Glimmerglass is the first book in the Faeriewalker series by Jenna Black. It was published by St. Martin’s Griffin on 1st July 2010 and the book is 304 pages long. The second book in the series, Shadowspell, was released on 3rd February and the third book, Siren Song, was released on 8th August.
Dana Hathaway doesn't know it yet, but she's in big trouble. When her mother, an alcoholic, shows up at her voice recital drunk, Dana decides she's had it with playing the role of her mother's keeper, so she packs her bags and travels to see her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the magical world of Faerie intersect. Dana is a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds. She has always known that her father is a big-deal Fae, but what she doesn't realize is that she could be the key to his rise in power. When she arrives in Avalon, Dana finds herself a pawn in the game of magical politics. Avalon is a place where both magic and technology work, and humans and Fae coexist in something resembling peace. How can she change the winds of fate, find a boyfriend, and make new friends when she's not sure who, if anyone, can be trusted?
What I thought
This book had been on my wish list for a long, long time before I finally got around to buying it and I only wish I hadn’t waited so long now!
I immediately felt sorry for Dana. Her mother is an alcoholic which means Dana has a lot to handle on top of school and music. I could completely understand why Dana felt like she couldn’t cope anymore and why she felt like she had to run away to find the father she had never met. Having that much to deal with is a lot for anyone let alone a teenage girl. Although she has a nice, strong voice, Dana is a bit clueless at times. She hasn’t had a lot of life experience or experience with boys so makes some quite silly mistakes at times. These did provide a few giggles from my end though. Dana is far from weak and refuses to let anyone walk all over her, especially when she goes to Avalon and everyone around her tries to be ridiculously controlling. She wasn’t having any of that at all!!
The whole book revolves around the fact that Dana is a Faeriewalker, someone who can travel between the human world and Avalon. I didn’t completely get why this was such a big deal though. As soon as Dana finds out that she is a Faeriewalker, all kinds of bad things begin to happen around her due to different people wanting the power over Avalon. I understand that having Dana under their power will make a difference to whoever succeeds with this but I didn’t really understand what is so amazing about what she can do. Some of this is explained quite late on in the book but not fully. I hope that this is explained a lot more in future books of the series and for Dana to show what she can really do.
Of course, there is always a hot boy. This time, there are two and not in your conventional love triangle kind of way. Ethan is the seriously hot fae boy who is trying to help Dana, kind of. He is rebellious, just like Dana, and has some immense power behind him. Ethan is charming, cocky and thinks he is God’s gift but honestly, I can see why he acts that way. He certainly has the looks and the power to back it all up. Even though he acts the tough guy most of the time, there is also a sweeter side to him. He knows how to try to make up for things when he messes up and he can admit that he makes mistakes along the way. Then there is Keane. Keane is not really a love interest (at the minute) but I’m thinking that he could be somewhere down the road. As Dana’s fighting instructor, he is seriously built and knows how to handle himself. He has a bad, I don’t give a toss, attitude which I loved! Although he doesn’t get much page time in this book, his character holds a lot of potential and I pray that he is focused on more in another book.
The descriptions of Avalon and the diverse range of characters who lived there were described extremely well. So much time and effort has been put into creating Jenna Black’s Avalon and I truly thought of it as a real place. Well, for the most part. I’m not so sure about it being on top of a mountain in England just outside of London but hey, I guess Avalon could really exist just about anywhere. Not only was the world building fantastic but also its background. The difference between Earth/ Avalon, Seelie/ Unseelie court and who can do what magic and who cant sounds extremely complicated but really, it is all very simple to understand. Black has done such a good job of creating everything else around the plot.
My only real problem with this book is that so much happened in such a short space of time. As this is a series, I would have preferred if some of the events had been spaced out a little more of if things had been explained in more detail. That being said, at least with the next two books in the series being released already, I can hope that these issues have been addressed and that a lot more is explained. I cant wait to read the other books in the series and to find about more about Avalon and what will happen there.