Feyland: The Dark Realm

Feyland: The Dark Realm

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by Anthea Sharp
     
 

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What if a high-tech computer game was a gateway to the dangerous Realm of Faerie?

~Book 1 in the Feyland trilogy~

"Fae, Video Games, Romance and Danger. What more could you ask for?!" - Paromantasy

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

Overview

What if a high-tech computer game was a gateway to the dangerous Realm of Faerie?

~Book 1 in the Feyland trilogy~

"Fae, Video Games, Romance and Danger. What more could you ask for?!" - Paromantasy

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.

Editorial Reviews

The Crooked Word - Rebecca McKinnon
"Wow. This book is incredible. I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could. Seriously, buy it now.

I loved the whole premise of the book. A computer game that starts to cross into reality? Um, yes, please! The game, Feyland, is fantastic, and a little too real. This is one of those books I'll read over and over again. The ending leaves things open for a sequel. I hope we get it!"
Watercolor Moods - Kaye M
"If you like faeries, a touch of sci-fi and old ballads, this is definitely the story for you." ~Five Stars~
UK - Sandra Keys
"Fans of Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series will also enjoy this book." ~Five Stars~
Reviewing What I'm Reading - Stephanie Asbridge
"Feyland is one of the most incredible novels I've ever read. Read. This. Story. I'm not even kidding." ~Five Stars~
BookBub - BookBub com
When the most immersive computer game ever designed turns into reality, two players must battle an evil queen to escape the Dark Realm of Feyland -- Vivid, exciting, and utterly unputdownable.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466408715
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
04/12/2012
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
1,022,148
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

Growing up, Anthea Sharp spent her summers raiding the library shelves and reading, especially fantasy. She now makes her home in the Pacific Northwest, where she writes, plays the fiddle, and spends time with her small-but-good family. Contact her at antheasharp at hotmail dot com.

