Title and Author:
Halayda by Sarah Delena White
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Reason for choice of rating:
Characters frequently in danger with others trying to kill them; injuries and some deaths result although no graphic or gory descriptions; mild swearing 3 or 4 times throughout the book; some sexual innuendo
A story about the Fae is not one that I would normally select to read because the Fae seem to not be very nice in general and tend to have it in for humans who enter their world. However when Halayda was selected as the Fellowship of Fantasy Indie Book Club selection for May 2017, I decided to give it a chance and I am so glad that I did! Many of the Fae in Halayda are exactly the kind of characters that I don't like but they are not the 'good guys'. They are the ones that the 'good guys' (Sylvie, Taylan, Diza, Zad), the ones who the story is really about, are working to change/bring to a better place. You will have to read the story to see whether there is success or not and what twists and turns take place along the way (there are a number of them!) You will find many wonderful characters along the way, humor, bonds of friendship, lots of action and danger, some sadness and death, sweet romance and you will eventually find out what Halayda means.
Regarding the language used by various characters in the story, while I did not like the couple times that the author chose to have Zad swear, I did chuckle over lines such as this "Diza muttered expletives in five languages as she climbed over the wall and ran toward the fighting." I personally do not feel that it is necessary for characters to swear in a story but if an author feels a character 'has' to swear to be in character, I find this approach conveys the desired feeling without me being required to read any actual swearing.
For those who want dragons in their fantasy stories, a dragon does make an appearance in the story.
Older teens and adults who enjoy stories about the Fae; those who like strong female characters
Did you have a favorite character or least favorite character?
Diza is my favorite character. I do like Sylvie but she just seems too normal/obvious to pick since she is the primary protagonist and doesn't seem to have any choice in the matter. Diza is choosing to stick around and help Sylvie (although she does need help herself so she does have some ulterior motives). I also love Diza's sass and that she just will NOT give up. Many of my favorite lines in the book were said by Diza as well.
What mood did this book leave you in?
Action, Fae/Fairy, Dragon, Romance, PG
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