Bonners’ Fairy was a really interesting book for me to read because it takes place just minutes from where I live. I thought it would be fun to imagine this town as a magical sort of place–a place where fairy tales come to life. I was not disappointed.
Bonners’ Fairy takes place over the course of many years, and skips in time and from one dimension to another. It begins with Zeb Bonner and his wife, as they travel across the country by wagon and eventually land in Bonners Ferry. They are the first founders of this strange and wonderful town, and they begin a life together. Their joy eventually turns to heartache when their two children get stuck on a ferry on the Kootenai river, and Zeb ends up losing both of his girls and his wife to the river’s current when she tries to save them.
The book shoots forward in time to the present day, where a new family is moving into the now elaborate estate of Zeb Bonner, who disappeared over a hundred years ago without a trace. There are rumors that the estate might be haunted, but that doesn’t stop the twins Haley and Henry from exploring and enjoying their new home.
The book then takes a very interesting turn, as it switches dimensions and shows the realm of Roan, a hidden fairy land that exists parallel to reality as we know it. Sersha and her brother Valian are prince and princess of this realm, which exists in such a way that time there passes very differently from our own. There are portals all over Bonners Ferry which lead to this fairy world, and both good and bad humans have fallen into them over time.
While exploring their new estate, Haley ends up finding a necklace that belonged to Zeb’s wife before the river accident, a necklace which is the key to finding and entering the portals to the land of Roan.
Roan is my favorite part of the book, because it is described in such a way that I want to live there myself. This land is so beautiful, so magical, and I feel like it is something from a dream. Rubies are as common as sand in Roan, and inanimate objects come to life and obey when you ask them nicely to. Baths draw themselves, animals aren’t killed for food (though you can still eat bacon and other “meats”), dishes clean themselves, and houses grow when you have guests over. There are fairies, pixies, brownies, trolls, and more in this magical world. Even the humans can grow wings and fly if they drink a potion, and change size at will!
But not everything is rainbows and happy endings in Roan. There is a darkness, an original evil that lurks nearby, and this evil has taken hold of Zeb, who in fact has found his way into the portal, disappearing all of those years ago in search for his departed wife and children.
It is in their time of greatest need that Sersha, the fairy princess, sees Haley and recognizes that she is tied to this land in ways that they can’t quite understand. Only Haley and her brother can help pull Zeb out of his darkness before it takes over completely.
All in all, I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
There are a couple of improvements I would love to see that would make this book soar even higher. The main detail that bothered me is that there weren’t breaks between paragraphs to indicate the passage of time. For example, one chapter has Haley falling asleep, then it shoots outside to describe a menacing shadow lurking nearby. The next sentence describes Haley waking up the next morning. There is a lot of that in the book (I think that the entire sequence of Zeb and his wife traveling cross country, settling down, and having kids all passes without a paragraph break) and it makes it sometimes hard to follow.
That aside, I don’t feel that it was a big enough of an issue to take even a single star away from a very well written and enchanting book. The book has a time for a happy ending, then teases the reader by ending on a sudden cliff hanger.
I can’t wait to find out what will happen next in this series!!
Holly has a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science and owns a small business with her husband selling fleece and hand-spun yarn. When she is not spinning yarn, she does freelance work as a graphic design artist and is highly involved in animal rescue.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Elizabeth Patterson. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.