Protecting humans from dangerous magical creatures is all in a day’s work for a faerie training to be a guardian. Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale knows this better than anyone—she’s about to become the best guardian the Guild has seen in years. That is, until a cute human boy who can somehow see through her faerie glamor follows her into the Fae realm. Now she’s broken Guild Law, a crime that could lead to her expulsion. The last thing Vi wants to do is spend any more time with the boy who got her into this mess, but the Guild requires that she return Nate to his home and make him forget everything he’s discovered of the Fae realm. Easy, right? Not when you factor in evil faeries, long-lost family members, and inconvenient feelings of the romantic kind. Vi is about to find herself tangled up in a dangerous plot—and it’ll take all her training to get out alive.
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Violet is a Guardian fae who protects humans. But her newest assignment, Nate, doesn’t go over so well when he sees her. Humans aren’t supposed to see faeries, but Nate can see Violet and even follows her into the fae realm. Throw in that along with Violet’s immediate attraction towards him and Violet finds herself in trouble.
I loved Nate’s character and how he provides most of the comedic relief, which makes the story even more entertaining. Instead of being fearful of the fae world, Nate takes it all in stride with comments like “pinch me”. He uses jokes to deal with discovering a whole new world. But he has layers of his own that not even he knows about and Violet is the only one that can help him discover who he his. She is the only one who can find his birth Mom.
Violet's life takes a turn for the better with Nate's presence by experiencing her first love, but the good doesn’t last forever. Soon, Violet finds herself the target of an evil fae named Zell. He wants to use her ability for his own reasons. The ability to find anyone.
Final verdict: THE FAERIE GUARDIAN was an exciting read and any fans of fae books, like Sarah J. Maas, aren't going to want to miss this one. It's full of all types of mythical creatures like goblins, trolls, halflings, pixies, and many more. I’m off to eagerly begin the second in the series.
Many elements of the faeries’ lives mirror that of people today in the real world. In the book, for example, the faeries do not have cell phones, but they are able to essentially text message each other on slabs of amber. The young faeries also use social media sites, as displayed in one of the bonus scenes, “Ryn.” Additionally, the way the characters talk and relate to one another feels very colloquial, as they use familiar phrases and words. Consequently, the fantastical elements, though present and uniquely intriguing, do not overwhelm the story. As a result, Creepy Hollow, Violet’s home, seems like it could realistically coexist with ours.
The read on a whole is very light and quick. I was never bored and because I really cared about the lead character, it was impossible to put the book down. The plot twist that happens during the second half of the novel also completely switched the dynamic between everyone and took me by surprise. I am very curious to see the ripple effects of this twist in the next two books and to see how these characters continue to change and interact given the new circumstances.
Overall, THE FAERIE GUARDIAN by Rachel Morgan is very clever, entertaining, and simply put, a good read.