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Feyland The Dark Realm 4.3 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 38 reviews.
Rya More than 1 year ago
Note - I received this ebook from the author for free in exchange for an honest review. Unseelie Fae, Virtual Reality turned real, and a life or death quest; Jennet and Tam must do the improbable. Save the world from the new full sensory immersion VR game, Feyland. This book is very well written, and flowed nicely leaving us with a good ending that alludes to a sequel. It keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout with it's uniqueness. I am very much looking forward to seeing more from this author. Jennet, our female lead, sneaks into the first game her father's company is developing for the new 'Full D' simming system. Feyland. As our heroine plays, she gets a sneaking feeling that something's not quite right with the game. After she fails to defeat the Dark Queen in her final battle of the game, Jennet falls seriously ill. No longer able to advance through the game, she needs a champion. Enter Tam, her knight in shining armor, literally. Together, they play Feyland hoping to win the last battle and save Jennet from virtually loosing her soul and life to the Queen. If they fail, the realm of Fae will be unleashed upon the world. That almost proves to be too heavy a burden for the two teens to bear. Will they prevail and save the day, or will they be conquered?
Laurie_Ryan More than 1 year ago
I read this story during that final crunch-time of the Christmas holiday season. Boy, am I glad I was pretty much ready because this book caught and held my attention. I could not put it down. I felt as immersed in the story as Jennet and Tam were in Feyland. Ms. Sharp manages to set the stakes high in this story. Then she ratchets them up at least a couple more levels. Whew! As well, she has created a world I could see. It¿s very believable, both the human world and Feyland. Being a reader of fantasy, I love it when the world created pulls me in as much as the characters and the story do. I believe Feyland to be a story both young and old will enjoy and I look forward to its sequel.
Hippy_Fantasy_Reader More than 1 year ago
A good strong story about an attraction between 2 people from opposite sides of the tracks. They meet due to their love of Sim and their ability to play the games. It is a very good YA Fantasy. Ready for the next book.
rehobbit More than 1 year ago
Wow. This book is incredible. Seriously, buy it now. I loved the whole premise of the book. A computer game that starts to cross into reality? Um, yes, please! The game, Feyland, is fantastic, and a little too real. Jennet is such a fun character, and I'm claiming her as my friend. A little self-centered at first (aren't we all?) she learns what true friendship is, and how much it's worth risking. Tam. What can I say about Tam? He's had a hard life. He knows what it means to put others before himself, because that's' what he's always done. In the game of Feyland he's a knight. It's appropriate. That's all I'll say. This is one of those books I'll read over and over again. The ending leaves things open for a sequel. I hope we get it!
Integrity_Consultants More than 1 year ago
I was super impressed by this book. I devoured it and went straight to the second book in the series, only to find that I had quite a wait for the third and final installment of the trilogy. I absolutely love books that blur the lines between virtual reality, gaming, role playing and cosplay, and reality. This was a slam dunk for me. The books falls mostly into the genres of fantasy and technofantasy, but for me, it was just a plain good story. The world building and character development were spot on, making it an enjoyable read for adults, as well as its targeted teen audience. I would love to see more books in this, or a comparable, world.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty well written, good adventure and suspense. Characters are sophomore in high school... Still a good read for an adult who games
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this trilogy and looking forward to reading more.
NookWorm79 More than 1 year ago
It's like Ready Player One teams up with Fae ballads. The first page grabbed me by my imagination and ran away with it. I very much enjoyed this book and immediately purchased the second one. I am enchanted by the story line.
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You people should just read this novel yourselves and write own review on this novel. I really enjoyed this novel very much. ShelleyMA
Bookworm1310 More than 1 year ago
I won a copy via Goodreads in exchange for an honest review an I’m so happy I did! Anthea wonderfully blends our world into the Realm of Faerie with characters so realistic. I am out the door to get her other books right now. Her books will be joining the top of my list of fae books easily. She seamlessly brings to life the Realm of Faerie and connects it with ours and I can’t wait to read the next book to see what happens next.
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pjcwildfire54 More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down! Can't hardly wait for the next book.
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Cherri-Anne More than 1 year ago
GAME ON!!! 5 Stars Overall I loved this series!  I can’t wait to read the next ones as well!  (NOTE: this review is based on the box set Feyland: The Complete Trilogy)  At first I was a little disappointed with the first book – The Dark Realm - because I was expecting a lot more magic and fae stuff.  It was still good, just different than how I thought it would be!  Which is one reason why I try to not form an opinion of how I expect the book to be before I read it.  That being said, I read the book fairly or is that faery, quickly and was surprised at how drawn in I was.  I was hooked on the characters & rooting for everything to go their way (the good ones only, of course!  Lol), I cried when they did or for them, I found myself smiling & cheering for & with them.  I couldn’t wait to see if they would outsmart their opponents or get outsmarted themselves, if there would be any new friendships, would any kisses finally happen, would they get caught, would they be saved, JUST EVERYTHING!!!!  I read book 2 – The Bright Court – and book 3 – The Twilight Kingdom – quickly as I was so caught up in it, I didn’t even realize what time it was or how much I had read!!  After completing the series I realized how The Dark Realm (book 1) set everything up for the rest of the series. Let’s not forget that the entire premise of these books is based on a VIDEO GAME!  As soon as Jennet starts playing on the prototype version of the new Full-D system and clicks on the new game called Feyland, little did she realize that her life would never be the same again.  Because the Fey world is dying they need mortals to replenish it & themselves, so the Fey have created a way to access the mortal realm via a very realistic sim style video game.  I love to play video games and would jump at the chance to play on systems like the ones depicted in this series.  