A young woman attempts to save a faerie realm in this otherworldly fantasy.
Maintaining a modest but stable business selling vegetables at a market stand, Emma Cameron has all the trappings of a normal adult life. But when things in her quiet town of Oakham start to go eerily wrong, beginning with the mysterious death of the local blacksmith, she faces the astounding but unavoidable truth that she is not wholly of this world—and that malicious entities from the beyond have set their sights on her. With the help of Trevelyan, an odd but benevolent faerie, she comes to realize that she is not only part supernatural, but that she is the last living warrior in a group of four, dispatched to the Earth by a council of the faerie realm in an attempt to save Earth from sinister spirits hoping to make it their own. Charged with the task of assisting Trevelyan in his endeavor to save the rulers of Gorias, the High Faerie city of Air, from destruction as they remain confined in the likenesses of dolls, Emma seeks out a precious, powerful sapphire capable of solving the predicament. But she’s thwarted by devilish agents—among them, incubi, succubi and the wealthy Giles Kingsbury, a satanic pedophile into whose blood-riddled and sadistic rituals Emma and her cohort are eventually drawn. With this first book in the HeartStar series, Thompson reveals in arresting detail all the components of Emma’s strange new reality, from the environment of the faerie realm to the grotesque terror of the demons who seek to obliterate it and Earth. All the while in this fast-moving, playful novel, Emma confronts not only a chaotic future but an uncertain past as she discovers the role these malignant forces have played in her life.
A satisfying start to a phantasmagoric adventure for fans of occult fiction.