Series: Songs of Magic #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Size: 194 pages
Availability: Paperback, Ebook
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Jason plays guitar in a teenage garage band called the Assorted Zebras, but they have no fans, no gigs, and they’re going nowhere. Even worse, Jason has a crush on their lead singer, but she doesn’t seem interested in him at all.
Then Jason steals instruments from the fairy world. Soon the band is enchanting crowds, and Jason is a step closer to the girl of his dreams, but the new gear is brimming with dangerous and destructive magic they can’t control.
Their shortcut to success has cost a troupe of innocent fairies their livelihood and turned Jason and his band into enemies of the powerful Queen Mab, who sends supernatural bounty hunters to track them down, including one of the most dangerous horned creatures in Faerie…a small unicorn named Buttercake.
When looking at Fairy Metal Thunder, you can tell what to expect from looking at the cover art. Obviously it’s a young adult novel about fairies. We follow the human protagonist: Jason. He’s just a regular teenage guy in a garage band with a crush, that is until the goblin steals his mother’s necklace and he races off into the night to get it back and ends up following him into the land of Fairy where mortals are strictly forbidden. This is where it gets colourful and oh my god it’s so vivid. It’s like.. that first room Willy Wonka takes the kids into in the original film. While following Grizlemor, our resident goblin, Jason spots a group of fairies and other types playing the most ethereal music and while humans dance along, entranced. So he does what any failing musician would do. He steals their instruments when they go on a break and the story explodes from there, taking the colour and life of Fairy with it.
We then have to deal with Grizlemor living under Jason’s bed after failing to fix the problem he’s to blame for by stealing back the instruments, and even giving Jason advice on how not to cause havoc with them. Jason and his band tear down buildings and whip up a frenzy amongst their listeners. “The music wasn’t just entrancing, it was addictive, and everybody who heard it seemed to lose their minds a little.” And, of course, the poor fairy band try desperately to regain their instruments with the help of an elf and his unicorns. I have to say: I did not see that coming!
However this is not a perfect novel. Sometimes I felt a little awkward around the dialogue and relationships between characters, as well as a small lack of character development, but it didn’t feel as though it mattered quite as much with the style of the novel being so fun and quirky, if that makes sense. Fairy Metal Thunder, flaws and all, is a quick and whimsical read that would be perfect to read on a sunny afternoon or for some light relief after a long day.
The Songs of Magic series:
1. Fairy Metal Thunder
2. Fairy Blues
6. Fairy Luck