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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
On every Equinox and solstice night in the Kyure realm, the fae and mortal worlds come together. With the help of Sylvie Imanthiya, Taylan the Fae King strives to hold the peace during the celebration. However, Casimir and his alchemists have other plans. When Taylan tries to prevent another fight between a group of fae and human soldiers, an explosion happens and poisons the land. It also changes Sylvie, as she wakes up and finds herself with a pair of wings. She soon discovers that she has a destiny to fulfill before Taylan’s old enemies bring despair to their world once again.
The world building is one of the strengths of Halayda (Star-Fae Trilogy, Book One) by Sarah Delena White. It is intricate and cohesive, with imaginative aspects that give a fresh spin to the fae world, history, and races, as well as magic and alchemy. The plot is complex and well-structured. That said, some turns of events puzzled me, but they were not necessarily confusing. Rather, I questioned some of the decisions that the characters made and how they influenced the direction of the plot.
In terms of characters, Sylvie and Taylan may be the essential pair in this story, but I’m very fond of Diza and Zad. Wise and witty, their help is priceless to ensure the safety of both Sylvie and Taylan. The bond between the young mixed-blood alchemist and the reluctant fae king is an imperative catalyst for the couple to reassess their thinking and stop punishing themselves for their past and flaws. Hope, trust, love and redemption are the dominant elements of Halayda, balanced with enough action and thrilling moments. Overall, this is a solid debut for the Star-Fae Trilogy by White.