Miles is not exactly a total positive character, he is whiny, depressed and also a bit arrogant; due to the economic downfall, he lost his white collar job in the big city and he is not back home, living in a trailer and continuously saying how much better his life was before, that he doesn’t deserve such fate, and maybe even thinking that he is better than the people around him. He is only lucky that he has really good friends near him, and not like those in the city, who promptly forgot him as soon as he is no more “one of them”.
I don’t know if the fate wanted to award or punish him, but Miles finds himself involved in an adventure with fairies, beasts and dark lords. In and out of a sleep that sometime is dream something is nightmare, Miles falls in love with Harry, that I think is a similitude with Miles’s actual situation: Harry, the beast, is Miles’s today life, simple, good and sincere, even if maybe not so nice and shiny, while Terris, the fairy, is what Miles left behind. And indeed, when he is first faced with the choice between Harry and Terris, Miles chooses Terris, since he is more beautiful, more alluring, even if Harry was offering love, and Terris instead was offering lust.
Miles’s adventure will be totally involving, a bit naughty, and plenty moving, but to me has never reached the point I feared for him; I have always felt like the happily ever after was possible, and that in a way of the other, Miles would be able to understand what is really important in life. Maybe since, after all, all this fantastical adventure happened in the back door yard.
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Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 7, 2010)
Cover Art by Anne Cain