Nexis is not an entirely happy city however – a fact which Aurian only comes to realise as she reaches young adulthood and sees how ordinary mortals are treated by the Magefolk. Aurian’s sympathy for ordinary mortals and the fact she falls in love with one put her at odds with the rest of the Magefolk. Drama and betrayal ensue and so the adventure really begins. As a result, we find out that this world is far more complex than originally thought, with multiple magical races; and thus the inevitable politics, misunderstandings and differing agendas you might expect.
In some ways, this is a standard coming of age story – but it’s a very good one with some great ideas. The main protagonist is female, which makes it part of a very small fantasy fiction subset (though less so now than when it was written). Furey’s style is very easy to read and flows naturally. The action moves along at a good pace as the author tells the story without extraneous padding. This is a great book to read if you’re in the mood for something engaging but not hard work.
Added 1st April 2015