Fae - The Wild Hunt
The Riven Wyrde Saga Book 1
By Graham Austin-King
Release date - March 9th 2014
Fairies... The Fae... The stuff of bedtime stories and fables.
But sometimes the fairy tales are true. Sometimes they hold a warning...
For a hundred generations the Fae have been locked away from the world, in the cold, the Outside. They have faded out of sight and mind into myth and folklore, but now the barriers are weakening and they push against the tattered remnants of the wyrde as they seek a way to return.
As a new religion spreads across the world, sweeping the old ways and beliefs away before it, a warlike people look across the frozen ocean towards the shores of Anlan, hungry for new lands. War is coming, even as the wyrde of the Droos is fading.
Only by realizing the truth lost in a child's tale will the world hope to withstand the wild hunt.
My Thoughts: This is not your typical fairy story. Fairies are usually seen as magical creatures that are sweet and gentle. However, in this book, the Fae were creatures from nightmares. I was very much attracted to the blurb of this book, thus I was eager to read it especially when the Fae were sinister creatures.
The story started off very strong but it then began to lose me after a quarter in. The first chapter was very gripping. It was violent and sad. We were introduced to the character Devin when he was ten years old. He and his mother ran away from Devin's abusive father but their trip to get away went horribly wrong. I found myself worrying about Devin and his mother, Miriam, and I was eager to know how they were going to get away from their negative situation. The story then moved on to a different character and I found myself starting to lose focus. I wanted to get back to Devin's story instead of reading about the other characters.
Talking about characters, there were many. The plot broke away to tell the story of different characters. Devin and Kloss were the main ones though. Kloss was a teenager who was becoming an oarsman (a type of soldier). His story was a bit interesting but he was not my favorite to read about. Even though I became disconnected with the variety of characters, I did enjoy how they all came together for a purpose at the end.
The last quarter of the book was really good, however. We came to learn more about the Fae on who they were, how evil they were, why they were locked away, and the meaning behind The Wild Hunt. The sinister of the Fae and the fight scenes with the humans were intriguing. I was delighted when reading about how a character from the beginning showed up again towards the end. It gave me some sort of closure to know what happened to them even though it was a sad fate. The book also ended with a cliffhanger, which made me want to know what would happen next.
As a whole, this was a decent read. I liked the world that Graham Austin-King created with the Fae. I enjoyed his descriptive scenes about the creatures and the battles with them. Yes, I did struggle to read this book but I still found myself enjoying it at the end. I rate it:
About the Author:
Graham Austin-King began his writing with children's stories to entertain his children when walking them to and from school. When he started getting demands to repeat the same story over and over again he decided to write them down.
Liam and the Grump was soon followed by Captain Pegleg and the Greatest Treasure.
Fantasy is the genre which has always appealed to him, a result of reading too many books and playing too many roleplaying games and computer games. Having weaned himself on Tolkein he cut his teeth on David Eddings and Raymond E. Feist.
Finally the keyboard beckoned, there were worlds to create.
Graham lives in Kent in England with his wife and three younger children.