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Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite
Being a faerie guardian has dominated Violet Fairdale’s thoughts and graduating from training at the top of her class is the most important part. All of that begins to fall apart the moment she lays eyes on the human, Nate, that for some reason has the ability to see her. Rachel Morgan unravels this intriguing tale of fantasy in The Faerie Guardian. Humans are not meant to be able to enter the world of the fae and the fact that Nate latched onto her and followed her through has threatened to end her run to finish at the top of her class. But once he kisses her and she begins to feel what’s like to have someone, finishing at the top begins to dim a little bit. Once she discovers that Nate is actually a Halfling, things begin to make more sense, but she has little time to ponder over it as a wicked faerie is trying to capture her and use her because of a special skill that she has. The same special skill can be used to help Nate find his faerie mother. Against her better judgment and ignoring the rules concerning guardians being underground, Violet sets in motion a series of events that begin to spin out of control. She suddenly finds herself facing a sinister plot that even her faerie magic and guardian training might not be able to handle.
Rachel Morgan has done an excellent job of luring the reader into the fantasy realms of Creepy Hollow in The Faerie Guardian. Drawing upon the deep emotions that motivate individuals to reach beyond themselves and to do things that are against the rules, Violet sets out on a dangerous path in pursuit of a deep love that she thinks will finally dispel her loneliness. The drive and tumult of her emotions are extremely realistic for a seventeen-year-old and the depth with which they are portrayed makes it impossible to put this book down. The action and intrigue keep the story moving and keep the pages turning. The exciting twists and mysterious turns make this a must-read. With plenty of magic to make it a fantasy and plenty of action to be a thriller, you won’t be able to put The Faerie Guardian down until you reach the very unexpected end.