Review — Liefdom: A Tale from Perilisc by Jesse Teller
Princes, fairies, wizards, demons—Liefdom brings you into a world where the lands of men, the fae, and Hell clash in an epic story about love, darkness, violence, and destiny.
The day the prince is born in a scene of blood and pain, the first warrior fairy in centuries is born outside of Liefdom, the fairy capital. Shunned by his city, Gentry Mandrake battles with his inherent love for his homeland and his people and the violent destiny he sees in his future to protect his child, the prince.
Far away in the world of men, the wizard Vrice promises to resurrect the son of the Hell who will bring the demons to the world. As the darkness grows it threatens the lives of both fae and men, and the wizard’s students struggle to fight their internal desires in the face of a monster that will surely destroy them all.
This short synopsis cannot possibly encompass the detail and complexity of this novel. From the beginning, the reader is thrown into multiple words and parallel story lines that keep you turning page after page. I was enthralled by the authors imagination and the peek he provides into his vision of a fantastic world.
I loved the vision of a fairy being born with each person in the world, who changes as they do and dies if they perish. The descriptions of Liefdom and the surrounding world are beautiful. Similarly, I came to truly hate the wizard Vrice while falling in love with his two students, and the demon Braid is truly disgusting. But the characters lacked a certain depth outside of what they provided for the story and it was sometimes hard to relate to their strong beliefs when we had only vague descriptions of certain aspects of their internal thoughts.
That being said, it is possible for there to be too much going on, and that was the case for the first half of this novel. So many characters, races, and worlds are introduced so quickly in the first 100 pages that it can be hard to keep track of them all. At times characters were described but no name was given, or a name was given but visualizing them was left up to our own imagination. I had trouble understanding the motivations and emotions of the characters and felt like some of the feelings were forced, because we didn’t have time to truly get to know them. I felt like I was being rushed through a story I would have preferred to take my time understanding.
Overall, Liefdom provides a creative story, but one that I would have preferred to spend more time in. The level of detail and imagination were impressive and I was excited to see how it would all turn out, but I want to read the same story in a book twice as long.
Reviewed by Jessica Sherman