Explore a hidden world of ancient magic with Ellias Quinn's Eventyr.
A book of dark power is stolen from its prison. Hostilities between fairy nations threaten to sunder the land. Deep in the forest of Eventyr, a fairy named Matil awakens without memories. Alongside her two unlikely new companions, she begins a dangerous journey to recover her lost identity, discovering both those who would help and those who would harm them. The three travelers find not only that they are in the shadow of a brewing storm which will change the forest forever, but that the knowledge Matil seeks comes at a price. A price she isn't prepared to pay.
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Matil is a fairy, at least that's what she presumes. But it's hard to say for sure because she has no wings, and no memory. Aside from vague recollections which come to her as she dreams, Matil has no knowledge of her past. Even her name has been given to her on loan since she can't remember her own. Determined to find answers, she is joined by an unlikely pair of allies, enemies who put their differences aside for the sake of their nameless and wingless friend. Eventyr is an incredibly unique tale which is as suspenseful as it is unexpected. With fabulously flawed, and genuinely likeable characters, this fantasy fiction novel is vividly insightful. Exhibiting exquisite depth, this delightful book leaves readers dangling at a precipice wanting for more. Ellias Quinn exhibits rare talent as an author in this, her first book in the Eventyr series. We look forward to reading more work from this extremely gifted writer.
Reviewed by Francine Zane for Readers' Favorite Eventyr: Book One by Ellias Quinn starts out as a blank slate, literally. Matil awakens to knowing nothing about herself or the world around her. All she knows is that two creatures she cannot even identify are arguing over her. The two creatures turn out to be Dask and Khelya of enemy territories, who pull together to help Matil learn who she is during a twist-filled journey of danger, intrigue and discovery. The journey the three friends take is about more than just finding out who Matil really is. It is about discovering the amazing world created by Ellias Quinn as the backdrop to good and evil, compassion and understanding. Quinn does an awesome job developing likable but flawed characters who learn to work together, even though they are all very different. Eventyr: Book One is a fairy tale designed to inspire the young and the young at heart to let their imaginations fly, whether they have wings or not. The plot twists are unexpected and the world development is colorful, and I can easily imagine how Eventyr exists alongside our human world. I particularly appreciated the subtle inclusion of a mythical religion based very much on Christian belief. While obvious and pertinent to the story, Quinn did not hit me over the head with the references. I also appreciated how these three strangers learn to live with one another as their relationship strengthens. By the end of the story, I was a little sad to be separated from my new fictional friends. I look forward to reading Elders of Eventyr soon.