"In a crowded genre, Fairmist carves out its own place amongst the best in our time. With its thrilling plot structure, and complex character development, Fairmist breathes fresh life in the epic fantasy realm. The reader will find themselves captivated by the heroes', as well as the villains', plights throughout the novel. I couldn't tear away from this excellent story."
"Finally. A novel with female characters that kick-ass while demonstrating grace, intelligence and the power of their sexuality. As they guide a fallible yet truly heroic Grei through the adventures of Fairmist, I couldn't help but be captivated. Todd Fahnestock is one of the best of our time. I cannot wait for the next!"
"Fairmist is raw, sensual, and fast-paced. In Fahnestock’s mystical world of floating mountains, sideways houses, and suspended raindrops, conflicting loyalties force hard decisions, and characters must question things they have always believed. Fahnestock shines the light on the fact that good vs. evil is not always crystal clear, and that sometimes, we are our own worst enemies."
"In the novel Fairmist, Todd Fahnestock has created a deftly crafted tale which fans of the fantasy genre will find addictively immersive and truly enjoyable. The story’s splendidly realized characters inhabit a world simply cracking with tension and conflict, and the narrative’s interlocking approach to points of view, with chapters focusing on the main players as they try to keep their mental, spiritual, and yes, quite often their physical balance makes for an exciting read. Fahnestock’s most impressive accomplishment in this book is, in my opinion, the seamless and subtle way that the numerous conflicts and tensions driving the plot forward are in play simultaneously, without sacrificing the sheer fun of a good old, fantastical romp. In this first installment of the story the tremors rumbling beneath the surface promise a tantalizing and bumpy road ahead for Grei and company."
"Up front, I will say that fantasy is not my favorite genre of books—there are generally too many strange names that you are never sure you are really pronouncing correctly. It sometimes is difficult to connect with characters that are too strange—you just don’t get them or their motivations. Fairmist has none of that, and, as a result, is very enjoyable to read. It is easy to dive right in and get caught up in the story.
"Fairmist is a world that is unusual, but not incomprehensible. Todd describes this world so colorfully that I could smell the forest floor of the Wet Woods, see the unique stone bridges in the town, feel the dampness in the air during the Harvesthome masquerade balls, and hear the commotion inside The Floating Stone. Every place in the story feels real. Like Middle Earth, I wish that I could go and see the place for myself.
"Much more importantly, however, Fairmist is populated with characters that are so human, and so believable, that you want to discover their stories. I frequently found myself nodding (or shaking) my head, because I was able to understand the characters and what drove them. It was easy to get behind Grei in his quest to seek answers and fix what is wrong, especially when you know right from the prologue just how wrong things truly are. I was able to feel the sorrow in Adora as she veers back and forth between happiness and duty. I could identify with Blevins who has done his duty and now tries to live with the consequences. I even felt sympathy for a villain who does not appear to be so far gone as to be wholly incurable.
"There is only one problem with the book—I want more now and I can’t have it. I will have to be patient and wait for Todd to create the next installment. I eagerly look forward to finding out what happens next."
"Fairmist by Todd Fahnestock is a wonderful new take on the fantasy genre. The setting is a magical world where people live surrounded by magic that they don’t understand and can’t practice, a part of everyday life, a legacy left them by a lost race of powerful beings. Where did the Faia go and why did they leave humanity to its fate? What are these slinks that terrorize the Thiaran empire now, and why do they require one child sacrifice every month? Questions lead to answers….which lead to yet more questions.
"Fahnestock has given us a briskly paced story that focuses on the characters without getting bogged down in layers and layers of overly detailed world building or the spinning off of multiple, hard to keep track of, plot-lines. His characters are strong and each enters the story with a well established sense of purpose and self. But is that sense conviction based on the truth, or lies? Is everything really as it seems?
"Interesting characters, original villains, and a story that illustrates the fact that good and evil are not necessarily black and white, but exist with many shades of gray in between. Good people can do evil things: out of fear, or for love, or because of lies.
"Fairmist is a thoroughly enjoyable read. I look forward to the sequel."
