Series: Faeriewalker #1
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Personal Collection
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It's all she's ever wanted to be, but it couldn't be further from her grasp...
Dana Hathaway doesn't know it yet, but she's in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, again, Dana decides she's had enough and runs away to find her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the captivating, magical world of Faerie intersect. But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn't just an ordinary teenage girl, she's a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and the only person who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie.
Dana finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone's trying to kill her, and everyone seems to want something from her, from her newfound friends and family to Ethan, the hot Fae guy Dana figures she'll never have a chance with...until she does. Caught between two worlds, Dana isn't sure where she'll ever fit in and who can be trusted, not to mention if her world will ever be normal again. - via GoodReads
Dana has never met her father. For as long as she can remember, she’s been responsible for grocery shopping, cooking, check book balancing and bill paying. Dana has a secret she finds shameful: her mother is an alcoholic who will not seek treatment….even for her daughter. Dana finally draws the line when her mother shows up drunk to a voice lesson recital. Dana is able to piece together enough information to figure out where her father lives and his name. From there, it’s a quick Internet search and she has his phone number. Dana calls him and plans to meet him and probably stay with him to live if all goes well.
Dana really should have listened to her mother. There was a reason Dana hadn’t met her father or gone on visits to the place where he lives, Avalon. Dana isn’t just the normal human girl she thought she was. She’s half Fae and to make it even more complicated, she may be a Faeriewalker. Faeriewalker’s are a pretty powerful and special type of Fae. If a politician has the support of a Faeriewalker their position would almost be guaranteed. It also just so happens that Dana’s homecoming coincides with the election of the Consul. One member of the Fae is elected as the Consul and there are three people gunning for that position. All three have their own strategies to acquire Dana and her status.
Dana is alone in Avalon and she must use her wits and instincts to decide who she should trust and who means her ill. It is a constant guessing game and one that Dana is tiring of quickly. Right now, life in the United States taking care of her drunken mother after a binge is starting to sound like a walk in the park!
If you have a teenage daughter or know a teenage girl who enjoys reading, you need to make sure she does not miss this book! Even an adult who enjoys the occasional young adult novel should not miss this book. Black sets the stage for a great series with the first book of in the Faeriewalker series. There is some great world-building without too much time being spent on minute details. Dana is a strong self-reliant heroine who you root for throughout the book. She has a strong sense of self and a level head. Political intrigue abounds in the span of 297 pages. I was riveted through most of it. I was busy trying to figure out who had which motives and why. Were these people Dana could trust or should she run for the hills? This book will leave you breathless wondering what is going to happen to Dana and you’ll find the novel is over much sooner than you would have wanted.