Review: To Dance in Liradon

To Dance in Liradon
by Adrienne Clarke
YA Fantasy
September 19th 2012 by Soul Mate Publishing
Source: From author for review

Goodreads summary:
Seventeen-year old Brigid O'Flynn is an outcast. A chance encounter with the Faerie Queen left her tainted in the eyes of the villagers, who blame the Faerie for the village’s missing women and children. Desperate to win the village’s acceptance Brigid agrees to marry her childhood friend: Serious, hardworking, Connell Mackenna. But when Connell disappears before their wedding Brigid's hopes are shattered. Blamed for her fiancĂ©’s death, Brigid fears she will suffer the same fate as the other village outcasts, the mysterious Willow Women. Lured into Liradon by their inhuman lovers, and cast out weak and broken, the Willow Women spend their lives searching for the way back into Faerie. When Connell suddenly reappears Brigid is overjoyed, but everything is not as it seems. Consumed by his desire for beauty and celebration, Connell abandons his responsibilities, and Brigid soon finds herself drawn into a passionate, dangerous world of two.

When Brigid discovers the truth behind Connell's transformation she’s forced to choose between two men and two worlds. Brigid’s struggle leads her into glittering, ruthless Liradon where she must rescue her true love from a terrible sacrifice or lose him forever

What I thought:
I never know what I'll find when I review an Indie book. I have read some that have had a good premise, but no execution and lots of grammar and spelling issues. Those just frustrate me. I had seen To Dance in Liradon positively reviewed on another blog, although I can't remember where. When the author asked if I would review it for her and that it was clean, I was more than happy to do so.

I have to give kudos to the author. There are some missing words here and there, but nothing that you don't find in main stream published works as well and they didn't distract from the story. The writing flowed nicely, making it easy to read and get into the story. Her characters were also fairly well flushed out.

My favorite characters were actually Connell and the faerie prince. They each had strong roles and characters. They are also completely different from each other, so it was a nice contrast. I liked Brigid, but she frustrated me at points when I felt she should have been more confident and follow through on a decision. She was so easily misled at parts and succumbed at others when I didn't want her to. Although, I guess that is the way it normally goes when you're dealing with faeries.

I really liked the story-book world Clarke created. She did a great job of describing it through the characters and their experiences. There are a lot of contrasts: between the various members of the town, the lord and lady of the manor and their servants, the outcasts (Brigid and the Willow Women), and the faeries.

If you love tales about faeries, then I would recommend picking this up! Currently it is available as a Kindle book for $2.99.

Content: There is some suggestive content, where you know what went on, but there are no details.

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