The scene is set in the fairy realm of Earth, which exists in parallel to the human world and also a dragon world. Occasionally these worlds crossover, which is a great way to justify its existence and it also explains our own fairy and dragon mythology.
Varia is a princess of the air fairies and she naughtily goes and falls in love with their sworn enemy, Prince Loben of the earth fairies, who live underground. Naturally their parents discover their tryst and war is declared between the fairy tribes.
One of my favourite characters was the elven elder, Rumendah, with his clever insights and 'magicks.' I am also very fond of the dragon, Smote. His hatching is my favourite scene from the book and his is a well-written character.
I found the story started off a little slow, with lots of dialogue, but soon came to more exciting action and several plot twists. There were a couple of other areas which I found a little confusing, such as the use of both 'fairies' and 'faeries' and characters names changing, eg: using both 'Evara the blue' and 'Evara y Bliu.'
There are several great ideas in this book, such as 'devas' which are the spirits of lifeforms and objects, which some of the fairies can speak to. Also unique is the practise of 'deliquecing,' where a fairy uses their 'magick' to blend into the objects around them like a chameleon.
Overall, I think this a great story; the characters are engaging and the plot hooked me in. I certainly hope there will be a sequel, so I can read more of the fairies and find out what happens through the portal. I'll definitely share this gem with all my 'Hunters of Reloria' readers.
Thanks to Cat Spydell for the ecopy to review. I look forward to buying a paperback copy to share with my family.