Take the story of a young woman trying to cope with adolescence and the traumatic death of her mother, bring in the magical
world of the fae, and you have The War of Odds, another 5-star winner from versatile author Linell Jeppsen.-
When 16-year-old Sara Giddings moves with her father to Washington state – both of them trying to start over following the loss of Sara's mother – she soon discovers that their new home shares a tenuous boundary with the realm of the fae. More than that, Sara learns that she is, in fact, a witch – a good witch, endowed with an immense, untapped power to heal.
She is also the hope of the fae world, the one chance to heal Timaron, king of the Unseelie court, who has become demon-possessed and, in his madness, has declared war on the human world.
Aided by her human friends Nate and Chloe … a wise and elderly cat, Hissaphat … the wood-sprite Pollo … and Muriel, a wood nymph … Sara sets off on a mission into a dark and deadly world, her only weapons the powers that she has only recently discovered she possesses.
I fell in love with Jeppsen's writing when I read Onio, a romance involving what – before I started the book – seemed to me the unlikeliest of “leading men”: a Sasquatch. Jeppsen pulled off the impossible in that book: she made me fall in love with her “Sasq.”
In War of Odds, Jeppsen demonstrates her versatility, handling adventure, friendship and the discovery of true love in a setting where magic comes in shades of light and dark. It's a great book for young adults – but with a lot of appeal for us older adults too.