[description from B&N]
Poison has always been a willful, contrary girl, prone to being argumentative and stubborn. So when her sister is snatched by the mean-spirited faeries, she seeks out the Phaerie Lord to get her back.But finding him isn't easy, and the quest leads Poison into a murderous world of intrigue, danger, and deadly storytelling. With only her wits and her friends to aid her, Poison must survive the attentions of the Phaerie Lord, rescue her sister, and thwart a plot that's beyond anything she (or the reader) can imagine. . . .
I loves me a good fairy/faerie/phaerie tale. I am always on the lookout for them, and when I find one I like, I tend to get a little fangirly over the book's author. (I get fangirly about a lot of things though.) This is why I think Chris Wooding will be the new object of my fangirling affection. Once I get more of his books, that is.
This book is a complete phaerie tale; it even starts with 'once upon a time.' There's all sorts of creatures and phaeries and lords and yeah. Lots of creatures that were very interesting and even though many were evil, they were kind of fun. That makes hardly any sense. I mean they weren't like "let's go jump on a trampoline!" fun, but like "I will eat your soul" fun, which isn't fun. Fun to read about even though they were evil. I make no sense. I'm going to shut up on this subject now.
I must say that the plot was weird. I like weird, but this book's plot was very weird. The beginning and bits of the middle were perfectly normal and lovely; Poison goes off to find her sister and encounters a witch who wants to eat her bones, among other things. As I said, perfectly normal. But once Poison kind of forgot her sister and encountered a bigger conflict and something big was revealed, it got weird. I don't wish to spoil it, but it was weird. Not to say that it is bad. I found it extremely interesting and thought-provoking, but still weird. And really kind of...random.
So if you are looking for a marginally offbeat phaerie tale, I encourage you to pick this one up. The characters and creatures were lovely and had some depth, and the bizarre plot was exciting.
But before I go, I leave you all with a quote that I especially enjoyed:
"'Those things in there'- he tapped the book she was carrying- 'they're simple stories. Real life is a story too, only much more complicated. It's still got a beginning, a middle, and an end. Everyone follows the same rules, you know...It's just that there are more of them. Everyone has chapters and cliffhangers. Everyone has their journey to make. Some go far and wide and come back empty-handed; some don't go anywhere and their journey makes them richest of all. Some tales have a moral and some don't make any sense. Some will make you laugh, others make you cry. The world is a library, young Poison, and you'll never get to read the same book twice.'"