Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Review: Feyland by Anthea Sharp

Feyland is the most immersive computer game ever designed, and Jennet Carter is the first to play the prototype. But she doesn't suspect the virtual world is close enough to touch -- or that she'll be battling for her life against the Dark Queen of the faeries. 
Tam Linn is the perfect hero -- in-game. Too bad the rest of his life is seriously flawed. The last thing he needs is rich-girl Jennet prying into his secrets, insisting he's the only one who can help her.
Together, Jennet and Tam enter the Dark Realm of Feyland, only to discover that the entire human world is in danger. Pushed to the limit of their abilities, they must defeat the Dark Queen... before it's too late.”

What do you do when a game starts to cross over into reality? What happens when everything you thought was imaginary turns out to be more real than you could possibly imagine? These are questions that Jennet must find the answers to after she loses a battle – and a piece of her soul – to the Dark Queen in a new game called, Feyland. Jennet is forced to wrap her head around the fact that her health is slowly deteriorating, and the only way to save her own life is to return to the immersive virtual reality game and win back her soul with the help of a champion. For this task, she enlists Tam, a boy from the other side of the tracks who is the best gamer at her new school. But the pair soon learns that Jennet’s life isn’t the only one in danger – the entire human world is in danger from the creatures of Feyland. Feyland: The Dark Realm is an interesting book that combines fantasy and reality together in such a way that it leaves the reader feeling completely immersed in the story, as well as the fictional game itself.

I rate this book:
What I really enjoyed about this book was the way that Anthea Sharp described the scenery inside Feyland. It felt as real to me as if I were actually standing beside the characters in the book when they were interacting with the game. I felt like this was a part of the book that was extremely well done and definitely contributed to my enjoyment in the story. I also liked how the author was able to incorporate many of the common myths and legends about faeries into the story, particularly the inclusion of The Ballad of Tam Lin. It was incredibly interesting to me and made me want to know about the myths themselves. The incorporation of The Ballad of Tam Lin was a crucial part of the plot and was also very well done in the book. If you enjoy books that combine fantasy and reality with a little bit of suspense thrown into the mix, then you should definitely check out Feyland: The Dark Realm.

Growing up, Anthea Sharp spent her summers raiding the library shelves and reading, especially fantasy. She now makes her home in the Pacific Northwest, where she writes, plays the fiddle, and spends time with her small-but-good family. Contact her at or visit her website –

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