Birth of the Fae by Danielle M. Orsino | Review

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Birth of the Fae: Locked Out of Heaven by Danielle M. Orsino

Fantasy

June 29, 2020

230 pages

Description

What would you do if all you knew had abandoned you? Abandoned by their creator, two factions of angels remain on earth after the Great War with Lucifer. These Virtues and Power Angels struggle to comprehend their Creator’s plan while their wings, a symbol of their angelic lineage, slowly and painfully decay. Unaware of one another, the angels learn to survive and reinvent themselves.

With no hope of returning to the Shining Kingdom, both groups denounce their angelic lineage and develop into their own factions. They call themselves the “Fae.” This is their story. The Fae world is ruled by two distinct courts: the Court of Light, led by Queen Aurora, a former Virtue Angel, and the Court of Dark, ruled by King Jarvok, a former Power Brigade Angel.

The two monarchs have opposing views on how to govern their kin and, more importantly, the way humanity plays into their survival. The one belief they agree on is human worship equals power. Exactly how the two go about capturing and maintaining power is a very different story. Ride on the backs of dragons with the Dark Fae and watch the Light Fae play in the shadows of primitive humanity as they build their kingdoms.

A fantastic epic adventure of heartbreak, rebirth, and hope that examines the bonds of family, friendship, and love. What would you do if you were abandoned? If you were forced to reinvent yourself? If your core beliefs were challenged? Would you ignore your own pain, instead channeling it and acting benevolently? Or would you become ferociously protective of those by your side, consolidating power to ensure nothing would ever hurt your kin, even if it meant acting malevolently?

Two Fae must face these choices when they are thrust into the roles of monarchs, each one choosing a path that will guide them toward an unknown future. No longer angels, no longer bound by their Creator. They are their own beings and masters of their own destiny. They are the Fae.


Review

I was provided a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I haven’t read a lot of fantasy over the past year, but was drawn to the plot of Birth of the Fae: Locked Out of Heaven. I liked the concept of Angels turning into faeries and I’m usually drawn to origin stories. This novel offered an interesting story about new beginnings and hope with several fantastical elements.

Angels have been cast out of heaven after a battle with Lucifer. They were given no explanation and find themselves left on earth unaware of what to do next. Leaders rise among the angels, they begin to create new societies and transform into other beings. In time, humans arrive and the fae must decide how to ingratiate themselves with humans.

Birth of the Fae felt like your typical book one in a fantasy series. There was a lot of world-building and character development. There was a slower pace to the novel as we learned about how the societies were formed, the structures of government, and the different types of fae. Ironically this spans generations, but time is lost. Even so, tensions were building that will probably continue in the following books.

This story mainly follows two characters, Queen Aurora and King Jarvok, each representing the dark and the light. We see each kingdom develop and grow, however it would have been nice to see more of King Jarvok. He is left out for almost half the book and then the climax happened. I wanted to learn more about his side leading into the ending but instead got a very quick overview.

I liked that this novel plays with the idea of dark and light, or good or evil. Neither kingdom is calling themselves evil, but their actions often toe the line. There were religious elements introduced and I wonder if that will carry over or be more prominent in future novels. I found it intriguing that the fae battled themselves about their past and present lives, struggling with faith and limitations.

Overall, I enjoyed Birth of the Fae. This was not a long book, which you often find in fantasy, and easily read over a weekend. There was a lot going on towards the end of the novel and I’m interested in how it continues because the possibilities were left wide open.

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