Birth of the Fae by Danielle M. Orsino | Review

I haven’t read a lot of fantasy over the past year, but was drawn to the plot of Birth of the Fae: Locked Out of Heaven. I liked the concept of Angels turning into faeries and I’m usually drawn to origin stories. This novel offered an interesting story about new beginnings and hope with several fantastical elements.

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Ride on the backs of fire breathing dragons with the Dark Fae and watch the Light Fae play in the shadows of primitive humanity as they build their magical world.

Abandoned by their creator, two factions of powerful angels remain on earth after the Great War with Lucifer. They struggle to comprehend their Creator’s plan while their angel wings, a symbol of their angelic lineage, slowly and painfully decay. With no hope of returning to the Shining Kingdom, two groups of angels denounce their angelic lineage and develop into separate factions – the Court of Light, led by Queen Aurora, a former Virtue Angel, and the Court of Dark, ruled by King Jarvok, a former Power Brigade Angel. The two monarchs have opposing views on how to govern their kin, but the one belief they agree on is that human worship equals power.

Birth of the Fae: Locked Out of Heaven is an epic fantasy adventure of heartbreak, rebirth, and hope that examines the bonds of family, friendship, and love.  It is a fantastic tale of good vs evil in a beautiful world, where the Light Fae and their potent elemental magick are tested by the raw power of the dragon-riding Dark Fae warriors.

I was provided a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Angels have been cast out of heaven after a battle with Lucifer. They were given no explanation and find themselves left on earth unaware of what to do next. Leaders rise among the angels, they begin to create new societies and transform into other beings. In time, humans arrive and the fae must decide how to ingratiate themselves with humans.

Birth of the Fae felt like your typical book one in a fantasy series. There was a lot of world-building and character development. There was a slower pace to the novel as we learned about how the societies were formed, the structures of government, and the different types of fae. Ironically this spans generations, but time is lost. Even so, tensions were building that will probably continue in the following books.

This story mainly follows two characters, Queen Aurora and King Jarvok, each representing the dark and the light. We see each kingdom develop and grow, however it would have been nice to see more of King Jarvok. He is left out for almost half the book and then the climax happened. I wanted to learn more about his side leading into the ending but instead got a very quick overview.

I liked that this novel plays with the idea of dark and light, or good or evil. Neither kingdom is calling themselves evil, but their actions often toe the line. There were religious elements introduced and I wonder if that will carry over or be more prominent in future novels. I found it intriguing that the fae battled themselves about their past and present lives, struggling with faith and limitations.

Overall, I enjoyed Birth of the Fae. This was not a long book, which you often find in fantasy, and easily read over a weekend. There was a lot going on towards the end of the novel and I’m interested in how it continues because the possibilities were left wide open.

About the Author

Danielle M. Orsino is taking on her biggest challenge to date: the debut of her fantasy novel, Birth of the Fae: Locked out of Heaven. Expanding her love of writing and exploring the world of fantasy novels, she delves into the realm of fairies and retells their origins from a completely new perspective. Orsino has a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science and is an LPN with a special interest in Lyme disease research. This novel was born from her long treatment sessions with a patient who asked her to tell him a story for a distraction, which sent Orsino on a journey longer than she had anticipated. Orsino has been widely recognized for her influence and experience in the martial arts realm, training for over 20 years and with over 500 tournament wins, and accumulating national and world titles. She has performed for former President of the United States Bill Clinton and has been featured on “Soap Talk, Fox Five news CBS, TLC, and E!. With this experience, she worked as a Fight Choreographer on “Wonder Woman: Balance of Power” and has worked with the likes of martial arts legend Vincent Lyn and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Find out more about Danielle at her website, and connect with her on Instagram.

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