Author: Saara El-Arrifi
Publication: January 23, 2024
Publisher: Del Rey
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
DIVIDED BY BLOOD.
IMPRISONED BY FATE.
BOUND BY DESIRE.
WELCOME TO THE INTOXICATING WORLD OF THE FAE.
Yeeran is a warrior in the elven army and has known nothing but violence her whole life. Her sister, Lettle, is trying to make a living as a diviner, seeking prophecies of a better future.
When a fatal mistake leads to Yeeran’s exile from the Elven lands, they are both forced into the terrifying wilderness beyond their borders. There they encounter the impossible: the fae court.
The fae haven’t been seen for a millennium. But now Yeeran and Lettle are thrust into their seductive world – torn between their loyalty to each other, their elven homeland, and their hearts. . .
**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
If representation is what you want/need in a book, Faebound is perfection. The fact that I am not familiar with this author and have not seen recommendations for this book on social media is shocking! I genuinely enjoyed every page.
Yeeran and Lettle are sisters. They grew from poverty into the lives they are currently living and the fact that Saara has written this so matter-of-factly just adds to the magic of the story. For a lot of people, this is their every day. It isn’t an epic revelation from nothing to something because that’s the world we live in…and that’s the world Yeeran and Lettle live in as well. From prejudices to blatant hate between Fae and Elven races, these sisters persevere.
Yeeran is exiled from their Waning community by her lover and left on the outskirts of Elven lands. Her sister and a very likable tagalong, Rayan, follow her. The twists and turns the story takes from there are surprising and it kept me hooked. I was constantly needing to know what would happen next.
The world-building is perfect. It’s clean and concise. I could picture all the settings in my mind. There is some romance but it isn’t the forefront of this book and that’s okay. At times, it did feel like the story was slightly rushed and I wanted just a little more from the author or characters. That is why I give this book 4 stars. Otherwise, I highly recommend giving it a chance!
This is the first book in a series, so as always if you don’t like reading unfinished sets I’d say hold off. There isn’t a cliffhanger but the end does leave you wanting more.
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