Feyland: The Dark Realm - Anthea Sharp

I just finished reading another fascinating and well written book on Wattpad, Feyland: The Dark Realm by Anthea Sharp. It's a modern (actually futuristic) take on the Tam Lin legend and the one about Thomas the Rhymer. In this story, the maiden is a girl playing a very advanced 3D computer game. She discovers to her cost that her game has a connection with Faerie. To return to Feyland, to regain what she's lost, she needs a champion and finds it in the form of a boy at her new school. He gladly accepts her plea for help, because he's impressed with the pretty girl and because he loves playing computer games. His personal life is complicated and at first this offer seems very attractive. After a while, he realizes the seriousness of his undertaking but accepts it anyway.

I found both characters quite easy to relate to and like, and the same goes for the boy's other friend, a girl I don't think is based on any character from one of the legends. In fact, all characters seem interesting, although the villain is naturally neither pleasant nor likeable. If I have any complaint about this book, it's mainly that it could have been longer and even more developped, but that's a minor complaint. I'm just greedy. :)

The author sketches a realistic and depressing dystopia (the real world setting). I imagine it's supposed to be a relatively near future (twenty-thirty years ahead maybe, though that's just a guess).

 

This mix between fantasy and a future setting with advanced technology is something I really enjoy. Somehow they go well together.

Fortunately, there's a prequel and a second book in what looks to be a trilogy about Feyland. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series. If you like fantasy and technology you'll probably enjoy it too. The books are available for purchase in several online bookstores, for instance Amazon and Smashwords, as well as for free on Wattpad.

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