Review: Isle of Winds by James Fahy

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Isle of Winds (The Changeling #1) by James Fahy 5/5

28173857Robin 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.

Review:

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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All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review

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Review: Hell’s Teeth by James Fahy

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Hell’s Teeth by James Fahy 5/5

6tag_130617-135051New Oxford.

A third of the human population has been lost.

The wars came, and they created a monster. The Pale, a subhuman, vampire-like drone. Then they lost control.

In the thirty years that followed, humankind sought to rebuild itself within the walls of New Oxford.

But society had become fractured – humans now lived incongruously among Genetic Others, themselves a group of many subspecies.

The most dangerous of them all: the vampires.

Somehow, these groups have managed a peaceful co-existence under the controlling government influence of the Cabal. But that is all about to change…

When Phoebe Harkness receives a phone call in the middle of the night, things take a turn to the horrifying. Her supervisor at Blue Lab One, a high-security research facility, has gone missing.

And all that is left behind: her teeth.

Dr Harkness now finds herself in a race against time to stop further bloodshed and uncover the mystery behind the victims of this horrific crime. She must navigate the dark underworld of the vampire community, without becoming someone’s prey herself…

But she is not alone – on her side, against all odds, is another vampire. Together they must fight for answers before it’s too late…

Review:

I’m not a huge vampire book fan because it has been done to death. That being said, there is always room to find a book that brings a breath of fresh air to a crowded genre, and for me, Hell’s Teeth was just that. The worldbuilding was brilliantly subtle, even though the dystopian society in which Dr Phoebe Harkness lives is totally out of the norm. The way Fahy sets up the society for Vamps, GO’s and humans to live side by side (kind of) is fascinating and well executed.

The overall tone of the book is what captured me. There’s humour and normality to a post-apocalyptic world that is not typical of the genre. This would make a brilliant TV series… just putting it out there.

Dr Harkness is no swooning damsel, and a level headed, intelligent protag was refreshing to read. Basically, all the stereotypes, cliches, and tropes were left at the title page, and this book took me on a believable adventure into Phoebe Harkness’ world that spins into the dark recesses of New Oxford.

End note: All the Helsings in the house put your hands up. *WAVES FANATICALLY*


The opinions expressed here are those of K.J.Chapman and no other parties

All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review