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What if a high-tech computer game was a gateway to the dangerous Realm of Faerie?

When a game…

Feyland is the most immersive computer game ever designed, and Jennet Carter is the first to play the prototype. But she doesn’t suspect the virtual world is close enough to touch — or that she’ll be battling for her life against the Dark Queen of the faeries.

Turns real…

Tam Linn is
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 12th 2012 by Createspace (first published December 1st 2011)
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Aug 19, 2016 Jilly rated it liked it
I love anything Fae. The courts, the Wild Hunt, the creatures, the deals and games and bargains. So, when I heard about this YA novel, I was fully in.

Feyland is a video game of the future. It works as a full immersion simulation and we start with our little rich kid playing it even after daddy said no. (Daddy is the game developer and the game is still in experimental phases.) The problem is that this girl is going to actually have consequences for her actions for the first time in her life beca
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

This was a good solid read, and I enjoyed myself immensely. It's basically like Ready Player One for Teens (with faeries and in the future, but no 80's nostalgia). I thought the characters were pretty well done, and the adventure was definitely exciting. I would be interested in reading the rest of the series at some point.
I don't usually like fey stories, and I don't like futuristic settings because most books I've come across seem to about poverty and fighting the evil government and sucky lives of the MCs and so on.The Hunger Games is great, but when other books use a similar formula, it gets old.I was losing interest in YA what with all the fool heroines and their insufferable love interests and lame plots but reading this book reminds me why I love YA books so much.Jennet is a smart MC.She's likable and relat ...more
Ginger *Protégée extraordinaire and Kool-Aid mixer*
Feyland: The Dark Realm

3.5 pleasently suprised fangirl stars

I enjoyed this YA journey into *fangirl*

Not usually a fan of YA but I pick them up everyonce in a while, they seem to permiate the market right now.

If you have ever played an RPG and become far too attached to your character ~hangs head~ you will have a soft spot for this book.
Jannet has entered the forbidden land of FayLand, a computer game her father is working on, and loses more than she barganed for.
Enter Tam Linn (yes I LOOOOOVED
Have you ever played a computer simulated, role playing game for a reeeeally long time and then felt like you have actually lived inside the game? well, that's what happened to Jennet in Feyland, the mystical realm in the top-secret software her father's company is working on.
Jennet snuck into her dads high-tech simulation room to try out the beta version for the game - and after facing and losing to the Big Boss in the questing game, none other than the Queen of the Dark Realm, she begins to re
Marina Finlayson
Jan 24, 2015 Marina Finlayson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting modern take on the old ballad of Tam Lin, in which a man is stolen by the fairy queen.

Feyland is a virtual reality game, the first of a new completely immersive type. Jennet's dad is one of the game designers, so she gets to try the prototype, and discovers that the game is more real than anyone realises. She loses part of her soul to the Dark Queen and gets locked out of the game. If she can't find a knight to champion her back into the game, she will die. So she turns t
Karla(Book Addict)
deleting reviews if you want to take a look at them you can do so on my blog, link on my profile
Christina M Condy
Since I met my husband in a video game I can relate to reality and gaming crossing lines. So when I read the premise of this book I just had to get my greedy hands on it. Well I can say I was NOT disappointed!

The story starts with Jennet who is such an interesting character, her father works in the gaming industry and is responsible for the creation of the best virtual reality gaming system ever created. He brings home the prototype and Jennet of course gets to play. She discovers the game Feyl
Lauren Stoolfire
Feyland is the most immersive virtual reality sim game ever developed and Jennet is the first person to play the prototype since her father works for the company behind it. She had no reason to suspect that the game is real, that the Unseelie Fey are trying to come through into the modern world using VR gaming, but soon enough she's battling the Dark Queen for her very life. In order to get back into the game after being banished with her health slowly declining in the real world, she needs to f ...more
Charli ღ Denae
Sep 20, 2012 Charli ღ Denae rated it it was amazing
I was sent a digital download of 'Feyland: The Dark Realm' by the author, Anthea Sharp, in exchange for a fair and honest review. I'd read the synopsis and thought it sounded interesting but really, hadn't the 'teenagers-being-sucked-into-a-computer-game' plot been done before? What really intrigued me, though, was the mention of the computer game being 'a gateway to the dangerous Realm of the Faerie'. I love fairy tales, especially retold tales, so I decided to go in with an open mind. I try to ...more
Jonel Boyko
Feb 17, 2013 Jonel Boyko rated it it was amazing
Holy Cow! I seriously lack hand eye coordination and any desire to become a gamer, but at the moment, I’m seriously considering it. This story was so excruciatingly real that you need to play the game with the characters. Just wow!

