Reunification Conspiracy: The Kindling of GreenFyr (Book 1)
Before I started it, the only knowledge I had about this book was from
a few other 1 ARC Tour reviews, so I wasn't really sure what to expect.
Well, that isn't totally true. I knew that the book was really long, as
in over 500 pages long.
I was pleasantly surprised with that I found!
was a great character, without question. At the start he's a "geeky"
kid who is having one major problem with school. He's stuck in that
endless circle of being bullied, because he can't tell his parents
about what's happening. So, he dreads taking the bus to school in the
morning, and seems to feel weak and helpless. After he rescues Orla, in
the form of a leopard, from a group of hell hounds, everything changes.
Over the course of the book, Owen becomes stronger and more confident
in himself. This is especially true when facing unsavory creatures, and
loss of people he cares about. My other favorite character was the
Aingeal, Winter. At first I wasn't sure of his allegiance, but that may
have just been my overly suspicious nature.
was exciting, unique, and totally unpredictable (in a good way, I had
no idea what would happen in the end!). The scenery was amazing, and I
really felt connected with the characters. I particularly liked the
human/animal dynamic. For example, Owen and Boone (a sort of king of
the dogs, the Duine Madra) have an instant and deep connection. Any pet
owner can relate to that friendship you develop.
reminded me a bit of Lord of the Rings. There were a lot of interesting
characters, different places, and a bunch of great names (i.e Orla's
home, Quailan, and the creature that was called a Vrok). I can't
express what a breath of fresh air this book was. I also thought it was
really nice to have a male as the main character. While I understand
why most of the YA protagonists are female (women tend to be the
biggest group of book buyers), I appreciated reading from a boy's
point-of-view. I can't wait for the sequel!
After saving his backyard-snow leopard from some Death Dogs that appointed to get rid of the Sylvan Princess, Owen has yet another shock when the suspected snow leopard turns out to be a Fey, a Sylvan--shape-shifter, that is. Not to long after this revelation the pair come to find Owen's parent frozen to stone, setting off the beginning of the plot line, that is The Kindling of GreenFyr. After being forced to take Owen with her into her alternate world, Orla, the Sylvan Princess quickly realizes if it not were for Owen she would not have the ability to discover her mysterious abduction and alleged murder attempt. As the pair journey through the woodsy forests and mountainous climbs, they soon come upon various travelers, who soon become a part of their small renegade band. Continuing the trek to Quailan, Orla's kingdom, the group separate for a duration before the death of a Sidhe and the surprising secrets kept by the house keep, deter the grounds unsafe for the human or the princess. Determined to get to the bottom of Orla's abduction and memory loss, as well as safe retrieval of Owen's parents, with a group of worshippers and honor-bound creatures, they once again set off to a new destination for more accurate answers. They new destination is the capital, Narsus, where they know Orla's father, King of the Sylvan will be, and every other representative of all the kingdoms in that world, for discussion of the Re-Unification of the Worlds. Also knowing that Owen's parents will be there, as well. With the accumulating members to their small band, they come across battles against followers that must be dealt with, and villains that must be destroyed.
I have to say that from the beginning, Boone, the Duine Madra, Owen's best companion, is my favorite character because of the instantaneous bond between himself and Owen. Talk about man's best friend. Did I forget to mention that Boone is the average triple-sized dog...
In this creative, unique, debut novel Mark Freeman does a wonderful job at creating an alternate world, where all the creatures in fairy tales roam. From Fey to Sidhe, goblins to dwarves, trolls to gnomes, even Vam-Pyrs. The creepy ones, I mean. And so much more! The Kindling of GreenFyr: Book One of the Reunification Conspiracy is a refreshment to the YA fantasy genre. In this third-person novel, Owen accumulates all different types of friends, that all have their shared feelings narrated by the phenomenal Mark Freeman. Recommended to all YA readers out there that are looking for something new, exciting, adventurous all in one! You will enjoy it, guaranteed.