Frey (The Frey Saga #1)
By Melissa Wright
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Frey’s life is a lie. She doesn’t remember being bound from magic. She didn’t intend to get entangled in Council business.
But she did.
And now she’s on the run. As the Council trackers pursue her, Frey discovers a world beyond their lies. With the aid of a stranger, she fights to reclaim her true identity before the others hunt her down. If they find her, she will burn.
Frey is a mere 260 pages in length, yet it has taken me an entire month to actually complete. That mere fact speaks enough within itself. This book was slow-paced and to be honest, uneventful. I approached it with full optimism. I maintained that hope for about 25% of the reading experience. Then it dwindled much more rapidly than the story was unfolding.
Frey is an elf that has never quite found her place. She lacks the magical abilities of her peers and seems to hold no true social skills. She is awkward and isolated. Her mother passed leaving her with an aunt who appears to despise her and exhibits this through her abusive attitude.
Upon the decision to seek out answers surrounding the elusive past of her mother, Frey finds herself unintentionally uncovering secrets of the Council. Now she is on the run with her new and questionable mentor Chevelle. She will learn to harness the powers she was unaware of and uncover the truth. But sometimes the truth is not always what we hope.
I encountered multiple issues with Frey. The first being characters. This was not due to lack of development, because they are developed. There is an abundance history and background provided within the story. We learn of our heroine Frey and her mysterious past throughout the course of our reading.
There is a great and sad loss of potential in Frey though. She is an outcast. Her past is shrouded in secrecy, and she finds herself fleeing the only home she has known. All of these elements have the ability to create a strong protagonist. But she simply is not.
Frey is meek and timid. She lacks self-confidence. In the beginning this is acceptable. She has been abused and neglected. I followed her journey expecting to see her hone her newfound skills and grow into something more. I needed redemption for her. I was seriously disappointed. Her progression was lackluster at best and almost spiritless.
Chevelle and the supporting team that we are introduced to, present little more than tragic back stories and the occasional magic trick. I couldn’t wrap my head around the thought of constructing such sorrowful pasts if the reader was not going to be rewarded with some form of grand retribution. I believe the author was setting the stage for this with the first book, but I require more from my invested time. I need some gratification during my intitial encounter.
The moments of “action” and importance were timid compared to that I have come to expect from fantasy. The world construction became tiresome and repetitive. There was nothing among Frey and Chevelle’s travels that warranted or commanded my full attention. My interest slipped too often and too easy. Scene after scene read as the previous. It began to blur together losing any true significance.
I will admit the writing was smooth and easy to follow. While too slow for my tastes, the pace was very consistent (although this may have been one if the biggest downfalls for Frey). There were some truly original ideas that began with unlimited possibilities, but fell victim to poor execution or lack of. I was left with a less than memorable result that read more as an introductory novella than an actual book. I wanted to love Frey, but I was unable to. This might be a story better suited for those who seek a fantasy read that is on the simpler and lighter side. Unfortunately, those were not my expectations.
⭐ ⭐ 1/2