by Karen Mahoney
Book I in a Trilogie
Published February 8th 2011 by Flux
synopsis from goodreads:
Freak. That’s what her classmates call seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood. When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed her father and drove her mother mad. Donna’s own nearly fatal injuries from the assault were fixed by magic—the iron tattoos branding her hands and arms. The child of alchemists, Donna feels cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane and grounded is her relationship with her best friend, Navin Sharma.
When the darkest outcasts of Faerie—the vicious wood elves—abduct Navin, Donna finally has to accept her role in the centuries old war between the humans and the fey. Assisted by Xan, a gorgeous half-fey dropout with secrets of his own, Donna races to save her friend—even if it means betraying everything her parents and the alchemist community fought to the death to protect.
Again one book I couldn’t put down and had to finish. Well, I do love Faerie Stories and of course I love a good witch story. Here we have both combined. What I liked and surprised me was that the magic component was already out in the open once you started reading. Meaning Donna was already well aware of what she is. Normally you have to go through all the revelations together with a character, yet here all is already set. This, I found very refreshing.
However, you learn about Donna’s world slowly bit by bit is revealed. Donna is a witch and she’s also very unique among her people, actually they are better called Alchemists than Witches. As a young kid, Donna was badly injured which resulted in her weird hands and arms. They are covered with beautiful rune like silvery tattoos, but of course this also makes her a freak for all outsiders.
When her best friend takes her to a party she meets the charismatic and also slightly different Xan and she feels connected to him. Xan is a half-fey and Donna crushes hard on him.
I truly loved the story line, witches, fey, ancient creatures and an ancient war. The Fey world here was very traditionell but combined with those young and modern characters created a wonderful combination. Also, I loved Donna – she was just easy to like and she ended up being very brave and loyal.
In the beginning, I was fascinated by Xan and he was the kind of boy I normally swoon over. But later on he became less transparent and I had a feeling his character was not very so consistent, which is why I only give it 4 starts instead of 5.
Overall, a truly magic story that has something for everyone that likes a good paranormal story combined with modern world and lovely characters. I most definitely read the next one too…