Title: The Faelti
Author: Rachel Pudsey
Rating: Five stars
“The three kingdoms are in need of help. War is brewing, and the Faelti are ready to take everything.
Abigail Crumble was only seeking to right the wrongs of her wish when she set out to find Levana, Watcher of the Night Sky. The last thing she expected was to stumble into the path of the Faelti, Fae-like creatures with a thirst for power and the ability to manipulate fire.
Separated from her friends and believing them dead, trapped in the Faelti camp and held hostage by the evil Kai Sisu, Abigail is no closer to reaching Levana’s dwelling and breaking the curse than she was the day she left her hometown.
As the threat to the three kingdoms grows, and past secrets begin to unravel, Abigail makes discoveries that force her deeper into a fight she’s not ready for.
Can Abigail take on the role she was born to have?
Can she put aside her own dreams for the lives of others?
Only the stars will tell…”
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What a ride this was! I reviewed book one in this series last year: The Watcher of the Night Sky got a full five stars from me and it was well deserved. Book two is just as good!
Why I left it so long to continue this series is a mystery. All right, it’s not. I have the attention span of a magpie in a room full of shiny coins and even if I love a book I have a habit of jumping into the next series that looks interesting. But I am so glad to carry on this series and read more about Abigail’s journey.
Abigail and her travelling companions (all of whom are in love with her – check the review for book one) are captured by the Faelti. A fantastical species who are born of the Fae, the Faelti, led by the aggressive Kai Sisu, are preparing for war and Abigail is a pawn in their game. After learning that Kai Sisu was instrumental in her kidnap when she was a baby that led to her being raised by adoptive parents, Abigail escapes his capture and continues her journey to find Levana, the Watcher of the Night Sky. Only Levana can lift the curse that she put on herself and the men following her when she wished for a lover on the stars.
After finding Levana, Abigail learns that she is definitively the daughter of the King and Queen of Haverworth, one of the three kingdoms. Levana has also been wronged by Kai Sisu and it’s only with Abigail’s help that they can stop his plans to overthrow the three kingdoms and the rise of the Faelti. Abigail must get back the necklace that Kai Sisu stole from Levana so the Watcher can exact her vengeance and bring balance to the three kingdoms.
This, however, entails going to Haverworth to finally meet her birth parents and take a step into the life of a princess. A life that Abigail just doesn’t want.
Abigail grew up in a safe town and is a quiet girl but she really starts to come into her own in this book. She puts up a fight and makes a scene when needed, but she is as caring and empathetic as ever. This combination, especially in the context of her character development, makes her such a lovable character.
Rachel Pudsey has an incredible knack for making a page turner without constant action. There’s loads of awesome action, let me make that clear, but it’s the chemistry between the many characters and their quirks that really help make this book un-put-downable. The comedic timing and clever quips give The Faelti real character and I’ve come to find it’s a bit of a hallmark for this author.
I will say nothing to ruin the climax but it was highly unexpected and so freaking addictive. The second half of this book was finished in two sittings! While the journey itself was thoroughly entertaining, I wasn’t prepared for just how good the ending would be. The only downside – it finishes on another cliffhanger!
The only challenging part about reading this book was the length of the paragraphs. They were very big and sometimes take up half a page but thankfully, it’s such an immersive story that you can become blind to it.
I left reading this sequel so long that book three is now available and it’s in my e-reader. No surprises as to what I’ll be reading next!
In case it wasn’t obvious, The Faelti has earned The Secret Library Recommended Read Seal!
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