Dana’s life hasn’t exactly been easy. She is half fae (faerie), her mom is an alcoholic, and her sixteen years have been full of taking care of her mom and frequent moves. After a disastrous voice recital that her mom crashes, she decides to reach out to her dad, who is a powerful fae. Now, one thing you must understand is that in the world of this book, there is a country within England called Avalon that is inhabited by the Fae and everyone knows it. People (humans) go there on vacation. They have a Starbucks. Avalon borders on Faerie where no humans are allowed and things remain as they have been for thousands of years.
As Dana arrives she is immediately pulled into the political intrigue that her human mother wanted to escape and it turns out that Dana has a special skill. Because of her mixed heritage and her father’s power, she can go in between Avalon and Faerie and the mortal world with no problem. She can also bring technology to Faerie, like cell phones, cameras and guns, which would normally disappear upon entrance. This makes her very a very valuable political tool.
I liked this first book. It was a good combination of an American teenager’s attitude and the culture of the people of Avalon that was obviously pulled from reading old faerie legends. You get a sense of the confusion that Dana feels and, as a reader, you really don’t know who to trust by the end of the book. As a protagonist, Dana was a sympathetic character. She wanted a better life and was put into a situation that seemed unwinnable. The action moved well, but some of the villains seemed somewhat undeveloped. I gave this four stars based on my desire to see what happens to Dana.