On Fallen Wings

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Press: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 22, 2012)
Author Name:McHenry, Jamie


Faeries are supposed to be perfect. 
Rhiannon was.
Her life was.
Then her betrothed disappeared.
She tried to be strong.
She asked for help.
There’s only so much trying and asking will do.
So, she took action.
That’s when everything fell apart.
For seventeen-year-old faerie Rhiannon Phillips, preparing for marriage is supposed to be exciting, but when her fiancé Sean disappears, everything changes.
On Fallen Wings follows the heart of this young woman while she searches for answers and a happy end to a tragic season.
This fantasy novel takes you deep into the timeless traditions of a village with secrets as old as the forest.
There, Rhiannon takes on daring quests, makes new friends—and new enemies, challenges her fears, and is ultimately faced with a horrible decision: choosing between the faerie life she loves, and losing Sean forever.
On Fallen Wings is book one of the Stone Portals series.


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  •     This book was amazing! I absolutely adore the time period it takes place in! I have you to say, though, that the worst part for me, was when her fiancé dies. That was the worst part for me. I cried. Lovely, but sadCheers, to the author! You did a magnificent job at writing this! I would love it If you would create even more books in this series.
  •     Romance novels are not my cup of tea - really. But this one was suppose to be about faeries ... and adventure as well.The characters are fairly real and conversations were good and the plot was interesting ... yet for some reason I finished the book not caring much for it. I still can't place my finger on what it is about the book that felt a little sour, because I can see that most would truly enjoy the book.The faerie part really surprised me, because she isn't a tiny creature with wings - she's as flesh and blood as you and me. So right off, you have to put all of your preconceived notions about faeries, pack them in a box, and forget them. In Aisling, being a faerie is a HUGE honor and granted to only a very few of the women of the village. It is a position filled with love, joy, and secrecy, fiercely guarded by the members of all ages. Rhiannon is one of the youngest. Outside of her betrothed, Sean, it is her other great love and purpose in life. Yet, the faeries of this story are still just as mysterious as their tiny cousins. The author does a wonderful job of weaving the mystery surrounding this exclusive group of women.The setting has a bit of a medieval feel to it, a remote village, Aisling, steeped in tradition and mystery. The story opens the night before Rhiannon's betrothal ceremony. She and some friends have been dancing in the meadow and it is now dark, and we find that a bandit has been raiding the village. It is no longer safe for the girls to be out alone. The bandit continues to play an important part as he shows up time and again to complicate the plot. The opening chapters should appeal to most teen girls who still dream of a dashing prince on a white stallion - and although the horse is a white mare, and the rider only the prince of her heart - there is a definite flavor of true love and risking everything for that love. A love for horses is evident in the text throughout, and these animals are significant throughout the story.The book is written in first person from Rhiannon's viewpoint. It is an interesting place to be, and lends itself well to the emotion of this tale - a begging of forgiveness seems to permeate much of the book - though it is very subtle for most of the book.On their day of promise, both Rhiannon and Sean must ask the other for a token to be performed or found to satisfy a wish to prove their love for each other. Sean's gift is quite attainable, but Rhiannon's gift will require Sean to leave their valley and be gone for a long time - she has asked for a rumor. Of course, her heart is breaking as the full impact of her request impacts her heart. Sean will be away from her, for months, and if the rumors and whispers prove to be false, she suddenly realizes that he may never return from his search. And then, to her horror, he asks his brother to keep watch of her while he is away, a brother that she completely detests.One of my favorite chapters involves Rhiannon's search for Sean's gift. It was my favorite part, as she follows instructions to find a cave on Sean's families land, and like any good cave, it has been used to hide things. She takes two best friends to aid her efforts. Her search is long and dangerous, but successful; however it is very late, and the worry about making it back out before nightfall without falling down any of the cracks in the floor of the cave's tunnels is felt strongly.Eventually, Sean returns with the sought after prize, and their wedding is planned for the Spring. Everything is perfect (Remember that is what the Product Review stated, I'm not giving much away). And... that is when things started to go wrong.Sean is taken and nobody seems to care to get him back other than Sean's brother and Rhiannon. Feelings of disdain and distrust are set aside as the pair try to rescue this man that they both love deeply. The village elders seem to not care and will do nothing. The other faeries are no help either. They are on their own, and when Cael tells her what the cost of Sean's return will be, her heart falls. This is a price she cannot pay. It is