Fey by C.S. Feldman

Fey by C.S. Feldman
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (52 pages)
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Nessa Donnelly never expected to see her estranged and eccentric father again, but a phone call summons her back to her hometown and to the hospital in which the elder Donnelly lies in a comatose state for which his doctors have no explanation. Bit by bit, long-buried family secrets emerge, and Nessa begins to realize that those secrets were kept hidden from her for a reason.

She also realizes that there is something in the woods behind her father’s house that he never told her about, something that can’t be explained.

And she is also not as alone in his house as she thought she was…

Some parents keep secrets from their adult children, but most of those secrets aren’t quite as big as the ones that Nessa’s father has been keeping from her.

The beginning caught my attention immediately. I can’t remember the last time I read a fantasy tale that involved the main character visiting a sick, elderly parent in the hospital, so I was keen to see how the author would weave everything together. As nicely written as these scenes were, they ended up setting the stage for even better ones later on in the plot. I only grew more excited about Nessa and her father’s unusual property over time, and it all began with the very first paragraph.

There was one part of Nessa’s backstory that I would have liked to see more attention paid to. The narrator described it in a way that didn’t completely mesh with what I’d already learned about her and her father’s personalities. It was a small discrepancy, and I still enjoyed this book quite a bit. Had it been better explained, though, I would have chosen a much higher rating for it as I was really impressed with everything else in it.

The plot twists were incredibly well done. While I was able to pick up on many of them ahead of time, this didn’t make me relish them any less because of how carefully the author embedded the clues about what was happening into this story. They were so subtle that I could have easily overlooked them, yet once I noticed them they made perfect sense.

Fey should be read by anyone who is in the mood for something that is full of surprises.

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