The harmony between humans and fianna, a species of shape-shifting deer, begins to wither as racial tensions and deeply rooted resentment turns violent.
Ruthless hunter Finn Hail and prophesied liberator Adelaide may be heroes to their own species, but they are enemies to each other. With war on the horizon, the reluctant pair must team up to find the most elusive of prey: the god of the Forest.
As enemies press in from all sides, true intentions begin to show. For Finn to save the boy he cares for most, he might need to aim his gun at the very god he seeks. And Adelaide, with her festering hatred for mankind, will have to determine if peace holds true salvation for her people.
Thank you Netgalley for providing me with an ARC
Publication date: February 11, 2019
This is categorized as a fantasy, however, I would describe it more as a whimsical fairy tale. The idea of rebirth, the cycle of life and the creation of life are reoccurring themes throughout this story. Fianna, the deer like creatures in this story, shed their fur during the warmer months similar to how trees shed their leaves as it starts to get cold; creating this notion of the cycle of nature. This story is very descriptive, becoming a bit gory at times as we read about the transformation of this shedding of bodies. There are also ferals, Fianna who can’t correctly make the transition, becoming beast like and killing anything in their path. The fabled Maiden, a pure white Fianna, is foretold to lead these ferals to the God of the forest in order to cure them.
Things that were Meh
Religion: This story has a strong religious theme with the creation of life and the God of the forest, who the maiden is tasked with finding. While this didn’t bother me, I feel as though this was the strongest theme in the book and it’s not something I go out of my way to try to read.
Writing: The beginning felt very choppy, with short sentences and the introduction of characters and the world. It got better towards the end but ultimately this novel felt like it was still in the beginning stages of being written. It had all the basics of a novel but it lacked the interesting details, the character developments, everything that makes you want to connect with a story.
Characters: Unfortunately all of the characters felt flat with no development and not much personality. The maiden, who calls her self Adelaide, doubts herself through out the entire book and wonders around aimlessly unsure how to find this God of the forest. Finn, the hunter who is tasked with protecting the Maiden, has his own inner demons that he’s battling with and just makes bad decisions through out the novel. I felt bad for Anna and Caleb and the situation they were battling but they were pretty useless at driving the plot forward.
Plot: I don’t believe that the synopsis of the book quite depicts what you will read. There are racial tensions between the humans and the Fianna but I didn’t feel the hated between Finn and Adelaide as said above. Nor did they really go on a journey to find the God of the forest, honestly they stayed in Norsewood for a majority of the novel, only occasionally venturing into the forest to find some ferals.
This novel ended with a cliffhanger meaning there will be at least another book following this one, however I doubt I will continue to follow Finn and Adelaide’s journey.
Have you read Foreign to You? What were your thoughts? I would love to chat!