"Do you know what the difference is between a fairy godmother and a witch?"
"Not a goddamn thing."
Fairies and dragons are real, and live alongside giants, goblins and trolls. Fairy godmothers exist. The woodsman, that one from the story books? Yeah, he’s real too. They’re all out there, living in the world, right under your nose.
But they’re not alone. There’s another side to the coin. Witches are real. Monsters are real. Things that slither through shadows and bite at your skin are real.
This is a very good First Book. It's a good read if you aren't squeamish, and has important undertones on good vs. evil, and the temptation of the darkness. For reasons I won't go into here, I totally related to the themes of this book. But the action scenes, while proving a point of the story, seemed to be forced a majority of the time. DeWolf seems to do very well with the action scenes when seen through the eyes of a character, but when describing a scene on its own falls a little flat.
Highlight to see the Spoiler: "For example, the Final battle seen through Anastasia's eyes was a lot better than the hospital fight scene."
Overall, I feel like some more character development was in order. Anastasia was well rounded, but I think Gayle and Mary honestly had the potential to be the greatest love story of all time, if we only knew more about them together. I liked their personal origin stories, but all we got as far as their relationship was that they attended weddings together when they helped a royal out.
Even Sabre and Mr Woods got more development than they did!
In short, not for the squeamish or the modest, but I'm interested to see how this author develops.