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Title: Faye and the World’s End
Author: Nicole Bailey
Publisher: Independently Published
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Adventure
Publication Date: April 27, 2021
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CW/TW: Genocide | Brief Images of Violence | PTSD | Prejudice | Alcohol Consumption | Bullying | Sexual Harassment | Parental Loss | Homophobia | Death | Referenced Sexual Assault | War
You should have spoken up for them, and you didn’t. That’s where you were wrong. You chose to be silent, and you, of all people, should know that the prejudices of a certain race do not extend to every being.Faye
Faye and the World’s End Synopsis
There is no escape from the storm that’s coming.
After last summer’s battle, Faye resents the reverence shown to her and wishes to blend in. Yet, to the Ether, she’s a beacon of hope.
As the heavy clouds of war roll in, that hope is needed more than ever.
When Typhon’s forces unexpectedly wipe out an entire race, the stakes rise higher than ever before. It falls to Daron and Faye to form necessary alliances and prevent their world from being crushed under the lashing fury of mayhem.
The drums of war have sounded. Death will show no mercy as it claims the fallen. To save the Ether, a sacrifice must be made. Can Faye protect all she holds dear? Or will she pay the ultimate price for leading her world into a battle it can’t win?
Faye and the World’s End Review
Faye and the World’s End is the third book in Nicole Bailey’s Faye and the Ether series. After the events of Faye and the City in the Sea, this story follows Faye and Daron as they continue to try to find a way to beat Typhon’s and Heracles’ plans of war. With this comes the realization that they can’t do it alone and they need others. The group then finds themselves reaching out to other species to have them join the fight against Typhon. This leads to tensions and stress as these species have many perceptions, prejudices and ideas about what the other species are like. Faye and Daron have their work cut out for them as they navigate what it really means to bring the beings of the Ether to unite and work together to protect both the human world and the Ether itself. But this means convincing and combatting many long held beliefs and prejudices about many species…
Faye is grappling still with leaving the human world and the trauma that she has from the last year, including the loss of someone close to her. She relies heavily on her friendships to get her through and within some of those friendships something more continues to bloom. She also is trying to sort out who she is after the reveals in first two books. Faye is so strong and I love that she hasn’t lost her sass or lost her compassion for others despite all she has gone through. Daron is still himself. He feels the pressures of being in a cross-species relationship and the pressure of leading a group of elite warriors. He longs for the world after the war where Alec and him can just lead normal lives, not in some warriors’ camp. He is still fighting with the council on every decision and he relies on Alec and their love to help him see the right way through. Although Faye and Daron don’t always make the right moves in the eyes of others, they both try to do what’s best. After all, doing the wrong thing for the right reason is still wrong…
Nicole does a wonderful job writing and bringing in all these topics to a place where some heavy discussions happen and it causes the reader to reflect on the real world. The world of the Ether and the species within it keeps getting bigger and more vibrant. The world-building is truly amazing. The character growth is amazing looking through from Faye and the Ether to now. While some of this story feels complete after this book, I am excited for where this story may go from here.
I would like to thank Nicole Bailey for sending me a free copy for my fair and honest review.
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About Nicole Bailey
Nicole Bailey is a writer and reader who loves young adult, magical realism, and the occasional rom-com. She writes YA fantasy and published her debut novel (FAYE AND THE ETHER) in Fall 2020. When she isn’t writing she loves to hike, kayak, bike, or garden. She lives with her three children and her husband in South Carolina.
Faye and The Ether Series
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