Prophecy of Wings by Jane McGarry

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Pages: 276
Published: May 11, 2021 by JM Books
Genre: Fairytale / YA / Folklore Adaptation

Book Summary

(From Goodreads)

A betrayal, a prophecy, a kingdom in the balance. Sixteen years ago the evil Dahlia overthrew the kingdom of Roshall Grove, the heart of the Fairy World. A prophecy foreseen by Edwina, a powerful enchantress, remains the only hope to topple her iron-fisted rule. Now, Lina, a simple peasant girl, learns her future is linked to this prophecy. Edwina brings Lina to the Fairy World to fulfill her destiny—conquering Queen Dahlia. Separated from the enchantress by agents of the dark queen, Lina begins a perilous journey to join the Resistors, who await her return to mount their attack. Thrust into this strange world, Lina must navigate relations with a host of different fairies and animals, never knowing who seeks to help or to thwart her.

Finally reunited with the Resistors, Lina must find the strength to lead her people and fulfill the prophecy. Meanwhile, Dahlia prepares for the battle, which will ultimately decide the survival of her reign, while reflecting on the path that brought her and her foe to this moment of reckoning.

A fairy tale with an ending twist, A Prophecy of Wings is loosely based on Thumbelina by Hans Christian Andersen and examines the ideas of predestined fates and the subsequent, sometimes unforeseen, consequences.

Rating

3/5

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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My Thoughts

When it came to Jane’s writing style, I didn’t enjoy the way she kept changing the POV without warning and I sometimes got a little lost as to who was talking at certain points. She would have the story from Lina’s POV but then she would call her ‘the girl’ in the next sentence.

I was committed to the story from early on. When a pregnant Queen is running away from someone and it’s her sister, you want to know what went down. The storyline was very well written, even though it did loosely follow the story of Thumbelina, there were very different aspects to it. However, I did not enjoy the ending, it disappointed me.

The story kept me guessing all along. The twists and turns and adventures that Lina follows were exciting and nerve wrecking. Jane definitely did her planning well for this book. I actually felt very sorry for Dahlia for most of the story, even though she was quite evil, she was made that way. The story brought a few tears to my eyes at times. I believe Jane wanted that because at the beginning of her book she says ‘For every Dahlia in the world – you are not alone.’

The world that the author created was very interesting. Parts of the fairy world was dying and parts were fighting to survive. All the details were beautifully given and I could imagine the world in front of me. I wanted Lina to win because I felt like the win was going to save her aunt. All along I felt like her not wanting to go to war with her aunt was pointing us in the direction of her saving her aunt. This is probably also why the ending disappointed me a bit. Lina’s back story and her internal monologue were well written so I was rooting for her all the way.

The dialogue was mostly easy to understand. There weren’t difficult words to understand, except for the fairy types but that was to be expected and made the story more interesting. The characters were diverse and different. They all had their own looks and ways of living. It must have taken Jane a while to come up with all the different types of fairies and where they each lived. Well done!

This is not a series, it’s a standalone. I am not disappointed that I read the book, even though the ending disappointed me (yes, I know I mentioned it before…I’m getting to the point). I enjoyed the read and went through it quite quickly. This is a good thing because if I drag through a book, it means it’s boring me and this one was definitely not boring.

I would definitely recommend it to people that enjoy this genre.

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