Frey (The Frey Saga #1) by Melissa Wright


Frey (The Frey Saga #1)
By Melissa Wright
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages: 260
Genre: Fantasy


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

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49 thoughts on “Frey (The Frey Saga #1) by Melissa Wright

  1. “There was nothing among Frey and Chevelle’s travels that warranted or commanded my full attention.”

    Ouch! I would most likely have dnf’ed this – you are obviously a bigger person (and responsible blogger) than I 😉 Sorry it disappointed. I know we shouldn’t judge, but it’s such a lovely cover.

    Here’s hoping the next one is much more enjoyable 🙂

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    1. I felt terrible writing this haha, but I never fudge or lie. Honesty is what I am for. To be fair, the author had a fantastic concept, but it just felt like she failed to see it through. Maybe the next book will take it and run with it? I probably will not know though. Thank you so much!

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  2. It SUCKS to see wounded characters fall flat. Wounded characters have the potential to be great and relatable because everybody feels the weight of their own problems. Worldbuilding is nice, but character is essential. A story needs to have heart before it’s given muscles. That’s my take, at least.

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  3. Great review for a book you didn’t enjoy. Eurgh, timid action and importance, Nah, we need proper action, importance and even if the author is setting the scene for the series we still need some even if it’s only slight payoff in a book.

    I’ve seen Frey on the UK free Amazon fantasy list for a few years now, I may even have it unread on my Kindle, definitely staying unread now.😀

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  4. Hi Danielle, sorry the book fell flat for you… what you said–> “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.” resonates with me so well and you put it into words perfectly. I have felt like this about books before but wasn’t able to put it into words…crazy right? And there you were, hitting the nail on the head… Brilliant review! I love the analytical ‘voice’ and entirely acceptable reasons as to why the book didn’t work for you!

    On to new and more gripping reads! 🙂

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    1. Thank you always Liz! I struggle with writing the less favorable reviews. It is hard to sum up disappointment properly and respectfully at times. I never want to attack on author, but sometimes the work just doesn’t connect with sadly. But yes, onto the new 😘

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  5. What a shame it didn’t work for you and credit to you for reading until the end. I used to do this but recently DNF’d a few although I felt guilty as hell! I’m never sure if it’s harder to write a review for a book you didn’t like or one you fell totally in love with. A great review Dannielle, honest and constructive with the positives pointed out xxx

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    1. Thank you so much! I need to learn to just let go and DNF more. I am so stubborn. Tough one. Raving reviews can sometimes be just as hard as the negative for me, but it can be even more difficult because I am always looking for some positive to point out in a less than stellar review. I sincerely appreciate the great feedback 😉🖒


  6. What a shame. My first thought was that I could identify easily with Frey “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.” :-). Pity it didn’t pan out the way you expected it to. Good review of a lesser book though!

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  7. It sounds like Frey had a lot of potential that was never really explored, it’s too bad! I liked your description of Frey at first, it promised an interesting character, so I’m disappointed to learn it did lead to more from her. Great review!! All of the points you made are coherent to explain the low rating and I totally agree with you on how this story did not work. I probably would have felt the same!

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    1. I believe this may be a series that really grows with future books. This felt like an introduction of sorts, but you have to reward readers with more for their time. I almost feel picking up the second book would be wise, but I cannot bring myself to do so ❤

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  8. Oh no smh, I was actually rooting for this one lol. I agree with you though, I’m also ako with a protog starting off on the weaker more vulnerable side but if they’re being put through the ringer then by the end I’d like some redemption as well! lol.

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    1. Same, I am driven to complete titles. Especially if they are on the shorter side, I feel guilty if I do not tough it out. Haha, maybe this is something I need to learn to let go and DNF at times. I have only done so twice I think.. life is too short.

      I truly do think this may be a case of poor execution. I feel like the author spent so much time setting everything up in the first book that she neglected to actually provide any real ‘action”. So future books may be better. I am just not sure I am committed at this point.

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      1. That is possible, to much set up but if it were me don’t do that on the first book. That’s when you are trying to catch your audience. I’ve come across more second books that end up being set-up for the third. Continue if you’d like but I stopped reading books I didn’t like once I graduated haha….Unless I need to know how it ends.

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  9. Excellent review ! I hate when a book is so slow it takes great effort to pick it up and continue. I’m reading one of those right now and it’s pretty much agony to have to try to gain some interest. I was on such a roll churning out reviews in like a day and a half -then I hit a snag which is going to set my schedule back in getting my TBR books done on time. I do so hate to give up but its not fair – maybe it’ll get better?

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    1. I am learning to accept that it is ok to DNF. I have a horrible problem with it, but now I find myself realizing life is too short with too many books. I have this weird rule of thumb that 20 to 25% and you should be engaged. Best of luck. I hope your future reading is better 🙂


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