Saturday, August 26, 2017

YA Fantasy Review: The Frey Saga by Melissa Wright



Frey (The Frey Saga, #1)

Frey by Melissa Wright

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


2017 Review: 

I first read Frey when I discovered the Indie novel sensation. At the time it was priced FREE, as it remains today. I dove into Frey and fell in love with the characters and was intrigued by Frey's mysterious past and Chevelle. As they journey, Frey and Chevelle pick up a team of Avenger Elves as I like to call them, each with a specific set of abilities they bring to the plate. All of them agree Frey is important and to be protected at all costs. Because not only does she not remember her past, but her own family seems to be hunting Frey, just like they hunted her mother. The truth leads her on a quest of epic proportions. Epic is the word for a story like Frey's, part myth, part fantasy, drawing you deeper into a classical world of dark verses light. Wright brings just enough humor and irreverence to what might otherwise be a droll story, leaving you craving more. Upon this second re-read, I found a much richer prose and complete story. I loved Frey so much I wrote the author for advice on writing my own stories. She was wonderful enough to reply and has remained my favorite member of this community.


2012 Review: 

The perfect indie novel example of "getting it done"! I loved Frey for stepping far beyond my expectations, for fulfilling my wishes for her strong plucky heroine, and for drawing me in deep into a world where elves rule over humans!




Pieces of Eight (The Frey Saga, #2)

Pieces of Eight by Melissa Wright

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


2017 Review: 

Pieces of Eight carries our team of Elf Avengers to the next level in every way. Frey's battle for her mind takes the stage for a large portion of this novel, and is just as frustrating for the reader as our MC. However, as the mysteries of her past unravel, and her relationships with her seven grow, Frey wins us over to her cause. But the real Big Bad, Asher is still on the loose, not to mention Frey's mental Aunt Fannie. It's up to this mismatched band of warriors to renew the balance in the land and help Frey become the Elf Lord she was fated to be.


2012 Review: 

Most sequels fail to capture the spirit of the first novel, and fewer manage to eclipse it. Pieces of Eight flows right in tandem with Frey, the perfect albeit wild sequel. By this point I was still in Frey's story, lost in her quest for her memories. The love scenes were steamy and romantic, the company entertaining and each character manages a life of their own. Now I'm biting my fingernails waiting to see what trouble they'll fall into next, how she adjusts to getting all her memories back and what to do about "the human problem".
Excellent book!




Rise of the Seven (The Frey Saga, #3)

Rise of the Seven by Melissa Wright

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


2017 Review:

Rise of the Seven is just as epic, just as bombastic and just as kick ass as you want it to be. Melissa Wright brings the best elements of Frey and Pieces of Eight, while bringing something new and unexpected at every turn. When you think everyone's safe, another danger appears for Frey and her team of Elf Avengers to overcome. With Frey's memories returned, the strength of her past mixed with the humility of her most recent adventures, she is an unstoppable force to be reckoned with. Lord Asher's manipulations in her life continue despite the Seven's attempts to stop them and bring peace to the North. With the welcome addition of Veil and the Fey, in a very Goblin King entrance, both Dark and Light Elves are thrown into chaos. Will Frey uphold her bargain with the Fey Prince or will it be open war? Destruction and death surround all sides of the conflict, the likes of which may ravage the land and ridding the world of magic forever.


2012 Review:

At last, Wright’s much anticipated final installment in her Frey trilogy has arrived with a bang. RoTS shines in plentiful, often garish colors, pairing the grit with the gumption of a fully matured kick-butt heroine. One of the things I admired most while reading this was the added depth of Freya’s character. With a return of her memories at last, the character is given several new dimensions that all flow seamlessly together. The pages turn like a well-oiled machine, now that we have come to know the company so well, allowing for even more action. The addition of fey to this world was a delightful surprise and only added to the broad spectrum of the world Wright has created. Magic abounds with intrigue and at the heart of the novel is Chevelle’s unwavering love for Freya and their long history together. And in the end, all loose ends are tied and wrapped in a rocking package that you’ll want to pull apart and read over and again.



Venom and Steel  (The Frey Saga, #4)

Venom and Steel by Melissa Wright

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


"I was just a broken girl now, like my mother, and hers before. This was how it started. Emptiness and despair. Everyone knew how it ended."

From the beginning, Venom and Steel throws you back into a theater of elves verses fey, dark against light, & the humans caught in an age-old war. Picking up some time after "Rise of the Seven," we are quickly re-acquainted with the company of characters we fell in love with before. Only this time, the fey are the central threat, with changelings taking advantage of the chaos an old conflict brings about. Stakes are higher than ever and the battle of wits & magic is spectacular. While Ruby shines brightest in this latest installment, Frey finds herself powerless to stop events from unfolding. Veil, the leader of the fey court strikes a bargain with Frey that leaves the kingdoms reeling. As the company is split apart by outside forces, they must learn to overcome insurmountable odds. Old enemies must become new allies as dark and light join forces, and a new threat looms in the horizon that threatens to destroy them all.