"As an avid Fahenstock Fan, I am always excited to read anything with his name attached. This was no exception. #Fairmist leads the reader to question what they are told and the reality which surrounds them. When betrayal and illusions are looming, Adora and Grei cling to love. Their connection is born when they were children who still grasped onto their dissolving innocence, so pure that the reader has no choice but to cling to it as well. Watching the characters grow and evolve while fighting their desires in hopes that their sacrifice will lead to the greater good was my favorite part of this story. This is an amazing tale that wraps up leaving a longing for the novel to continue on."
-Sara Fisher Poppe
"I haven't read high fantasy on a regular basis for many years, but “Fairmist” took me right back. The Thiaran Empire is a world as well-crafted as Le Guin's Earthsea or Guy Gavriel Kay's Fionavar. But something is rotten in Denmark, and Thiarians must sacrifice their children, the Debt of the Blessed, to keep the mysterious, demonic slinks from resuming their war upon the kingdom and slaughtering the people. It's treason to even talk about the Debt, much less question it, but our hero, Grei, is not the type to just let this injustice stand without question, and is therefore known as a troublemaker to both friends and family. His journey from delinquent to getting caught up in a very old prophecy to save the kingdom kept me up late reading more nights than I care to admit. What are the slinks, and why was there a war with them? Who is Adora, really? Is Blevins just a town drunk who talks too loosely about the Debt when in his cups, or someone more sinister? What is the Whisper Prince, and why is he the last great hope of this empire? I just had to know how it all turned out."
"Loved it, it held my interest and I can’t wait for the sequel!!Long live Grei!!"
-Mary Ann Littler
"Fahnestock's first solo work is very good. His writing is crisp and tight. His story-telling is fast-moving and exciting. He creates characters that are deep, compelling and evolving throughout the story as the action unfolds. No character knows who anyone else really is, and some don't even realize who they are or what they can be. The world of The Whisper Prince is fascinating and makes for irresistible reading.
"These reasons alone would be enough to earn Fairmist a high recommendation, but fortunately there is more.
"Fahnestock digs deep into the very best tradition of the speculative fiction genre and asks elemental, human questions: What are we prepared to do to survive? Are we willing to live our lives cowering in fear? Dedicate our entire lives to a desperate cause? Are we willing to sacrifice the lives of others? Are we prepared to sacrifice our own life, or the lives of our own children? These are engaging questions wrapped up tightly in a fast-paced adventure. I enthusiastically give Fairmist a five star recommendation."
"I read novels for the immersive world I get to explore. The wondrous strangeness, the thought-provoking nuances, the creatures and places I’d never even find in my dreams. Fairmist unfolds a richly-nuanced world that delights my senses, feeds my daydreams and upends my disbelief. And it does so in such a heartfelt and charming way that I feel right at home amidst the raindrops that hang suspended in midair while flying hares circle above - just your average Faiaday on Clapwood Street in the sacred and seedy town of Fairmist.
"And the story of young Grei who may not know where he’s going, but, by the Faia, he knows what’s right! There is much to be learned from this young man who stands on his convictions in the face of his society’s constant and brutal disapproval, in the face of a secret society bent on determining his destiny and even even in the face of the madness that consumes all who dare to question the Debt of the Blessed. And Grei is just one of the inspiring, dastardly, heart-wrenching characters you’ll come to love in Fairmist.
"This story entranced me and I’m itching to get my hands on the next one to unlock more of its secrets!"
"You won't have to find time to read Fairmist, you will make time to read it. From the first Grei chapter to the last Adora one, you are sucked into a world that you never want to leave. This is unlike any other fantasy novel - with its twists and turns, captivating characters and mind-bending creativity, it is a must read!!"
"I was completely blown away after reading this book. I was immediately hooked within the first couple pages and I had a hard time putting the book down! Fahnestock’s words paint such a beautiful picture of the scenes and characters and I got completely lost in the world he created. By far the best book that I've read in a long time. It's a must read!"
"The best of Todd Fahnestock's writing shines through in the tightly-written, richly-woven, compelling world of Fairmist! Fahnestock’s strength lies in creating characters who will make your heart sing in a land you would yearn into existence, and Fairmist is no different. In a few short pages, you will fall in love with a beautifully strong character in an impossible house, only to have your heart deeply wrenched at the injustice of fate. He will create a scene so simple, so pivotal, that – even if its significance slips through your fingers – the whisper of it will be heard in the heartbreak and devotion of two people in need. The novel is riddled with heroes whose battle cries, death keens, and spirited vows ring in your ears long after the book has ended, making you damn happy it’s only the first in a trilogy. Enjoy Fairmist. Revel in it!"
