Halayda (Star-Fae Trilogy, #1)

Halayda (Star-Fae Trilogy, #1)

by Sarah Delena White

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BN ID: 2940154262153
Publisher: Uncommon Universes Press
Publication date: 03/23/2017
Series: Star-Fae Trilogy , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 780 KB

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Halayda (Star-Fae Trilogy, #1) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Laura_Pol More than 1 year ago
KANDFDAHGEIOKAJDFJEAIOHIOEAHKDALFAHIHEANC (Translation: I JUST EXPERIENCED ALL THE FEELS!!!) Oh my. This book. Purely amazing. I loved it so much. It will forever be marked as a I-must-reread-this-book-over-and-over-again because of everything it created for me. Every time I sat down, I was immediately thrown into this incredible world that produced so much awe and wonder. Never was there a moment was I not leaning closer to the book or making some dramatic hand movement because of what came next. (Let's not forget how I cried-almost-sobbed-but-really-sobbing at the end.) Just everything. So very good. The message, the feels, the story, the characters (aka TAYLAN *coughs*), the adventure. I strongly recommend this book to fantasy readers, steampunk, and everything in between because this story is wonderful and you're going to fall into a world that you may not want to leave. (Of course, as long as you have our special heroes because otherwise things could certainly get ugly really fast.) Very much eagerly anticipating book two in this series!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite On every Equinox and solstice night in the Kyure realm, the fae and mortal worlds come together. With the help of Sylvie Imanthiya, Taylan the Fae King strives to hold the peace during the celebration. However, Casimir and his alchemists have other plans. When Taylan tries to prevent another fight between a group of fae and human soldiers, an explosion happens and poisons the land. It also changes Sylvie, as she wakes up and finds herself with a pair of wings. She soon discovers that she has a destiny to fulfill before Taylan’s old enemies bring despair to their world once again. The world building is one of the strengths of Halayda (Star-Fae Trilogy, Book One) by Sarah Delena White. It is intricate and cohesive, with imaginative aspects that give a fresh spin to the fae world, history, and races, as well as magic and alchemy. The plot is complex and well-structured. That said, some turns of events puzzled me, but they were not necessarily confusing. Rather, I questioned some of the decisions that the characters made and how they influenced the direction of the plot. In terms of characters, Sylvie and Taylan may be the essential pair in this story, but I’m very fond of Diza and Zad. Wise and witty, their help is priceless to ensure the safety of both Sylvie and Taylan. The bond between the young mixed-blood alchemist and the reluctant fae king is an imperative catalyst for the couple to reassess their thinking and stop punishing themselves for their past and flaws. Hope, trust, love and redemption are the dominant elements of Halayda, balanced with enough action and thrilling moments. Overall, this is a solid debut for the Star-Fae Trilogy by White.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
I’ve read a lot of books about faeries, but Halayda was one of my favorite books in this subgenre. Sylvia Imanthiya was betrayed by a trusted mentor and now hides on the fringes of society, caring for half-fae orphans and trading her alchemical creations on the black market. One night each season can she see her best friend, a man whose destiny is far above hers – King Taylan Ashkalabek. Taylan knows he shouldn’t be friends with a moral, let alone change halayda vows. But a brutal alchemical attack leaves Sylvie with strange abilities, and Taylan wants to protect her at all costs. The story was amazing, and I loved Sylvia and Taylan from the start. Each character was great, but Sylvie was my favorite. She was such a strong, intelligent young woman. The world building was outstanding, and made the book stand out from other faeriei books I’ve read. While the romance was heart-warming, it didn’t take center front, leaving room for the other storylines to develop. It was a truly outstanding fantasy read, and I would recommend it to all fans of the genre. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher. This is my fair and honest review." This book was fantastic! It kept me wondering and wanting to read the next chapter the entire way through. It has well rounded fascinating characters, and detail to make it as if I were actually there in the story seeing what was going on. I liked how the characters had to work against adversity and grow in order to succeed, they could not stay the way they were when you first meet them. Another thing I liked was that while there was romance, it didn't get in the way of the story, but rather contributed to it. I loved this book, and have already reread it twice. I can't wait to see what else this author writes.