Books by O.R. Melling

Released: May 1, 2009

The sequel to The Light-Bearer's Daughter (2007) and the last in The Chronicles of Faerie again features Dana Faolan, a teen living between two worlds—the land of her Faerie mother and the human world of her father. Born in Ireland, transplanted to Canada, Dana feels lost. Tragedy strikes when a mysterious force closes all portals between Faerie and Earth, and it is up to Dana to find a way to restore them—or each world will die. Twice as long as its predecessor, this is a stronger effort with a better plot. Unfortunately, it still remains a bare skeleton rather than a living, breathing tale. Muddled and conflicted, it mixes multiple languages and references both historical and arcane. Characters are not crafted so much as they are lists of adverbs and adjectives. There is no doubt that Melling is knowledgeable and deeply enthusiastic about all things spiritual and environmental, but what's lacking here is the skill of a storyteller, making its length a shameful waste and a sad end to a series that began with promise and discipline. (Fantasy. 10-15) Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2007

Melling returns to The Chronicles of Faerie, where each installment stands alone. As in the other outings, the story focuses on a young girl on a quest. Dana Faolan was born and bred in Ireland, and loves her life there. Only the loss of her mother, who disappeared long ago, makes her life incomplete. Dana never gives up hope that her mother will return. When her father is forced to take a job in Canada, she fears she has to search for her mother before they leave, or risk never finding her. She's offered the opportunity to find "her heart's desire" by a strange young girl she meets in the forest—if she will take on a quest to wake King Lugh of the Wood, to protect the world of Faerie from a perilous threat. Melling's love of both Ireland and Faerie ring clear as a bell. Unfortunately, much of the story is less clear. The dialogue swings between the modern and the archaic, with a muddled plot and an ill-defined threat that perhaps deals with environmental conservation. Readers who loved Melling's earlier works will read this one out of loyalty, not enjoyment. (Fantasy. 13+)Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2006

Fans of The Hunter's Moon (2005) will enjoy this next installment. Featuring a new cast of characters, the crux of the plot remains the interaction between faerie and humans, and the dire consequences that attend those who cross the line between the two. Laurel and Honor are identical twins, different in personality, but as close as only twins can be. When Honor plunges to her death from the Irish cliffs, Laurel cannot help but feel responsible. Unable to shake her guilt, or be reconciled that it was an accident, Laurel sets out to find out exactly how her sister died. It isn't long before she realizes that Honor did find the faerie she'd always believed in, and that it's now Laurel's turn to take up the quest to save this hidden kingdom. Driven across Ireland by her own needs as well as those of faerie, Laurel races against time to find and free The Summer King, to save the realm of faerie and maybe even to bring her sister back from the crack between the worlds. A story about duplicity in many guises, the fight between good and evil, right and wrong, honor and fidelity, it can stand on its own. (Fantasy. 10-15)Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2005

Against a detailed backdrop of Ireland new, old and very old, friendships form, adversaries become allies and romance blooms as an ancient evil demands its due. Hitchhiking around Ireland, Findabhair and her American cousin Gwenhyvar daringly roll out their sleeping bags in a barrow at Tara—and Gwen wakes up alone, her companion having accepted an invitation in the night from Finvarra, Faerie's king. With both magic and mundane help from a succession of friendly strangers, Gwen pursues the seelie court to get her back, a mission that turns particularly urgent when she learns that Findabhair has really been taken as a sacrifice to Crom Cruac, a monster driven from heaven even before the time of the elves. But Finvarra has fallen in love with his new consort, as she with him, and so Gwen suddenly finds herself gathering a band of modern-day heroes (plus one immortal) to defy the looming, evil Worm. Pausing only for lush descriptions of the landscapes and food in Ireland and in Faerie both, Melling opens the first US edition of her trilogy on a strong note, with a tale, romantic on several levels, that culminates in a heavy sacrifice. (afterword, pronunciation guide) (Fantasy. 11-13)Read full book review >