Publishers: Harper Collins
Release Date: 30th April 2009
Laurel has always lived as an ordinary girl - but now something is happening to her. Something magical.
In this enchanting tale of magic, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.
Wings isn’t like any fairy story I’ve read before. These fairies were traditional Tinkerbell-like fairies that are nothing like those of Holly Black and Melissa Marr.
The fairies were the delicate, ethereal creatures that I imagined as a child and the Flower Fairies that my Nan loves. They are beautiful, seemingly fragile and have subtle magic that live hidden away from prying human eyes. I loved the traditional fairy lore; it was very different to the dark, dangerous world of Faery that I’m used to.
Old human myths, legends and stories were twisted and shaped to fit Aprilynne Pike’s tales of the history of her fairies. The stories of King Arthur, Merlin and Shakespeare’s King Oberon were among those that were woven into the story along with the mesmerising idea of Avalon. Even the description of the entry gates made me eager to go in. It sounded absolutely magical.
I also loved the competition between David and Tamani that started before they even met. Until Laurel met Tamani I was eager for her and David to get together. Then I changed my mind. Why is it that the magical un-human guys always win? They set the bar really high for normal guys! My only complaint about the characters in Wings is Laurel’s perfection. This really annoyed me until I got to know her better and she started to have some difficulties to deal with. That’s really mean of me, isn’t it? Oh well.
I thoroughly enjoyed Wings and I hope that Aprilynne Pike writes a sequel. I want to see some more of Avalon. And Tamani.