Of course I am not sure that I would want to play Feyland, but still…It is such a creative idea to base a series on!  You have such a mix of people of all ages and classes that are both human or mortals as the Fae/Fey would say, and immortals like the Fae/Fey and their Courts of followers.  I loved how the YA book became so much more than that!  I found that I didn’t even think of it in terms of a YA book, well except for the “clean” part (no sex, etc. lol).  Personally, I feel that if I can get that absorbed into a book and NOT pay attention to the genre/class/age group/etc., then that is one great book & series written by an equally great author!  I know that some people will and/or do, complain about the teen characters being too whiny, too wishy-washy, all full of ‘teen angst’ with teen ‘issues’ like “oh is he going to kiss me?” or “Does he think I am cool?” etc. but I think that they forget that the characters ARE TEENS!!!  I had so many theories throughout this series as to who this person really was, or how that was going to play out, etc. but ya, I was wrong on most accounts!  Trust me, I have never been so happy to be wrong!  Also tells me just how great the author is because NOTHING is predictable which makes it that much more of an enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome story that puts a new twist on the supernatural and game. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read.
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AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
Excellent new series! Jennet Carter’s father is a program manager for a company called VirtuMax and they make video games. They’re working on a Full-D system where the gamer is completely immersed in the game. Full sensory simulation where it feels like the gamer is actually in the game world. When the lead game developer dies the company transfers Jennet’s dad to Crestview and Jennet moves with him even though the school is well below what she is used to. Jennet has to stay close to the prototype Full-D system her dad has because when she was gaming in Feyland something strange happened when she lost to the Dark Queen.  Now, she needs a champion to go back into Feyland and win back what she lost. But in this poor technological wasteland of a school will she be able to find a champion capable of simming? She better because she only has until Halloween before the Dark Queen sucks all her energy until she dies and Feyland gate crashes into the real world. Will Tam Linn be that champion? Can he escape his messed up life long enough to save Jennet? And is he good enough to beat the Dark Queen and her champion, the Dark Knight? Jennet certainly hopes so. Well-written and smooth-flowing this story wastes no time with dilly dallying and proceeds along at a crisp pace. The plot is extremely interesting and I love the characters. With Feyland crouched on the other side of the Gate waiting to pounce on the unwary humans in the real world I’m very curious to see what the next book brings. *Many thanks to the author for providing me with a review copy. Please see disclaimer page on my blog.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
Holy Cow!  I seriously lack hand eye coordination and any desire to become a gamer, but at the moment, I’m seriously considering it. This story was so excruciatingly real that you need to play the game with the characters.  Just wow! Sharp employs vividly exotic descriptions and locales that catch you right from the get go.  This story becomes so real that it is scary.  You can actually picture the events occurring and you find yourself picturing what would happen if you were in the characters’ shoes.  The events in question may be out of our realm, but the way that they are written makes everything so real and thrilling that you forget that it is a fantasy. The phenomenal characters in this novel draw you in to this world as well.  They had personalities that you could relate to.  There were definitely times when you wanted them to stop feeling sorry for themselves and get on with life, or wondered why in the world they had done something so irreversibly stupid, but they were real people struggling through their issues.  I also enjoyed the fact that the relationship between the characters grew throughout the novel.  They didn’t instantly go from strangers to madly in love in the blink of an eye.  They got to know each other as people first.  It made them that much more real and approachable.  
marysneedle More than 1 year ago
Feyland: The dark Realm is an interesting updated take of an old Scottish folktale called Tam Lin, and it had me on the edge of my seat throughout the story. Needless to say it was very hard to put the book down. I’m not too familiar with gaming, but the way the story is woven together, you really do not need to be a gamer to enjoy it or follow it. Another plus is that while this is the first of a trilogy the end of the book only leaves you wanting to experience more adventures in Feyland and not with a cliff hanger ending. I believe gamers and urban fantasy enthusiasts will enjoy this book. And while it does have a touch of romance, even the male gender will be able to identify with the characters and not get mushed out. With all that said I’m looking forward to reading the next adventure in Feyland.
ChristinaLivingston More than 1 year ago
This book puts a whole new interesting twist on paranormal! It takes the age-old folklore of the Fae and wraps it all into a distant futuristic gamer setting. This premise makes for a very intriguing story! The characters have a very realistic type of life, (i.e. rich kid, poor kid) which also makes them easy to relate to. Their background is very well written, giving the reader a good look into why they are how they are. The secondary characters were very good, as well, adding more depth to Tam's character keeping him from being your stereotypical "hero". The descriptions of Feyland scenery are so well written that you feel like you are right there with them in the game. It moves along at a very good pace with no slow areas or places where it moves so fast you are left thinking, what just happened! This story is so wonderfully written that it pulls you in from the very beginning, making you feel for the characters and what they are going through throughout the entire story. I absolutely can not wait to read the next in this series!
booknerd31 More than 1 year ago
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review through Goodreads. First off I want to say that this book was a lot of fun, and I think it's perfect for teens and adults. Especially if you're a gamer. I LOVED that there wasn't the whole "insta-romance" thing going on. That wasn't even the focus of this book. Anthea stuck to the main story line and any romance was just a nice little background story. The characters were also really well developed and I loved the feel of the whole thing. Anthea did a great job with bringing you into the whole world she created. The book was very well written. I didn't feel like I was reading someone's rough draft, which is definitely a plus for me! I will definitely be reading the second and third books!