Rise of the Darklings (The Invisible Order #1)
Twelve-year-old Emily is left to raise her younger brother Will after both of her parents disappear. One day, on the way to work, she happens to witness a battle between faeries. Then everything disappears. She thinks shes imaging things until two men come to her place demanding to know what she saw. Add to that a destiny that involves Christopher Wren, Merlin, and a centuries old feud. Emily doesnt know who to trust in a battle that will involve her and those she loves.
I loved this faery tale! Right at the very beginning I was swept away to a Victorian world where the world of faery exists along with ours. The images and details are vivid with an assortment of characters that are unforgettable. I love the whole Victorian world atmosphere existing next to the haunting world of the fey. The concept of an invisible order, those who are sworn to protect humans from faeries was intriguing. Mr. Ravenhills character fascinated me. A page turning tale guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat! I know it did for me!
Those who love fantasies with a spunky heroine who helps solves century old mysteries will enjoy this book. I cant wait for the next book in the series.
All of the characters complimented each other very well, especially Jack and Emily. At times I didn't really feel a connection with Emily, our main character, but Jack was easy to love. He was easily my favorite character. He and Emily are perfect for each other!
The author had me guessing until the very end. I really didn't know who Emily could trust. At first, I thought it was the Queen Kelindra but then I was like, she can't. Then I thought, oh the Dagda. And then I was thinking, well maybe it's the Invisible Order.... I must say that I was instantly drawn to Sebastian. Forgive me, I can't remember who he was but if you read the book then you will.... *hint hint*
Paul Crilley did a good job building his world and I enjoyed the different pixies and gnomes. Corrigan was definately a favorite. (Oh, there's another reason you have to read it because I'm not telling you who he is. And I remember this character.) Over all, a good book but I'd recommend it predominantly for children ages 8-12 and younger if they can read well enough.
I actually went out and bought the second book and have been thinking of finally reading it. So keep an eye out for my review of the The Fire King.