Fly Free

Light of Faerie Part One

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
252 Pages
Reviewed on 10/08/2020
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Reviewed by Trisha Dawn for Readers' Favorite

Allison Rose’s Fly Free: Light of Faerie Part One is an extraordinary story about Sevelle, a faerie with a rare form of magic that can heal the connection between the faeries and the magic in their land. With a little guidance from Jae, her guardian and someone who is also like a sister to her, Sevelle tries to figure out how to use her magic to save her Faerie Court from the darkness that is slowly taking their lives. Being the so-called “Light of Day”, she is meant to someday rule the Day Court. Sevelle wants to prove to her mother, the Glorious, that she deserves to be the heir and she wants nothing more than to solve the problems of their court peacefully. But as the rebellion gets worse, Sevelle’s mother wants to face them head-on with violence. Hoping to solve everything without resorting to force, Sevelle and Jae agree to a proposition made by the rebel leader’s son, Lex. Thus begins a journey that leads them to discover dark secrets that will change their lives forever.

Fly Free: Light of Faerie Part One immediately caught my attention with its simple but stunning book cover and intriguing summary. Allison Rose created a fascinating blend of romance and fantasy filled with valuable and eye-opening lessons. The characters were all well-defined and distinctive. Each had their own unique set of strengths and weaknesses, their differing personalities and the role they each played in the story really made them unforgettable to me. Sevelle’s relationship with these characters showed me that the power of love can help bring out the best in you and other people. It really played a big part in the development of the story. The pacing was smooth and the plot was surprising, it kept me at the edge of my seat! The story was so exciting and with every page turned, I looked forward to what would happen next. Overall, it was definitely a brilliant and well-written piece. Well done!

K.C. Finn

Fly Free is a work of fiction in the faerie fantasy, action, and adventure sub-genres, and was written by author Allison Rose. Penned as the first novel of the Light of Faerie series, this work is intended for young adult audiences but can also be enjoyed by mature MG readers and adults alike. Protagonists Sevelle and Jae have been raised as sisters in the Court of the Day, with Sevelle primed to rule someday and the dutiful Jae as her guardian. So when rumors begin that evil lurks within the very walls of their own court, life takes the girls on different paths that may bring them together again, or threaten to shatter everything they’ve ever known.

Author Allison Rose has crafted a masterful story that will have fantasy fans hungry for more after this fantastic series debut. One of the things which particularly impressed me about the work was the commitment to worldbuilding around the Court, the rebels, and evildoers sneaking in from every angle. This intricate system brings much tension and surprise to the novel as we learn more about it, and the characters are well developed to fit into the world, but also grow with the power to change it for the better. I really enjoyed Lex and the rebels, who stole the scene every time they had a chance, and I found the dialogue really dynamic and emotive between the different characters, as well as efficiently moving the plot forward. Overall, I would highly recommend Fly Free to anyone seeking plenty of action and adventure in their faerie/magical fantasy works.

Risah Salazar

The land of Faerie is divided into two. There's the Day Territory where the Day Court is, and of course, its counterpart, the Night Territory where the Night Court is. Fly Free's story, the first installment of the Light of Faerie series, is focused on Sevelle, the heir to the Day Court's Throne, more commonly referred to as The Light of Day. In the middle of a rebellion, Sevelle is having difficulty finding her power. This is alarming both for the royals (her parents) and the rest of the courtiers because, at her age, she's supposed to know how to wield it. As more days pass where she remains powerless, more faeries get affected by the blight. And as if things couldn't get any worse, she discovers her guard and closest friend, Jae, is conniving with the rebels and gets her into more trouble than she already is in. While Sevelle's mother, The Glorious, is keen on violently purging the rebels, Sevelle believes they can achieve a peaceful agreement. The Glorious sends Sevelle away to the rebels to prove herself and find her power. Will Sevelle succeed or is there more to the rebels and her friends than they let on?

Allison Rose's Fly Free is a wonderful escape in these trying times. Although it starts right in the middle of a problem and does not backtrack to give the story a more solid foundation, the tone and flow somehow work for the rest of the book. The slow pacing continuously lures the audience to keep turning the pages. The characters are written well and Sevelle's internal struggles are very relatable. This suspenseful fantasy-adventure does not disappoint with the intricacy of details. From the description of the court, down to the skin and wings of the faeries, the imagery bursts with vibrancy. Allison Rose's Fly Free is highly recommended to those readers who love stories brimming with bravery and magic.