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The Birth of the Fae: Book 1 Locked Out of Heaven – Danielle M. Orsino

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If you follow my social media accounts, then you know that I’ve become completely obsessed with aviation as of late. 

That doesn’t mean that I’m neglecting my reading though. 

I love all things aviation related, but if you’re on an airplane for more than 30 minutes in cruise, you likely need something to entertain yourself. That’s where the Entertainment In Flight portion of this site comes into play. 

My first love was, and always will be stories. For that reason, I will continue to always be reading, watching movies and tv shows (I love the Mandalorian a lot), and playing (usually handheld since you can use them on a flight) games to give you reviews of the best entertainment while you’re flying.

The latest book I’ve read for your entertainment review is The Birth of the Fae by Danielle M. Orsino. 

Plot

I’ll start this out with saying, I’ve never been super big into books about fae, fairies, gnomes, and the like. This is mainly because I always thought those were girly books back when I was a youngster, and I wanted to be a masculine manly man as many little boys do. 

Plus, I had an older brother I absolutely had to impress by reading the same books he did. 

Ironically, I thought it was super cool to read the Harry Potter books and Lord of the Rings, shoot, I even read tons of other fantasy books that were popular at the time. 

The irony lies in those books being still inspired by the same original lore.

But then I gave this book a read and had an absolute blast.

It totally flipped my idea of what “fae” was on its head. I always thought fae were a fancy way to say fairies. Well, for The Birth of the Fae, that is not the case. Fae in this world are actually angels that got rejected from entering Heaven. The novel starts with an angel kind of complaining to God for not allowing a whole host of former heavenly beings back into Heaven. 

She was a Virtue Angel which meant that she had an elemental power and was tasked with preparing the Earth for humans. 

Then we are introduced to another sect of angel known as the Power Angels that were essentially used as soldiers to battle Lucifer and his army. 

As the book continues the reader sees both types of angels form into two different societies on earth. The Virtues create the Court of Light led by Queen Aurora, and the Power Angels create the Court of Dark ruled by King Jarvok. 

The entire novel encapsulates the problem of having opposing views to the same problem of what feels like an absentee father that won’t acknowledge you. It gives two different routes of rule and how they deal with the issue.

As always, I need to stop now before I give too much more away.

Review

First off, I really was surprised by this book. Initially, I thought I wouldn’t really care for it because Fae had a negative connotation in my head. 

Orsino really planned out everything. She somehow packed so much worldbuilding into such a short novel. 

There is the old saying that what you read is just the tip of the iceberg but the author has the rest of the iceberg laid out in their notes to create their story. 

This is extremely obvious for this novel. The Birth of the Fae gives just enough information to make the reader realize there is so much more going on than the small portion of what they read. 

Typically, when you get a book to review it’s because it was rejected by publishers. When a book is rejected by publishers, there is usually a reason why. Because I’m a bit of a pretentious reader, I typically find those reasons and agree with the publisher’s rejection. 

The Birth of the Fae stands out as one of those novels, that is thankfully becoming less rare, that is a very good indie novel. 

Orsino caught my attention with deep lore, which I love because it usually has deeper meaning behind it than most people would expect. She then kept my attention by creating a unique experience of what the world is. 

Orsino did so much that was incredibly interesting to me. She made the Virtues and the Power Angels as the original polytheistic gods before them coming to the evolution of monotheism. 

Then I don’t know if this was intentional or not, but The Birth of the Fae deals with some heavy topics. It challenges how people deal with loss, how people respond to what seems to be an absentee father, the feeling of being the second favorite of the kids, and the appropriate way to lead. 

The downside of this book is that it implies that being a male is inherently bad. There are virtually no good male characters. They’re either bad guys with the Power Angels or total idiots working in the Court of Light with the Virtues.

The writing is very engaging, but sometimes it was extremely formal dialogue that was broken up with oddly modern tidbits. I could see a younger audience appreciating this, but it felt weird to blend the two like that. 

Regardless of these flaws, I am very anxious to see where the series will go. I am very excited for the next book to come out. It was a pretty quick read, but it kept me very engaged. I would recommend this book for sure.

Follow the author on Instagram @Birthofthefae_novel for all the updates for the Fae.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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