; love is an impossible dream. Then a brutal alchemical attack poisons his realm, unearthing a dark power within him—and leaving Sylvie with the ancient mark of Faerie’s savior.
Manifesting unpredictable abilities and aided by allies with their own secrets, Sylvie and Taylan journey into the wilds of Faerie to heal the damage and confront Casimir, an invincible star-fae determined to claim the realm as his own. But only their enemy knows Sylvie’s true capabilities—and Taylan’s weaknesses—and how to use them in his vicious schemes.
Her fate is life. His fate is death. With Faerie in the balance, Sylvie and Taylan must stand together before reality as they know it is destroyed.
Sarah Delena White's unique combination of genres will have fantasy and steampunk lovers alike turning pages with glee. The author's voice is warm, coaxing you into her highly complex world a little bit at a time. Though this Trilogy is not yet finished each book has its own satisfying ending with no tense cliff hangers. She also does a good job linking the books together without completely losing anyone who hasn't read the first book in a while. The books do contain some mild language use if that is a deal-breaker. I was not bothered by it.
I would not call these books fast paced, but that does not mean that there is not a bunch of action. There are so many tense scenes in both books that if they were linked together more closely you might need a heart rate monitor. This being said, the author lets you breathe between each moment of intensity and gives space for a wide range of character development. This means that a person who prefers action will enjoy these books AS WELL AS a person who prefers character development.
Both the human (Steampunk) realm and the fae (High Fantasy) realm are colorful and complex. Going back and forth between the two is interesting and sometimes jarring. The rules that affect both are fully fleshed out and in some ways are conflicting. This is why when the alchemy of one world meets the magic of the other there is such a clash. You will follow the characters all over both of these realms.
Two of the characters (not the main characters) are rather sensual in their interactions, but they are bound by Halayda (this Trilogy's version of marriage). The main character's relationship I would classify as a sweet, slow-burn courtship.
The religion of this book is a bit all over the place, which is understandable. As mentioned before, this book crosses two different worlds/realms with their own rules and ways of living. In the tangled web that the crossing of these worlds presents it is hard to find a single thread of belief. Mostly, only the author/reader has any idea what is going on because the characters have no clue. The author is a Christian, and the lack of a religious theme does not bother me.
The complex twisting of two opposing realms combined with a tragic love story was fun to read. The main character Sylvie was such a warm and caring person that you want to get to know her better. I love books with mysteries that you have to solve and these books did not disappoint. The best part about these books was not having to wait for a resolution. Yes, there were things that will continue into the next book, but I could read each book by itself with no cliffhanger angst. With books at 437 and 465 pages a piece this is a blessing. I highly, highly recommend these books.
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Rating System in Order of Intensity
N - NOTHING to worry about. Read this to your infant with a clean conscience.
A - Showing some ANKLE. Perfect book for the Puritan in your life.
P - Clutch your PEARLS. Grandma may raise an eyebrow, but keep on reading.
G - Will make you GASP. Both eyebrows will be involved in reading this book.
B - This is the full BLUSH people! If you are prone to fainting you will need a fan.
DB - You must DOUBLE BLINK to clear your eyes from being contaminated. None of the books I share here should reach this rating...Thank Goodness!