Bound Fairy by Lorain O'Neil - SPFBO7 book review

Write on: Sat, 05 Jun 2021 by  in Janelle's Reviews Read 1805

I have mixed feelings about this book. I'll say from the outset that I'd never pick up a book such as this, simply because I'm not a fairy fan, and also not a fan of forced servitude where the "slave" falls in love with the captor (think Beauty and the Beast). This story, although I mostly didn't enjoy it, has some redeeming qualities to it. And I'm sure it will be more interesting to others than it was for me. So I hope people do read this review and pick it up if it sounds like their cup of tea. 

Bound Fairy follows the story of Urre, half Orphic (fairy) and half human. We find her at a Calming House, a place where females are sent to be broken down and then sold to the highest bidder. This world we find her in is in disarray; females have mostly been driven to extinction. Most humans blame the magic of the mysterious fairies, while the fairies claim it's something much more mundane. The humans burn a certain type of rock for energy, and the theory is that the excess of these rocks has messed with the DNA in men, so that they can only produce males. The way humankind has survived it mostly by cloning. There is a humanoid species called bordettes who produce eggs, that when mixed with a man's blood, produces a clone. It's all very strange. On the one hand, the science - especially cloning - didn't really seem to fit with this world. Even the fact that it was called cloning - a very modern term and idea - threw me a bit, especially since it involved the subjugation of a different species. The way the author seemed to excuse it was that the bordettes were quite tame and opposed to violence. It didn't sit well with me, however. 

Urre is bought by Jozef, a clone himself, who is determined to treat her well and love her. However, this also didn't sit well since the beginning of their relationship started with him owning her. But i digress. Jozef messes with a master plan - he wasn't supposed to be her buyer. She was meant for someone else. Kippin, the leader of the fairies, and a Vezerine woman, Liotheca, have determined to destroy the fuel rocks and make men able to produce females again. And Urre was the key to their whole plan. For across the world is a society that is powered by steam. And quite by happenstance, most of this society's men have been killed off in war. So on one side, you have only men, and on the other side, mostly only women. 

The book follows this plot, and only Urre can destroy the mine that produces fuel rocks (for various reasons that don't necessarily bear explaining). In this process, Urre falls for Jozef, they have rollicking sex, so on and so forth. It was all pretty cut and dried. 

What I did enjoy about this book was Kippin, who was an intriguing character. I wish we had spent more time with the fairies and learned more about their culture and magic. However, the story sticks mostly with Jozef and Urre in the human world. 

This book wasn't for me, but those who enjoy captivity-to-love, fairies, and don't mind male-dominated societies who prey on the weak, then you might like this one. 

Last modified on Saturday, 21 May 2022 15:41

By day Janelle is a nurse, mother to two autistic sons, and writer. By night, she's immersed in other worlds. Reading fantasy is her happy place. And drinking wine. And eating tacos. 

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