Nomad (Faery Rebels) by R J Anderson
|Nomad (Faery Rebels) by R J Anderson|
|Reviewer: Jill Murphy|
|Summary: We love RJ Anderson around here and we loved Nomad too. It's an action-packed, absorbing sequel to Swift and you'll find characters from the Knife sequence just to make things even better.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 352||Date: January 2014|
|External links: Author's website|
Ok. Before we begin, you should know that Nomad is the second in a sequence. So if you haven't yet read Swift, you should probably start there. Don't read this review: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS.
We meet up with Ivy again as she's travelling with Martin, searching for any surviving spriggans. Ivy has been banished from the Delve by Betony, the piskey Joan, even though she was instrumental in saving it and her people from a vengeful faery. Independent Ivy is a threat to the Joan's obduracy and stubborn refusal to change in response to circumstances but she's not entirely happy away from the Delve despite the intimate connection she has with Martin after he healed her. She's determined to find a way to free her people from the poison that is slowly killing them.
But can she trust Martin? And will her people ever rebel against the Joan?
Oh, I love RJ Anderson's stories. Nomad is the second book in the second sequence from her set in the same magical universe. Knife told of the faeries of the Oak and some of its characters and plotlines show up again in this story. But the focus is all on Ivy, the girl who is half-piskey, half-faery, but always feels the tug of loyalty to the piskey tribe in which she grew up. Like all RJ Anderson's heroines, Ivy is a leader - she just doesn't know it yet. We watch her struggle despite having the odds stacked against her and we root for her all the way.
I love the setting. This is a fully-realised world and quite a traditional one in terms of faery tale-telling. The magical folk live alongside but largely separate from humankind and they play little to no part in the affairs of men. It's like a breath of fresh air in a market full of urban fantasies. There's also a great balance of action and romance. Anderson's characters do fall in love but romance isn't the be all and end all of her stories. There's another breath of fresh air right there. The plotting is great too - intricate and clever with nary a hole in sight.
Yep. I loved it. The whole thing. Nomad is a delightful read, exactly as I expected it to be. Recommended.
If Nomad appeals, you could also look at the fantabulous Firebrand (Rebel Angels) by Gillian Philip|Rebel Angel]] sequence from Gillian Philip.
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