Saturday, April 28, 2012

Review: The Ruins of Noe

A child born with no destiny: one of many signs that the White Forest faeries had lost touch with the Ethereals, the Ancient Ones. High Priestess Ondelle is convinced by an old proverb that one faerie is fated to travel to the former home of the Ancients, the Ruins of Noe, to find the answer. That faerie, she believes, is Brigitta. Ondelle and Brigitta set off to save their forest once again, but when they arrive in Noe they discover something they never learned from any faerie tale. Why had this dark secret been kept from them? Why in the name of Faweh had the Ancients left some faeries behind?
My Review:

This is the second book in this series, and even though I have not read the first book I had no trouble following along in the story.  Even though after reading this book, I must confess I will be.  Welcome to the extraordinary world of elemental fairies.  It is wonderfully complex and absolutely stunning.  Brigitta is a young fairy who is torn in her feelings about her destiny marks.  She was thrust into a major event in the first book, that helped prepare her for the trails that lay ahead in this one.  She is summoned by her high priestess on the eve of her sisters unveiling.  She is lead into the inner sanctum to a become privy to a recent set of concerns that have become a major issue among the elders.  It seems that Brigitta is part of a prophecy that must be fulfilled.  She is must embark on another quest and bring back that which has been lost to them.  The fate of all of the fairies of the realm is tied to the success of her endeavor.

Brigitta sets off once again to save her people from an unknown foe.  She has started advanced training with the Elders and sets off to perfect her new-found skills through practice.   But things don't go well from the onset of the journey. Noe is a place where everything is the exact opposite of her homeland.  The people are constantly at war.  The vegetation is carnivorous, the beasts that roam the land and horrid and dangerous, and there are dark forces constantly plotting against everyone.  Add that to the many secrets that are guarded and you find yourself in one dark place.  Brigitta and Ondelle are soon captured and held at the mercy of the evil queen Mabb.

Brigitta has many decisions she has to make through-out her journey in Noe. It seems almost like this journey is training her to face something worse in the future.  Let's hope not.  This story was amazing and the world itself was well imagined and incredibly creative.  This book will take you on an amazing journey through the growth of a very lovable and unassuming character.  Brigitta is more than what she seems and I believe will continue to grow and surprise everyone in her world.  Especially with the newest additions that has returned with her.  When they are together, flowers seem to brighten in color.  It was a fantastic story and I highly recommend it!!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Nikki! Thank you so much for your review and for being a stop on my blog tour. I'm glad you enjoyed the book.

I was wondering if people could read and enjoy the 2nd one without having read the 1st one, so thanks for answering that question. :-)


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