Author: Stephanie Void
Publisher: Silver Glass Press
Halfway is a short novel, presumably the first in a series, about magical Twins. They are half fairy, which is a rare and potent mix. They live with their fairy mother on a remote isthmus, seeing no one as they grow up. A few days after the boy’s talents manifest, a ship appears and the boy is abducted and taken to a school for wizards. His sister and mother’s attempts to reach him, manifest the girl’s talents but fails to rescue the boy and ends in tragedy.
Ten years later, the girl finds a way to leave the isthmus and goes in search of her brother. He, thinking her dead and that he had no where else to go, had remained at the wizard school, but now he faces a nasty test by tutors jealous of his abilities.
It’s such a short book, that there’s little to say about it. I read it in one enjoyable sitting, but I felt that it would have benefited from a slightly fuller treatment.
The characters only just emerged as fully fleshed characters for me near the end. The story, though well enough told, is flawed in that, even though she thought she was on an island, the girl never in ten years searched for a way to get off. I find that somewhat unbelievable. How did she live there alone from the age of 10 to the age of twenty? Then, after seeing no one her whole life, a random man comes to steal the fruit she lives on and she leaves with him as if she has been desperate to leave for some time. It would have been much more believable and would have strengthened the girl’s character a great deal, had she found a way off and made the trek herself. The boy could also have made an earlier escape attempt and failed.
There were some interesting surprises and challenges near the end. The story concludes well and sets us up nicely for the next instalment.
If you’re looking for something good to read in one evening, then this is perfect, but I’d recommend having the next instalment ready to go, because as it is, it’s very much just the start of something.