2024 Reading Challenge

2024 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 1 book toward her goal of 285 books.

2023 Reading Challenge

2023 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 5 books toward her goal of 265 books.

Book Review: Far From Mortal Realms by Karen A. Wyle

About the Book

The many wondrous realms the Fair Folk inhabit offer tempting opportunities for mortals hoping to benefit from faerie magic. But making bargains with the Fair Folk is a dangerous business, for the fae have a habit of leaving loopholes to snare the unwary. Father-and-daughter lawyers Abe and Adira have made a career out of helping their fellow humans reach such agreements safely.

Abe and Adira know the rules for dealing with Fair don’t reveal your true name, don’t say thank you, don’t accept gifts, don’t eat fae food, don’t tell even the slightest of lies . . . . Oh, and always, no matter the provocation, be unfailingly polite.

A moment of carelessness, a brief lapse, and a professional defender of mortal interests may be in dire need of rescue.

My Review

I absolutely love the way Karen Wyle tells a story. Regardless of the underlying topic or genre, her ability to build evocative worlds and populate them with fully three-dimensional characters is always a marvel to me. From children’s books to science fiction to historical romance to young adult to fantasy to futuristic tales, her stories never fail to capture my imagination – and make me think while doing it. She has an uncanny knack for getting to the heart of controversial or philosophical topics and doing so in a way that never feels preachy or domineering, but rather encourages the reader to think through the complexities of issues right along with her characters while simultaneously offering lovely stories that are as engaging as they are thought-provoking.

She’s managed to walk this tightrope yet again with her latest title, which blends fantasy and other worlds with a legal procedural – a feat I’ve not yet seen anyone manage, let alone manage with such aplomb! The story is a marvelous one that hinges on ideas of family and freedom and finding yourself, and it is clothed in the type of magical imagery and creative world-building that I’ve come to realize are hallmarks of her storytelling. It is also a fascinating look at language and how the power of words can literally change lives, presented via an indomitable father-daughter legal team making contracts with the fae. Contracts simply don’t get more fun than this, and I say that from my own legal experience!

If you like your stories to be character-driven, with original and well-detailed worlds and plots that will tug on your heartstrings while entertaining you along the way, then you should definitely check this one out. It’s a really fantastic tale that offers up characters and worlds that I hope will be revisited by the author one day!

And how absolutely fabulous and eye-catching is that cover?? I absolutely love the way Wyle matches art with content, whether in covers or illustrations. The visualization is always so marvelous and spot-on!

Thanks to the author for my obligation-free review copy.

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