Forget cute fairies in pretty dresses. In the world of Aluvia, most fairies are more like irritable, moody insects.
Almost everyone in the world of Aluvia views the fairy keeper mark as a gift, but not fourteen-year-old Sierra. She hates being a fairy keeper, but the birthmark is right there on the back of her neck. It shows everyone she was born with the natural ability to communicate, attract, and even control the tiny fairies whose nectar is amazingly powerful.
Fairy nectar can heal people, but it is also a key ingredient in synthesizing Flight, an illegal elixir that produces dreaminess, apathy and hallucinations. She’s forced to care for a whole hive of the bee-like beasties by her Flight-dealing, dark alchemist father.
Then one day, Sierra discovers the fairies of her hatch are mysteriously dead. The fairy queen is missing. Her father’s Flight operation is halted, and he plans to make up for the lost income by trading her little sister to be an elixir runner for another dark alchemist, a dangerous thug. Desperate to protect her sister, Sierra convinces her father she can retrieve the lost queen and get his operation up and running.
The problem? Sierra’s queen wasn’t the only queen to disappear. They’re all gone, every single one, and getting them back will be deadly dangerous.
Sierra journeys with her best friend and her worst enemy — assigned by her father to dog her every step — to find the missing queens. Along the way, they learn that more than just her sister’s life is at stake if they fail.
There are secrets in the Skyclad Mountains where the last wild fairies were seen. The magic Sierra finds there has the power to transform their world, but only if she can first embrace her calling as a fairy keeper.
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Sierra isn't happy as a Fairy Keeper though she's destined to be one. When the Fairy Queen she's bonded to disappears and the rest of the fairies die, she must volunteer as a tribute find her queen or her sister is in grave danger!
The world presented in Fairy Keeper was actually quite cute. The fairies are not very nice, nor as mean as the faeries from other stories. Sierra as a fairy keeper has kind of a love-hate relationship with them. The book would classify as middle grade or young-young adult, but I still enjoyed reading it.
The story isn't that original, quest, band of people looking for something to save person they love. It has been done before. Nevertheless, this was a refreshing if not very remarkable, look on that idea. At first I wasn't a big fan of the travel companions but I got to like them after a while. There was a serious undertone of not overusing natural resources. I would read another book by Amy Bearce.
Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review during this blog tour!
Amy Bearce was an Army kid who moved 8 times before she graduated high school.
The one constant in her life was books-particularly fantasy and science fiction-and that hasn’t changed. Despite all the moves, Amy married her high school sweetheart. They met in their junior English class in an American school in Germany in 1991. They have two wonderful daughters and are carefully teaching them to love fantasy and science fiction, too.
A former English and reading elementary and middle school teacher, Amy has recently completed her Masters of Library Science and is excited about a career field with kids, teens, books and technology.
Amy is a homebody with a serious addiction to personality tests, which is not uncommon for an INFP (Myers-Briggs) such as herself. According to the DISC personality test, she is also a perfectionist, a title she hated. She immediately retook the test, changing some answers. When the results came up as Perfectionist again, she took it a third time, changing more answers to get a better result…not even seeing the irony until later.
And yes, the result still came back as “Perfectionist.”