Faeries of Oakenwyld lost their magic years ago and as a result never go outside their tree unless they have a job to perform. However, Bryony, is not like most faeries. She's curious about the outside world and wants to know why her species is dying. When she becomes a hunter for her clan, she's finally able to go outside and explore. She LOVES the freedom of flying. It's not all fun and games as she must gather food for her people while surviving crows and other dangerous creatures. While guarding the gatherers, she battles a crow and falls into the lap of a human boy stuck in a wheel chair. He takes her back to his house to heal her, where things are tense among his family.
He just survived an accident and is forever confined to a wheelchair. Bitter towards life, he rejects the love and help of his family. Once Bryony recovers, they begin to talk. She slowly uncovers secrets of human life and he start coming out of his shell. Knowing she must return to the tree, she makes a point to keep visiting her friend in secret. While part of her can't keep away from him, the other part wonders if he might be able to help her and her people. Will her secret friendship with Paul be uncovered and mentioned to the Queen? Will Bryony's people uncover hidden truths about their past and find a way to heal their future?
My Thoughts: It took me a chapter to get into the story, but after that I was hooked. I LOVED IT! I wanted to drop everything and finish the story. I'm so excited there's another three books in the series. I loved the world R.J. Anderson created and how the faeries interact with humans. It's an engaging fantastical tale.
The Cover: I like seeing Bryony peering out from the tree.
Source: ILL from another library - because I didn't own this one. However, I just bought it for my collection and it arrived today.