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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
The only world Meara knew was the quiet and solitude of the convent she was born in nearly seventeen years before. With a mother who died in childbirth and a father unknown, she was raised by the sisters of the convent. While most of the nuns seemed to dislike her and judge her on her birth, there were a couple of sisters who were kind to the young girl. One day in 1915, her mother's brother Simon comes to see his long-lost niece. After meeting this newfound relative, Meara finds out a few new things. Her mother, Sorcha, ran away to get married to an Englishman who was later killed. This forced the heavily pregnant woman to flee until she came upon the convent where she had Meara. Shortly after Meara was born, her mother passed away. Another shock she found out was that not only had her father been an Englishman, but a Druid as well! She is taken in by a kindly woman named Eleanor, a widow who lives a quiet life in the woods. The older woman claims she was driven by the spirit of Meara’s father to find and take care of her. Eleanor also believes the faeries aided in saving the young woman that day the convent was bombed.
I think Rayna Noire has created a beautiful story in Faerie Lights: Glimmer. It’s very well written and has a beautiful flow to it which makes it an easy and enjoyable read. The characters are well-thought-out and portrayed in a fascinating way. When I first saw the title, I figured it was going to be a long fantasy piece but was surprised and pleased with how subtly the magical hints were dropped into the story plot. The beginning section of the book seems very accurate as to how a Catholic convent would be behind the times in almost a medieval way. Actually, if the year 1914 had not had been written at the start of Glimmer, I would have guessed the era to be much older than WWI. I am eager to find out where Meara’s story lands her in the second novel.