Monday, November 17, 2014

Vögelein: Old Ghosts by Jane Irwin

Title: Vögelein: Old Ghosts
Author: Jane Irwin
Publisher: Fiery Studios
Rating: WORTHY!

Vögelein is a German word meaning small bird. The character in this novel is more like a large insect (based on the wings) so the name is a bit odd. It's a huge trope that fairies have insect wings, angels have swan's wings, evil angels have bat wings, but I liked this story, and was quite intrigued by the world the author has created.

This is evidently an ongoing series, and I, as usual, dropped right down in the middle of it, but when your local library has a book sale and the books are hard cover (which this one actually wasn't) and they're dirt cheap, you don't ask too many questions! You just buy as many as you can before someone wises up to the fact that they're virtually giving these away! Or until your wife wises up to the fact that you're spending too much money on books. Again....

So this tells the story of a fairy who has a bad history (presumably related in volume one), and who isn't dealing with it too well. She now lives in the city, and has one or two friends, but she misses the old days of country living with someone to whom she had became very close. Even as she revels in her new-found freedom, she reminisces rather more than is good for her.

This fairy is really unusual, which makes me want to read the previous volume. She's a clockwork fairy, and has to be rewound with a special key every once in a while. She did not, evidently used to own her own key, but now she does, but she cannot rewind herself, so the problem is finding a reliable person to do this since she's also being hunted by a girl who is desperate to catch herself a fairy - for reasons unknown.

So in short, I really liked this story. Kudos to Jane Irwin for coming up with a fairy tale which interests me - because I'm not a fan of such! This story is original, interesting and well drawn.

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