Isle of Winds (The Changeling #1) by James Fahy 5/5
Robin Fellows lives with his grandmother and lives what appears to be a rather ordinary life for a normal twelve year old boy.
But when Robin’s Gran dies, quite suddenly and a bit mysteriously, his world is turned upside down. A long lost relative comes out of the woodwork and whisks him away to a mysterious new home, Erlking Hall, a quiet estate in the solitary countryside of Lancashire.
Suddenly Robin must adjust to his new reality. But reality is no longer what he thought it was…
Erlking has many secrets – as do his newly found Great-Aunt Irene and her servants. After a strange encounter on the train and meeting a cold, eerie man on the platform, Robin begins to notice odd happenings at Erlking.
There is more than meets the eye to this old, rambling mansion.
Little does he know that there is more than meets the eye to himself.
Robin is the world’s last Changeling. He is descended from a mystic race of Fae-people, whose homeland, the Netherworlde, is caught in the throes of a terrible civil war.
Not only this, but in this new world there is a magical force that has infiltrated the human realm.
Before he can wrench power from the malevolent hands of the Netherworlde’s fearsome tyrant leader, Lady Eris, he must first search for the truth about himself and the ethereal Towers of Arcania.
A coming-of-age, fantasy book with hints of Harry Potter and Narnia. Readers big and small will enjoy this descriptive, vivid tale of Robin Fellows and his plunge into all things other-wordly, fantastical creatures, tyrannous rulers, magic, and heritage.
There are two factors that have to be on top form to bring such a story to life. Firstly, characters. Well-rounded, relatable, memorable characters that readers can love or hate are essential in making an unforgettable reading experience. Isle of Winds has characters that are effortlessly written and relatable whether human or not. The second factor is worldbuilding. The sights, sounds, tastes, smells have to draw you in until you are walking within the pages. Fahy’s worldbuilding is first rate. I love Erlking and everything odd and peculiar about it. The ordinary mixed with extraordinary was a hit with me, and don’t get me started on the brilliant Neverworlde and its occupants.
This is a book that I shall be happy to read to my daughter. I don’t mind sitting through Robin’s story for a second time.
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