"I loved this book! The story was gripping and extremely well written. The characters were well developed, and there were unexpected twists and turns that made it hard to put down. The story alone was fabulous, but the metaphorical themes about what drives us as human beings were what had the greatest impact on me."
-Jennifer Atler Fischer
"In Fairmist, Todd Fahnestock has created characters and a story where things are not always what they appear to be. The progression of events makes the reader question what they think they know, not just about the story itself, but about basic moral premises like what is good and what is evil. I eagerly awaited and anticipated the revelation of the next twist. I was already a Fahnestock fan, but Fairmist has elevated my appreciation of his writing and ability to entertain and captivate readers."
-Jessica Meltzer Bearak
"As you enter the world of Fairmist, author Todd Fahnestock reveals it to you layer by seductive layer. You are not thrust into the world, but led gently by thoughtful characters with depth and strength. The alluring bravery, deception, and most of all love, affords readers to get lost in the dangerous swirl that is Fairmist. Give it a read...I assure you, you won't be able to put it down!"
-Jenny Fitts Reynolds
"I have been lucky to have known the author, Todd Fahnestock for many years and have enjoyed discussing his ideas for the adventure into Fairmist and now it has come to life! Having read hundreds of books in the fantasy genre, I must say that Todd has entered into this arena with an original and exciting story. His debut of Fairmist is a fast-paced epic fantasy novel that introduces multiple, intriguing characters, a creative story line and some unpredictable twists that will surprise the reader and leave them wanting more. Todd masterfully runs parallel story lines during the book which do not disrupt the flow of his main characters or detract from the plot. He has done very well weaving his supportive characters in and out of the action and leaves the reader anxious to learn their story. I strongly recommend this book to all readers (not only those that primarily have interest in fantasy) and feel that they, as am I, are anxiously awaiting the next journey to Fairmist, or to wherever the adventures of Grei, Adora and Kuruk will take us."
-Dr. Eric Albright
"This book is fantastic! I was nervous to start reading a series before it was completed (GOT frustration!!), but this book was worth it and more. The characters and storyline draw you in within the first few chapters as you meet each character and I enjoyed every page all the way to the last. The characters are well developed and actually make you care if they live or die. They don’t fit into easy categories of good and evil, but make you question what you think you know at every chapter. I wasn’t left frustrated at the end, but instead am eagerly anticipating book number 2. It was an enjoyable read, with several great twists in the plot. I would recommend this to anyone that’s looking to enjoy a fantastic fantasy story. Once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down!"
"I found the enticing story of Fairmist weaving through my emotional body as the characters displayed the polarities of goodness and cruelty, compassion and betrayal, discipline and disregard for life itself: how innocence is sacrificed to support a fear-based reality and how the Whisper Prince chose to defy the authorities by following his heart even when he felt unsure and vulnerable.
"Beyond the qualities of courage, clarity, strength, and discipline lies the magic of the Faia, whose sole purpose is to hold the vision of truth and beauty. Without them, all would be lost.
"You will not want to put this adventure of unpredictable outcomes and expanded possibilities down until you finish it."
"I loved Todd Fahnestock's Fairmist. He quickly encourages the reader to "suspend their disbelieving" and accept the surroundings and characters as normal, allowing us to easily be pulled into the story. Grei and Adora, Kuruk and the Emperor, you love them or hate them....or both. I eagerly look forward to the next two Whisper Prince books. There are a few books that I set aside in my bookcase to be re-read again and again. I believe this series will find it's way to that shelf."
"Fairmist is captivating from beginning to end as Fahnestock creates a realm of intrigue, lore and enchantment that you won't want to put down. The world of Fairmist enfolds before the reader so vividly it's easy to lose oneself into the story of Grei's altruistic mission, and the interweaving characters that accompany him or try to impede his quest. I can't wait for the second book."
