Thursday, June 25, 2015

Book Shelf: Flicker (Flicker #1) by Kaye Thornbrugh

When sixteen-year-old Lee Capren is spirited away to Faerie, she is forced to serve capricious faeries as a prized portrait artist… and live as their prisoner.

A chance encounter with the charming Nasser grants Lee a chance for freedom—but what felt like mere days in Faerie spanned years in the human world, and Lee no longer has a home to return to.

Nasser is a Seer—a human with magical powers—and Lee is quickly plunged into his world: a sprawling city teeming with magic and mystery, where supernatural creatures walk hidden among humans. With the help of a rag-tag group of teenage Seers, Lee must master her newfound magical talent and outwit a cunning faerie determined to destroy her.

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Flicker by Kaye Thornbrugh is a deliciously woven and well depicted tale of magic, faeries and friendship that can only be described as Cassandra Clare meets Julie Kagawa! Completely unassuming and downright addictive, Flicker is an unexpected adventure you are sure to love! Flicker is told in the third person and follows a great cast of characters who are a part of the faerie community in one way or another.

Flicker predominately follows Weatherly “Lee” Capren whose whole world is changed forever when the talented artist is bewitched and whisked away to the land of Faerie; forced to paint, draw and serve fey masters whilst in a trance. Rescued after years in this state by the beguiling Nasser, Lee discovers that the life she once knew is no more, and with the help of Nasser, a Seer and someone who can see the fey, Lee finds herself learning about the world she is now a part of and that hides behind every day mortal life. Making new friends, and making new discoveries about herself, Lee soon realizes that the chance to continue on in her new life will not come easy.

I was really impressed with Flicker, I mean really. I’m not quite sure what I expected, but whatever it was, Kaye Thornbrugh exceeded it. Flicker is wonderfully written and Kaye Thornbrugh depicts a vivid, lyrical world of the fey that intertwines with ours throughout this story. Flicker truly is captivating from the start, and in the tradition of all the best faerie and fantasy tales of our time, Flicker is exceptionally layered and complex. There was always a new discovery to be made in this novel; magic, danger and friendship thoroughly explored.

Flicker follows various characters, with Lee understandably being a focal one, but with Nasser, Filo and the dryad Byrony also taking the reins upon occasion. I personally loved all the characters; Lee, Nasser, Filo, Jason, Alice….even some of the faeries like Rodney and Conall proved likable.

Like many authors before her, Thornbrugh illustrates the complex nature of the fey in Flicker and I loved how she wrote them. By nature faeries are tricksters and have little to no appreciation of human life, something evident in their actions and their attitudes. They're beautiful and alluring and Kaye Thornbrugh wonderfully depicts this. I'm actually a real fan of these kinds of fey and enjoy it when authors mix with their fey characters to create likable and unpredictable individuals. Though the main characters in Flicker are either mortal or Seer, it was the smaller roles of certain fey that added that extra something to the novel.

There's danger galore in Flicker, but also plenty of friendship and romance. Thankfully Thornburgh stays away from the dreaded love triangle--something that won a fan in me, and instead chooses to build a solid friendship between Lee and the men in her life besides Nasser. I enjoyed the humor and fun within the story and found it so easy to lose myself in the tale.

Vivid, magical and sensationally written, Flicker is a fantastic debut that leaves me ready to lose myself in Kaye Thornbrughs beautiful world once more and excited to read the sequel!

Source: Sent for review by the author (Thank you Kaye!)
Format: Kindle ebook
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Smashwords
My Recommendation: Fans of Julie Kagawa are sure to love this!
Cover: I think it's pretty and personifies Lee excellently.
Will I read sequel/continue with series: Yes!

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