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I began to read Elfland, having previously read Freda's Blood Wine Trilogy and at first it didn't appeal as much. I thought it may be written with a younger audience in mind, a kind of Harry Potter meets His Dark Materials. We meet Rosie, aged 9, then again aged 14 and we learn of 'fylgia' which at first reminded me of Pullman's'demons'.
I'm really pleased I kept reading as it rapidly became much more interesting as Rosie grew older. There is so much depth that a short review can hardly do it justice. I liked it more than Pullman's Northern Lights etc. The characters are so real, though they live in an extra sensory reality. Other reviews have criticised the story for being either too much focussed on day to day happenings, or having too much fantasy. The author cannot win here as different readers want different things. For me the mix was just about right. I like day to day life being coloured with otherwordly sensitivities and Freda Warrington does this so well. The description is amazing as if she actually visited these places, felt these things. It just blends and doesn't feel false at all. For me, this makes this genre an ideal escape from reality which is what I'm looking for when I turn off the TV.
The idea of 'fade' and 'Spiral' took me back to the 'Crystal Ring' in the Vampire stories, though I stress for those who don't like vampires, there are none in Elfland. It is a complete story, and I understand that the next book in what will be a trilogy has different characters living in the same worlds. I've just bought it and I'm looking forward to reading it.