by Chelsea Pitcher
Published by Flux on November 8, 2014
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
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A Kingdom at War . . .
Elora, the young princess of the Dark Faeries, plans to overthrow her tyrannical mother, the Dark Queen, and bring equality to faeriekind. All she has to do is convince her mother’s loathed enemy, the Bright Queen, to join her cause. But the Bright Queen demands an offering first: a human boy who is a “young leader of men.”
A Dark Princess In Disguise . . .
To steal a mortal, Elora must become a mortal—at least, by all appearances. And infiltrating a high school is surprisingly easy. When Elora meets Taylor, the seventeen-year-old who’s plotting to overthrow a ruthless bully, she thinks she’s found her offering . . . until she starts to fall in love.
The Last Changeling is a fantasy story about good versus evil. Elora (aka Lora) is a young faerie princess on an important mission in the human world. It was a nice surprise for me that the story began right away with Lora on her mission (instead of having too many confusing details). Lora meets Taylor, a human boy, and right away the two characters form a bond and the story is written in both of their point of views. I was impressed with the authors writing for Lora’s POV. Lora spoke in a regal and proper tone, but not too odd to stand out among the humans. Each chapter is titled with either Lora’s or Taylor’s name but it wasn’t necessary for me. The author did a great job of creating a distinctive voice for Lora and Taylor so it was easy for me to identify the change in POV. The change in POV’s was smoothly done so I didn’t feel it was an interruption in the story. Even though I did enjoy the changes in POV it still took me some time to get connected with Taylor. As soon as we meet Taylor we know that he hasn’t had a happy life. He is having problems with some students at school and with his family but his back story took a long time to be revealed. I think this slow pace of the story did make it difficult for me to understand Taylor. But once I reached the 70% mark of the book the story does pick up and I started liking Taylor.
This was the first book I’ve read from the author and I enjoyed her writing and creativity. What made this story unique is that it takes place in the faerie and human world. This book has all the beautiful and magical details of the faerie world. Most fantasy stories can be confusing because of the world building but not with The Last Changeling. The author did a great job of connecting both worlds with their common problem of discrimination and stereotypes. There are characters that were so evil you hated them immediately. And there are group of misfits that are strong even though they have been humiliated by their peers. You can’t help but love and cheer for this group.
Even though The Last Changeling has a slow start the action at the end of the story was exciting. I can’t wait to read more from this series!
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