Child of Light

Del Rey: Ballantine. Oct. 2021. 384p. ISBN 9780593357385. $28. FANTASY
Auris Afton Grieg has been in the children’s prison since the age of 15, with no real memories of her prior life. Her 19th birthday is approaching, when she’ll be forced to move to the adult prison. Before Auris can be transferred, she and several others enact a bold escape into the wastelands, chased by their fierce Goblin captors. Only Auris survives and she’s soon rescued by a peculiar, handsome, green-skinned stranger named Harrow, who tells Auris that he is Fae, a race that she’d only heard of in stories. Harrow then reveals that he suspects Auris is also Fae, even though she looks more like a human with her olive skin. Harrow and Auris travel to his beautiful home, Viridian Deep, where Auris is by turns welcomed and shunned by the Fae. As her knowledge about magic and the world grows, Auris journeys back to her past to uncover the answers that will unlock her future.
VERDICT Brooks’s (The Last Druid) latest series launches in an exciting new world filled with juxtapositions of magic and machine, Fae and human, and introduces the one young woman who may be able to bridge the gaps.
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