Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Violet Wings by Victoria Hanley

Victoria Hanley introduces a wonderful set of characters in a wonderful and magical world. We have fairies that have magic and use wands and keep themselves hidden from the humans. The premise does have overtones of Harry Potter, but it can stand on its own.

Zaria is fourteen and ready to become an adult fairy, to gain her wand, and learn how to use magic. She's also wondering what has happened to her parents and her brother that disappeared five years before. Once she gains her wand she realizes she is a Violet fairy meaning one of the most powerful fairies in all the world. She must go up against her mentor Lily Morganite who has ulterior motives as well. She and her friends must save her world and that of the humans as well.

I wanted more. An excellent setup and story, but it failed to deliver for me. It was too simple. The end is left open for a sequel so maybe Hanley will give more detail in the sequel. Great setup, just too simple.