#NextYACraze Book Review: Feyland, The Dark Realm

My second #NextYACraze read for 2015 was Anthea Sharp‘s, FEYLAND: The Dark Realm. The book is boasted as an USA Today Bestselling Urban Fantasy novel. And I am not surprised by the claim.51okEq2f+QL._SS300_

The back cover synopsis reads:

WHEN A GAME… Feyland is the most immersive computer game ever designed, and fifteen-year-old Jennet Carter is the first to play the prototype. But she doesn’t suspect the virtual world is close enough to touch — or that she’ll be battling for her life against the Dark Queen of the faeries.

TURNS REAL… Tam Linn is the perfect hero — in-game. Too bad the rest of his life is seriously flawed. The last thing he needs is rich-girl Jennet prying into his secrets, insisting he’s the only one who can help her.

WINNING IS EVERYTHING… Together, Jennet and Tam enter the Dark Realm of Feyland, only to discover that the entire human world is in danger. Pushed to the limit of their abilities, they must defeat the Dark Queen… before it’s too late.
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Sounds pretty intense, right? Sharp writes clean and concise prose and dialogue. She is gifted when it comes to narrative and description. She gives the reader plenty to paint the picture, but doesn’t overdo it so as to take away from the pace and timing of the story. I enjoy her writing style very much.

The main characters, Jennet Carter (a well off, well to do high class teen implanted in what is basically the inner-city school district), teams up with Tam Linn (a poor, lower class student with responsibilities of an adult). The two are gamers. Sim players. And the best at their art. Carter’s father works for a tech company that is pre-beta-testing the Feyland Sim game. No one is supposed to have access to it. Carter does, and has been playing the game to the point of detriment. She lost part of her soul inside the system. She needs Tam’s expertise to get that missing piece of herself back. The danger, of course, is subjecting Tam to the same dangers that she faced –where the threats are real. Together they must find and battle an evil queen, not just to save themselves, but to save the world.

FEYLAND: The Dark Realm is a taut, action-packed fantasy novel. The chapters are short. I read the book in a few sittings because it was easy to keep turning pages and think, Well, one more chapter …Okay, just one more chapter. The next thing I knew, I was done with the book, and wanting more. My hat is off to Sharp for creating such a clever gaming world, and a series of Feyland novels to go along with it!

Phillip Tomasso,
Author of Damn the Dead and Blood River

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