impossible, and yet as the days pass on, it is the only option she has ... betraying who she is or loosing her love forever. Time is running out. She makes her choice and the results play out. Can she live with them?This book is filled with raw emotion; it is not so much a story to tell a tale, as it is a look at the human heart and what causes a person to make the choices that we do in life. Rhiannon is perfect, she has everything that she could ask for, and as a faerie, she is happy and joyful and privy to many secrets of her village. After Sean is taken, she is pulled downward as feelings of hate, despair, and betrayal fill her mind and heart. The journey through her thoughts and the choices that she makes are what makes the magic of this story.This is almost a coming of age story, but even more so, it is the struggle of a human heart asked to choose between two equally evil choices, and how that choice's results play out. If you choose evil, can good ever come of it?Now that I think about it, I do know why I didn't like this book. The feelings of despair are raw and real as you see the heart of Rhiannon and as she makes and is forced to face the consequences of her choice. Be sure to have a tissue box handy after the book shifts over to the dark side.
  •     I enjoyed this book so much. The sun shines so brightly on Rhiannon and her family and happiness flows but then the sun goes down on Rhiannon and life changes to gloom. Enjoy her journey to find herself again. You will not want to put this one down. I love a book that is like watching a movie that you don't want to end and this is another one of those. Read and enjoy the adventure!
  •     I just finished this book and lets just say WOW!!! Once I started reading I was instantly drawn in to the story. I got lost in a dream world it seemed like. Each chapter left you wanting to read more. My poor family LOL I could not put my kindle down until I had finished the whole book!!I can't wait for the conclusion to this book. Jamie McHenry is a great Author and can't wait to read more of his books. Keep them coming Jamie!!!!
  •     Great book. I loved that it was mysterious and thrilling. Thanks for letting me read this book. It was awesome.
  •     I chose this book because I was looking for something similar to a series I enjoyed called creepy hollow.
  •     A novel designed for the younger reader, but capable of captivating all audiences. Read it with your child or pre-teen. There are a lot of great talking points!
  •     I loved this book. It was really an easy read and I couldn't put it down. I think it's great for teenage girls but I, as an adult, liked it alot too :)
  •     Just could not fall into the story line. I the book does not take hold within the first chapter I put it down.
  •     Nice "fairy"tale. It managed to be to more than something you read to a child, or a good YA read with the reality being that actions do have consequences.
  •     I finished this incredible book and was so amazed at this new writer. He makes you feel as if you are inside the book and walking right beside the characters. This book is so action packed with so many twists and turns! I can't wait for the sequel and hope it will be out VERY SOON!!! Jamie McHenry has jumped into the writing arena with both feet planted and running. Great book!!! Thank you, Jamie. If you want to read a book you cannot put down, buy On Fallen Wings NOW!!!
  •     Too long and drawn out story line.
  •     I really enjoyed this book! Am thinking seriously about getting the second one. Well done! The author has a gift.
  •     This is the first "Faerie" book I have read and I loved it. It wasn't what I expected at all. Not a bunch of faerie dust and magical happenings. Must admit I downloaded it because it was free. But I must say the last 3 books I have read were free and all where amazing, gripping, "can't put it down" books. Looking forward the next book, From Rising Flames. Thank you Jamie McHenry.
  •     This appears to be the start of a trilogy. For a debut book, I thought Jamie McHenry did a great job of putting together a fantasy world full of life and interesting characters. If I could fault him on anything, he could have used an editor before putting this out. Every now and then it seemed like there was a missing or added word. But it didn't happen too frequently that it made the book unreadable. I liked the premise and the promise that the entire trilogy can hold. His second book just came out and I, of course, picked it up.This story follows a teenager named Rhiannon. She becomes engaged and it is a tradition in this village to promise each other something of worth to make the engagement official. She and Sean make promises to each other and set out to find their gifts. It looks like everything is going to be perfect, until Sean disappears and is being held for ransom. At this point, Rhiannon must choose between holding on to the faerie life she knows and loves or the life of her soon-to-be spouse.
  •     Loved the book! Felt like it was a little slow in the beginning, but towards the end it got really good. Also a little sad, but overall loved it! Really hope there is a second one.
  •     Although I've never been a "fantasy" reader, I was surprised at how riveted I became upon beginning this story. Well done, Mr. McHenry!
  •     at first the story didn't seem to be going anywhere but toward the end I began enjoying the story and looked forward to the sequel which I also purchased and read.

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