This was a fairly well written fantasy novel, that at times seemed to be a little formulaic, but I genuinely had fun reading it. I absolutely love high fantasy and this book did a good job of portraying such a magical realm. I love reading about faeries, so this book was right up my alley before I even started reading it.
Imagery was wonderful, pacing was nice, and it didn't rely too much on simple vocabulary. I would certainly read another book by this author, and I am excited to see if there are indeed other books by Jason Bell.
Alec Mason is a humble baker's apprentice from a simple farming village on the outskirts of Tyridan. But when he discovers an ancient artifact of immense mystical power, he becomes the target of Salin Urdrokk, the dark sorcerer who desires it. With his friends Sarah and Kraig, Alec is forced to leave the life he knows and enter a world of danger and intrigue.
Joined by a mysterious hermit and a warrior they cannot entirely trust, Alec and his companions flee Salin's agents, braving the uncharted wilderness north of Tyridan. Beyond deadly forests, plains, and mountains lies the realm of Faerie, the one place Alec might find sanctuary.
For in this magical realm live the Fair Folk, a long-lived, pure-hearted race of great power and wisdom. Yet even the pure of heart can be corrupted, and a dark betrayal awaits Alec in Faerie. Weakened and divided by treachery, can the Fair Folk protect Alec from Salin's terrifying wrath?