Shade's life hasn't always been easy. Part of her feels as if she's an outsider looking in on it. She can hear voices in her head and she has powers she can't quite explain. Her best friend, Brisa, is the only one really knows Shade's secret, one she'll carry with her to the grave. Yet neither can deny that her powers are something they don't quite understand.
On the way home from school one day, she comes across a boy unlike anything she's ever known. He's cool, very different, and there's something about him that piques her interest, even if she won't admit it. Putting her trust within his hands, albeit reluctantly, Shade follows him into a world she never knew existed. A world where all sorts of Faerie's rule supreme.
Blown away by the fact that the people within this new realm know exactly who she is and have been expecting her arrival for a very long time, Shade isn't sure what's expected of her. Deep inside, she believes she's nothing special. The Seelie court, on the other hand, are quite sure of who she is and of what she's capable of. In their eyes, she just needs to unlock and learn the power she possesses inside.
Setting off on a mission that can save the Faerie realm from destruction, Shade begins to wonder just what she's gotten herself into. A slew of people are determined to make sure she doesn't complete the objectives that have been set out before her. Each disaster she and the group she's traveling with encounter along the way only succeeds to heighten her desire in achieving her every goal and Shade will stop at nothing until she's restored balance to a world she's slowly coming to love the longer she remains within its walls.
This was quite an intriguing story. Very different from most Faerie stories I've read thus far. Shade is the sort of character any one can relate to, although I must admit her crying got to me after awhile. It's a very good story and I found it very delightful in getting to know what the people traveling with her were like as well as watching the world Alexia has created for her beloved characters unfold. I look forward to what she has in store next for the series.
(review of free book)