Rating: 3.5 stars
The Kindling of GreenFyr is the story of Owen McInish, an awkward fourteen-year-old bullied at school and friendless except for his pet cat, Piper. That is until a snow leopard is chased through the woods behind his house by three huge gray dogs with glowing green eyes. Owen saves the leopard from her pursuers, but the animal escapes him as well, only to return later. The cat’s behavior is peculiar, nothing like a wild animal, making Owen even more curious as to its origin. Eventually, the cat allows Owen to pet her. Owen finds himself experiencing friendships as he has never before. Adventures as he has never imagined. And political intrigue as two worlds, long separated, begin to collide.
The Kindling of GreenFyr was a great tale set in a vivid world filled with all the creatures of fairy tales. It had almost a Lord of the Rings-esque feel to it. When I picked it up, I had NO idea what to expect, but it turned out being fantastic! I simply fell in love with the world and characters. All the characters brought something different to the table. I love Aiya – she was a strong elf maiden and totally interesting! I also loved Winter – he was such a great character. One character I would’ve liked to know more about was Lilian, the witch queen. You hear only a little from her – and I would love to know more about her and the role she plays. Boone was another character that was just great! He just brought the story to life.
The plot was very unique. It was definately one to keep you guessing what would happen next. I loved the Vrok – it was such an interesting creature.
My only issue with GreenFyr was the length. It was a book with a great plot, but it was so long! At times it caused the book to drag. It seemed there was a bit too much description at times, and that took away from the book overall.
I really like the cover. A snow leopard in a forest just has an awesome appeal and illusion to it if you ask me.
The end really picked up and I had trouble putting it down! The ending sets the stage for an amazing book 2, and leaves readers begging for more!