In her book Dark Fey The Reviled, Cynthia Morgan takes the reader to the world of the Light Fey or fairies, who live in the village of Hwyndarin in the forest of Jyndari, and the Dark Fey, or The Reviled or Dark Ones, who live in the dark forest of Uunglarda. The Reviled are constantly crossing to Jyndari to wreck havoc and steal childfey to raise as Dark Ones in Uunglarda.
AylaYna or Ayla is a young Light Fey with special abilities of empathy and being able to discern the truth from a lie. She feels different from her peers because of her gifts, and spends much of her time at the Temple training to be a Guardian while the other Fey are in school.
Mardan is a young malefey who catches Ayla’s attention, and they begin to build a close relationship.
Gairynzvl is a Dark One, and yet he isn’t; he is one of the Light Fey stolen as a child. He has experienced horrible suffering and wants to go back to the Light with Ayla’s help. The interaction between the characters is creative and is an instrumental part of the story.
What I like best about Dark Fey is the beautiful imagery; I can picture myself there in Jyndari with the characters, and I can relate to Ayla feeling different and wanting to fit in. I feel for Gairynzvl also; I understand him wanting out of his tragic circumstances, and the Dark Fey are menacing.
Dark Fey has all the elements of a well-crafted, imaginative story, including interesting characters who struggle with issues such as self-worth, feeling isolated or different, and having to choose the path of right or wrong (or light or dark). The themes also also include compassion, not labeling someone because they seem different, and not judging someone when you may not know all their circumstances.
This is the first of a three-part series and I am looking forward to the next installment.