Author: Leonard D. Hilley II
Often the smallest unexpected surprises garner the most demanding dilemmas, which proves to be the ordeal that entomologist Ben Whytten faces. While netting butterflies to add to his vast collection, he mistakenly sweeps what he thinks is the most spectacular butterfly he has ever seen into his net. Upon examining his catch, Ben is horrified to discover he has captured a faery and shredded her delicate wings into useless ribbons.
Devastated, Ben vows to take Shawndirea back to her realm, Aetheaon; but he discovers that doing so places their lives into immediate danger. To get to Aetheaon, they must pass through a portal rift deep inside the haunted cavern, Devils Den.
Once they cross the rift, Ben enters a world where mysteries, magic, betrayal, and power struggles await. He must adapt quickly or die because Aetheaon is filled with enchanted creatures and numerous races where chaos often dominates order. And since Shawndirea’s destined for the throne of Elvendale, opposing dark forces plot to prevent her from ever reaching her kingdom again. The faery’s magic isn’t enough to fully protect them, so he must trust other adventurers to aid them during their journey.
Entomologist Ben Whytten accidentally cpatures a fairy in his net, and this is the beginning of an epic quest to bring the fairy, Shawndirea, back home. Home is another realm, named Aetheon, filled with dreadful creatures all trying to seize power, from zombies to witches.
The writing style is engaging, the characters are well thought out, especially Ben and Shawndirea, and the plot offers quite a few unexpected surprises. Highly recommended to anyone who likes epic fantasy.