Series: Faeriewalker #1
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin on May 25, 2010
Source: Personal Copy
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Dana Hathaway doesn’t know it yet, but she’s in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, Dana decides she’s had it with being her mother’s keeper, so she packs her bags and heads to stay with her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the magical world of Faerie intersect. But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn't just an ordinary teenage girl—she's a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie.
Soon, she finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone's trying to kill her, and everyone wants something from her, even her newfound friends and family. Suddenly, life with her alcoholic mom doesn't sound half bad, and Dana would do anything to escape Avalon and get back home. Too bad both her friends and her enemies alike are determined not to let her go
I’ve been a big fan of Jenna Black’s “Morgan Kingsley” adult series, so even though this book is a young adult novel, I was excited to read it and it did not let me down. I love the way Ms. Black does such an amazing job of getting inside the main characters head and showing us that conflicted insight that makes Dana such an interesting character.
This is the first novel in the Faeriewalker Series. Shadowspell, the follow-up, will be released in early 2011. The book was a very quick read for me and I just didn’t want to put it down. There is a little world development, but it is mixed in with the story so much it is not even noticeable. Several supporting characters, including new best buddy Kimber, hunky trainer Keane and kidnapper Ethan, provide additional character depth. My favorite character though is Finn, her Knight bodyguard. All tough and snarly on the outside but a sweetie at heart. There appears to be two potential love interests for Dana – Ethan and Keane, but Ms. Black does a great job of not rushing their relationships. I look forward to how she develops them in the next book.
Overall, Glimmerglass is a wonderful beginning to a new young adult series and I would strongly recommend this book.