"In Fairmist, Todd Fahnestock has created a world and a mythology of massive and ambitious scale. This is no cut-and-dried morality play between good and evil. The twists and turns and timely revelations will have you wondering who the good guys really are. Some fantasy authors are good at creating worlds. Some are good at creating characters. To find one who is a master at both is rare indeed. Don’t miss this one!"
"The imaginative world of Fairmist draws the reader in from the very first page, from the brutal Debt of the Blessed to the beauty and the imagination of the Lateral Houses. Fairmist does a wonderful job of showing the worst of human nature and the best of human nature. What are the lengths that we will go to in order to get what we want? How do we stand up to stop atrocities that are happening around us? Fairmist constantly makes you wonder on which side you have the strength to stand."
"Fast-paced and engaging, Todd Fahnestock's Fairmist depicts a story of magic and passion, of unlikely heroes and tiny forest goddesses, set in a world so richly painted one almost feels the droplets of Fairmist on one's own face.
"From the opening scene, Fahnestock's Fairmist transports the reader to a richly painted world. The story centers on Grei, a young man touched by magic, enraged at his people for allowing the monthly sacrifice of one innocent citizen to appease an evil that threatens to destroy them all. His quest to understand and to stop this "Debt of the Blessed" comes at great personal cost."
"Reading Fairmist is like going on a fast-paced adventure to magical places with good friends. The story is at turns exciting, poignant, heartrending, breathtaking, funny, and above all fun. I loved sharing difficult decisions with the badass, sexy, smart Adora, rubbing elbows with Blevins at The Floating Stone, dancing with Ree, and growing wise with my impetuous hero, Grei. The quick dialogue, the powerful villains, and the complex plot kept me turning the pages, but it was my relationships with these characters that made this book difficult to put down and impossible to forget."
"Be among the first to discover Todd Fahnestock, one of the best new authors you will find today in any genre. Fahnestock’s ability to create unique and unforgettable characters is a true gift. Enjoy this wonderful and entertaining ride, but be sure to budget some time because once you start, you will not be able to put Fairmist down."
"Once you've started this book you'll be ready to pledge your life to the Ringblades (An all girls club of kick ass warrior women who serve the Emperor, for better or worse.) Two more chapters in an you'll slightly regret your overhasty decision, (warrior women may or may not have been harmed in the making of this novel.) They may not be on the "good side" of the hero scale but, they can dance like a dream and kick like a mule.
"While the Whisper Prince is bumbling about in the forest trying to save the world and learn how to use his newfound powers, the womenfolk are turning the wheels and guiding him towards the light...and I like that, I like that very much."
"Fairmist is captivating and a must read. From the first word to the last you are constantly yearning for the next page, the next twist in the story. Each chapter takes you on an ever changing adventure that challenges your mind, questions you moral line, and teases your every sense. Fairmist has rich and intricate characters that are woven from many types of characteristics that are intriguing and shocking. Powerful women, noble men, misunderstood villains and spiritual undertones of fantasy, nature and the unknown all wrapped into a story line that is unforgettable. The prolog is the rubber band of a slingshot stretched back to catapult you into a mesmerizing adventure of love, pride, betrayal and moral measurement. You will find a love for each character individually on merit but Blevins is by far my favorite throughout the entire book. His character has such clarity and depth."
"Fairmist is an epic tale of bravery, fortitude, love and deception. The author seamlessly brought to life a mystical world of deadly slinks, seductive Ringblades and beautiful Faia, and I could not believe how vividly every scene played out in my mind. The story is full of twists and turns that keep you on your toes, and once you pick it up you will not be able to put it down again."
"This richly woven tale introduces the reader to strong female warriors - each guided by her own sense of duty and perseverance. The hero is mentored by these fascinating women who manipulate men using their sexuality as well as their intelligence."
Within the Thiaran Empire, citizens put on jeweled masks and turn away from those who are taken. As long as one child is sacrificed each month to the Slinks and nobody interferes, their society will thrive.
But seventeen-year-old Grei’s mind is alive with treason, and he plunges into the heart of a prophecy that will drive the Slinks back to their fiery dimension. All he must do is travel to the capitol city and sacrifice another innocent.
As Grei wrestles with the prophecy and battles those who would kill him, he hurtles toward his final decision: save the empire, or save his own soul.