Sharp employs vividly exotic descriptions and locales that catch you right from the get go. This story becomes so real that it is scary. You can actually picture the events occurring and you find yourself picturing what would happen if you were in the characters’ shoes
Rebecca McKinnon
Wow. This book is incredible. I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could. Seriously, buy it now.

I loved the whole premise of the book. A computer game that starts to cross into reality? Um, yes, please! The game, Feyland, is fantastic, and a little too real.

Jennet is such a fun character, and I'm claiming her as my friend. A little self-centered at first (aren't we all?) she learns what true friendship is, and how much it's worth risking.

Tam. What can I say about Tam? He's had a hard life. He know
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at

Thanks to Netgalley and Indie Inked for giving me this book and the rest of Faery Worlds to review.

Jennet is lucky enough to try the prototype of the world most immersive computer game, Feyland. However, she soon figures out that it is not a game, and that part of her soul is trapped in it by the Dark Queen. Jennet must find a person who is better at playing computer games than her to save it and her life. Tam is br
Concetta Phillipps
Oct 12, 2015 Concetta Phillipps rated it it was amazing
I've actually downloaded this book from multiple services (Google Play, Kindle, Nook), and got it in a few anthologies and have been putting it off. I wish I hadn't waited!

I read this book as part of the Future Tense collection. I thought this one was a great use of a female lead character in a fantasy that blends the world between technology and Faerie. The action is fun and interesting, the story moves fast, and yet you still get character development, which is no mean feat. And the male main
Phillip III
Jan 07, 2015 Phillip III rated it it was amazing
My second #NextYACraze read for 2015 was Anthea Sharp's, FEYLAND: The Dark Realm. The book is boasted as an USA Today Bestselling Urban Fantasy novel. And I am not surprised by the claim.

The back cover synopsis reads:

WHEN A GAME… Feyland is the most immersive computer game ever designed, and fifteen-year-old Jennet Carter is the first to play the prototype. But she doesn't suspect the virtual world is close enough to touch — or that she’ll be battling for her life against the Dark Queen of the
Dec 30, 2014 Yaritza rated it it was amazing
Received this book from the author in exchanged for a review. I must say this book was out of this world. I loved it. It was the first book I have ever read that involved a video game or should I say a secret world. It grabbed my attention from the very beginning with the Queen taking away Jennet's soul. It was scary since video games have become a big part of our society and who knows if a video game that feels real and appears in true life can happened. I was so hurt when Tam was taken into th ...more
Oct 30, 2014 Cherri-Anne rated it it was amazing
GAME ON!!! 5 Stars

Overall I loved this series! I can’t wait to read the next ones as well! (NOTE: this review is based on the box set Feyland: The Complete Trilogy) At first I was a little disappointed with the first book – The Dark Realm - because I was expecting a lot more magic and fae stuff. It was still good, just different than how I thought it would be! Which is one reason why I try to not form an opinion of how I expect the book to be before I read it. That being said, I read the book fa
Julianna Helms
Quick reaction: I really enjoyed this one! Very fun and quick read--with lots of good stakes. There were a few parts I felt could've been smoothed out, but overall, a definite page-turner.

Actual, full review: Original is here. (Note: Due to copy-and-paste, formatting and links have been lost.)

With a fresh twist on the faery lore, Feyland: The Dark Realm will slowly find its way into your mind... and your heart.

Anthea Sharp proves that self-publishing does not equate poor quality. The prose of F
Jan 13, 2014 Christine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, teen
I loved this story.

I am not a 'gamer' although I have played WOW casually since it came out. This helped me get some of the game references, although of course the system in Feyland: The Dark Realm went well beyond anything we have available right now. I liked reading the authors thoughts of what technology would be like in the near future. Reading this had me itching to get back online into an RPG world.

