Author: Sarah Delena White
- Date read: June 30, 2017
- Rating: 5 stars
- Genre: Epic Fantasy / Steampunk
- Age: New Adult?
- Year pub: 2017
- Pages: 439 pages (Kindle)
- Series: Star-Fae Trilogy, #1
- Fave character: Taylan! (and Zad)
- Source: I got a free e-copy of this book through the Fellowship of Fantasy bookclub
- Notes: Read for the Fellowship of Fantasy bookclub’s May 2017 book. Also I LOVE THAT COVER SO MUCH AND I NEED A PAPERBACK SOMEDAY. ❤
- Links: Goodreads • Amazon • Barnes & Noble • Publisher • Author’s Website
Ten Thoughts on Halayda
1. TAYLAN. He’s the best. 😀 He’s the Faerie King and he’s epic and also caring and I love him to absolute bits. I love Zad too. ZAD IS ABSOLUTELY AWESOME. And snarky. XD
2. It takes place in a steampunk fantasy world and an attached Faerie world. I LOVED THIS. The Faerie world was very messed up for pretty much the entire story, but it was still kind of amazing and epic and just WOW too, and I loved the creatures, Fae, and fantasy-ness of it. Also it’s VERY LONG. (It also took me 2 months to read because I was busy with other books.) So I kind of lived in this book for a very long time, and it’s kind of hard to leave…
3. The dynamics between the four main characters are FABULOUS. Sylvie, Taylan, Zad, and Diza. I particularly loved how Zad and Diza are married, and Sylvie and Taylan kind of like each other (like a lot but don’t always admit it… *is quietly in the background aggressively shipping them because their romance is so cute*) but they have great dynamics with each other, and also since Zad and Diza are married, I didn’t have to worry about any tedious love-triangles. Silvie and Zad can be friends and work together, without her having a stupid love-triangle, and same with Diza and Taylan. They’re all super-connected to each other, and Diza and Sylvie are besties, and Zad and Taylan are kind of friends, in the best buddy-story-where-they-snark-at-each-other kind of way. XD And just… I really really loved these four characters and how they interacted and it was fresh and awesome. LOVE.
4. IT’S FUN TOO. I mean, sometimes it’s hard to find things this epic that can still be funny at times. It’s a sweeping fantasy epic with snark and hilarity and great banter. I love the snark and dialog! ^_^ Sooo much Kindle-highlighting going on. XD
5. Points for awesome Faerie references and things: like iron, and the Wild Hunt, and Banshees, and so many things. I love that it’s in a fantasy world so it can have different rules, so not ALL the old faerie lore applies, and much of it was flipped around, but it was so neat to have many of them woven in all the same. 😀
6. It’s rather dark at times, and it’s probably more New Adult than Young Adult, not to mention that naturally it’s verrry violent and there’s a bit of language for those who worry about such things, but despite the darkness and stuff, it was still mostly clean, and I still loved it!
7. It’s utterly epic and gorgeous and Fae, all in the best possible way. It felt… well, this may sound silly, but it felt like all those gorgeous fantasy/faerie pictures on Pinterest… Like… sort of shadowy but colorful and vivid and so FAERIE AND FANTASY-ISH. I can’t describe it any better way.
8. I will say that I’m a liiiittle worried/hesitant about the future sequels. Because it ended just well enough that I’m happy with it, but just not-well-enough that I can easily see it breaking some of my happilies in sequels and I don’t know if I can go through that kind of trauma. O.o So at the moment, I love it as a standalone (just figuring that there’s naturally a few very very loose threads left hanging for the sequels) and will just pretend that everything’s okay. *coughcough* I kind of need the sequels but I also don’t because I’m happy with where things are and can’t bear the thought of anything happening to my precious characters. <333 Buuut more stuff needs wrapping up because CERTAIN THINGS are kind of left hanging, a bit. But at the same time it ended perfectly. ❤ SO I’M TORN. IN A MAJOR WAY. I don’t even know, somebody save me from these feels.
9. Also, I love the word Halayda and what it means and just yes. ❤
10. BUT THE EPIC. AND THE FANTASY. AND THE CHARACTERSSSS. I… I… I… Words fail me. Easily one of the most epic, sweeping, mythic, dark, gorgeous, Fae things I’ve ever read. Definitely a favorite this year.
“There have to be a few perks to being king of Faerie or no one would want the job.”
It’s sad when one’s highest priority is to not get captured by a tree.
“Say it, Your Loftiness.”
“Fine; you’re actually good for more than making smart remarks and eating other people’s food.”
“but I know you. And no matter what happens, no matter what you do or what you become, you’ll always be my Taylan.”
“Hey, your majesty!” Zad’s voice cut through the haze of her thoughts. “Are you coming back, or are you planning to leave all the packing to your peons?”
Taylan pulled away, scowling. “I’m coming.”
“I’m putting all the heavy things in the royal pack,” Zad called.
Zad gave a loud snort. “That’s it. Next time, I’m choosing the quest.”
Taylan rolled his eyes. “You did volunteer for this.”
“It serves me right for being noble and selfless.”
“You know you love being the hero, Zad.” Diza laughed.
“I’d rather walk through the darkness with you than have the most privileged life with anyone else.”
“I vow with all my heart to love you with the constancy of the sun, to protect you as the thorn protects the rose, to sustain you as a river in the wilderness, to stand beside you when all others desert. This is my promise to you, my halayda, until the world fades to nothing.”
“You’re an idiot.” Zad walked with plodding steps, his hooves thudding on the rocky ground.
“Thank you so much Zad, but I already knew that.” Taylan gripped the pooka’s mane, trying to stay upright.
“You haven’t eaten in two days.” Zad stopped to nuzzle a clump of dying leaves that clung to a gnarled branch. A shriveled brown fruit was buried in the middle. He snorted. “I haven’t eaten in two days.”
“If you rescued people faster, we wouldn’t be having this problem.”
“Why does a horse need to steal a horse?” Taylan held the reins of the bay stallion while Zad swung into the saddle of his new acquisition— a dapple gray that threatened to bite anyone who came within easy reach.
“Why would I run the whole way when someone else can do the work?” Zad settled onto the gray stallion’s back and smacked the horse’s nose as it nipped at his leg.
“It looks like you two will get along perfectly.”
“Shut up and start destroying things so we can get out of here.” Zad urged the scowling horse into the cover of the trees.
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What do you think, my pagelings? Catch your interest? And what are some epic Faerie tales you’ve read and loved?
Thanks for reading! 🙂
Dream away in those pages . . .
~ The Page Dreamer