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Reviewed by Risah Salazar for Readers' Favorite
After the Great War, something is amiss in the Shining Kingdom and both Virtues and Power Angels are befuddled. Virtues are a higher form of angels who guard a specific entity in nature such as trees, the wind, and oceans. Power Angels, on the other hand, are the military arm with lower ranks. They protect the kingdom and defend the Father's throne. For some inexplicable reason, they are suddenly banished from above. They have not sided with Lucifer and for a very long time, the mystery of their abandonment remains unanswered. Xi, a Virtue, and Jarvok, a Power Angel, are forced to create a new identity. The former becomes Queen Aurora of the Court of Light; Jarvok becomes king of the Court of Dark. The two factions now call themselves the Fae.
Danielle Orsino's The Birth of the Fae: Locked Out of Heaven is the first installment in this series. It has a gripping start with rich imagery all throughout. Both the narration and the details are carefully laid out. With a dark yet magical tone, this high fantasy, though at a slow pace, is consistent in engaging readers. Loosely based on the notion of Christianity, particularly good versus evil, The Birth of the Fae offers a commonly used plot but with surprising characters and a suspenseful turn of events. The language is compelling and never lacks artistic flair. Like many other fantasy stories, the big picture and the underlying message hit home as they mirror reality. Overall, the story is complex but has a nice flow and delivery.