I clicked with the lead character Jennet. It wasn't all teen romance, woe is me, I need to
Nov 28, 2011 Scribs rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was kindly offered an ARC for this book and after reading the summary, decided to give it a shot. I'm not a gamer myself but I thought the premise could be interesting. The book begins by introducing us to Jennet--the daughter of an electronic company executive who has access to the latest gaming technology. The world is dystopian, which yes, I know, is being overdone, but I still love it. Jennet has reached the highest level of Feyland, a game that completely immerses the player, body and min ...more
Sheetal Dash
May 04, 2014 Sheetal Dash rated it it was amazing
I love the authors imagination, but she didn't do anything at the beginning to set the hook at the beginning.I am serious.BUY THIS BOOK NOW. The characters, Tam and Jennet, are believable and likeable, with stories and predicaments that you can relate to easily. The premise of the book is fresh and exceptionally well-written. Looking for the best of both futuristic sci-fi and fantasy to make a pretty much flawless novel without making it confusing? A novel that effortlessly weaves ages-old folkl ...more
Jennifer Whitehead
Thank you NetGalley and Anthea Sharp for access to the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

While I am not a gamer, I see the merit of this book for those that are - you have two devoted gamers, or "SIMers" who play in a reality simulated game that serves as a gateway to the oh-so-wicked fey. What a fun, genre-crossing, YA read! As Jennet and Tam seek to conquer this risky prototype simulation game, they unknowingly cross a cultural divide in their futuristic dystopian society and stir up more
Jun 23, 2014 Lauren rated it liked it
When lines are blurred between reality and gaming, Tam Linn discovers that a game can turn into a different realm making him the hero of the show. As his world is turned upside down (for the better) Tam is tasked with helping the rich-girl Jennet pushing their limited in the Dark Realm of the Fairyland.

The world building the author is able to create was fun and inventive with the characters flowing in and adding to the concept. I thought the rich girl, poor boy kind of thing was a little overdo
Jan 30, 2012 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the BEST self-published books I have read. So, so awesome. Hit all my like-buttons and was one of the few plot-focused reads to actually GRAB me in a while. Pick this up, please, if you have the chance - it's so much fun.
Jen Wylie
May 02, 2013 Jen Wylie rated it really liked it
Loved this book. Very well done, excellent story, plot, characters and quite engaging.
Tansie G.
Actual rating 3.5 stars.

I first read The Dark Realm ages ago. I can't even remember when. I wanted to read it again because it's the only book I know of that connects fairytales, gaming, and a futuristic world. And it is done beautifully.

Jennet and Tam are the two main characters and they take turns narrating the story. They couldn't be more opposite-- Jennet is rich and polished, and Tam is... well... not. He lives the roughest part of town, with no support. While this does seem stereotypical
Kristin Ravelle
Jan 05, 2016 Kristin Ravelle rated it really liked it
4.0 Stars!
Wow, this is really a neat book. Written in a succinct, just-enough-of-everything writing style, it had me racing through it. If you’re a gamer and can’t get enough, you need to read The Dark Realm. If you like fey, paranormal, magic novels, pick this up.

When I read the description for The Dark Realm, I loved the idea of crossing magical barriers. I’m not a gamer, but I read exactly for this reason; escapism.

We begin with Jennet’s final game fight with the fey Dark Queen. Jennet loses
Caroline Walker
Jan 21, 2015 Caroline Walker rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Wow I have a lot to say about this book and I have little to no talent for writing. So this might be a challenge to avoid a giant pile of words that don't make any coherent sense. First off I loved this book! It has everything that makes a great adventure story. This book has so many different elements but they each don't overpower each other. Rather all the elements come together to balance each other out for an exciting and captivating book. Don't ask me how the author intertwined fairies and ...more
Jan 15, 2015 Debbie rated it really liked it
Recommended to Debbie by: Anthea Sharp
When I first started this book I wasn't to sure about the writing or the fact that the main character Jennet had to find a champion to defend her. However I continued to read and was pleasantly surprised that the writing improved and that Jennet showed her own heroism.
Also the story was based on an old ballad which the author developed into a fun and unique variation of the story. The book starts with Jennet facing off with the Dark Queen of Feyland in a video game and losing. What does she los
Jan 13, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-read, ebook
I received this book free from BookBub.

Feyland: The Dark Realm is a quick but captivating story of where the world of video games and the land of faerie meet. It is listed at YA, but it is very much a story for younger teenagers. The prose is easy (even though the author doesn't hide from more complex language) and sometimes a little flowery (metaphors are the most common type of descriptive) but the story and the characters are complex. I loved how even a secondary character like Marny was well
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Growing up, Anthea Sharp spent her summers raiding the library shelves and reading, especially fantasy. She now makes her home in the Pacific Northwest, where she writes, plays the fiddle, hangs out in virtual worlds, and spends time with her small-but-good family. Contact her at, follow her on twitter, find her on facebook (, and visit h ...more
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“You're not spoilage," Jennet said. Then she tilted her head,giving him a long,level look. "I think you're fine how you are." A tiny flame of a smile warmed him inside,though he tried not to let it show. "Ok, then. Let's play.” 2 likes
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