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The Reviled

(The Dark Fey Trilogy #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  157 ratings  ·  65 reviews
In the mystical realm of Jyndari, a relationship blossoms between two unsuspecting yet kindred souls.
Ayla, a Light-loving Guardian of Childfey, hides more than a few secrets-ones which isolate and set her apart from the rest. Yet Ayla's veiled confidences entice one who lurks in the shadows. Silent and watchful, this dangerous presence knows all too well the secrets she
Paperback, 174 pages
Published March 29th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published April 24th 2014)
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Jina Bazzar
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story very much – the ultimate war between dark and light, good and evil, and how things aren't always what they seem to be.
Ayla is a powerful fae of the light, her abilities rare even among her peers. She was kept isolated growing up, being trained to use her abilities and become a guardian. The author gives us an introductory insight of the background fairly early on in the story, so when I started reading, I had a good idea of how each side, the dark fae and the light fae, work
Aug 28, 2020 rated it liked it
A 2.5 stars rating rounded up to 3.

This book conflicted me. First time I tried to read it, I struggled and didn't finish. This time i reached the end but I'm not sure yet how to feel about it.

A better review is coming, I just need some time to fully form a consensus on it.
Cynthia Morgan
Jun 26, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
As the Author of this book I can tell you a great deal about it, but I should prefer that you dive into the story and formulate your own opinions. What I CAN say is that Dark Fey, The Reviled is currently receiving 5-star reviews on Amazon/Kindle. You can access these reveiws for free through my author page at: http://www.independentauthornetwork.c... as well as a free preview and interviews I've done about the book and my writing.

This story is the first book in a planned trilogy and I have been
Driven by characters filled with the charm of the Light Fey and the brutal force of the Dark Fey, once again, the battle between the light and dark is fought for love under the poetic care of Cynthia A. Morgan. Dark Fey: Reviled is the tale of the kind and caring Ayla, of the light fey a she struggles to maintain the secret of her special gift, making her insecure, unsure of her own worth and awkward in social situations. Feeling she is being followed or watched, Ayla discovers someone in the sh ...more
Morana Blue
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark Fey: The Reviled by Cynthia Morgan

I don't recall having ever read a Mystical Fantasy story before and, for sure, I've never read a Mystical Faerie Fantasy - so I had only a vague idea of what I'd find there and no idea, really, of how I'd react to it.

What I discovered was a tender love story - through and around which raged a fearsome and wholly relentless battle between, literally, Light and Dark.

Ayla, a faerie of the Light, is a gifted empath whose compassion is so deep-seated and endurin
David Edwards
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Lords' Resistance Army meet the Flower Fairies

Underlying all Dark Fantasies are epic struggles between the forces of good and evil. There are usually allegories swimming around somewhere. But the expression "We're in favour of virtue and against vice" is abstract and devoid of opportunities for nuance. So authors blur distinctions, make elements of the struggle tribal, appeal to Yin-Yang notions (good contains the seed of of evil and vice versa) and focus on the concrete. Different authors m
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michelle by: Cynthia Morgan
DARK FEY will take you on a roller coaster ride into two separate worlds – the one of the Light Loving Fey (fairy) and the other of the Reviled Fey or the dark world. Ayla of the Light Fey, who was prepped at the Temple to be a Guardian, is bestowed with a great gift of speaking and hearing with her mind and of taking others’ pain. She protects the childfey from the Dark Fey who steal them away from their families. Marden, also of the Light Fey is a Celebrant with extraordinary powers, as well. ...more
Lana Campbell
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very intriguing tale about fey creatures. In this story there are feys of the light and feys of darkness also called the reviled due to their evil ways and the fact they abduct and torture fey children of the light. The story is about a reviled one named Gairynzvl who was abducted as a child from the light fey. He is seeking to be delivered from this awful kingdom of darkness by a beautiful shefey named Ayla. Ayla is a light fey with the gifts of telepathy and empathy uncommon to normal light ...more
Connie Lacy
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Who knew I’d really like a novel about light fey and dark fey – a battle between good and evil. We experience that battle through the eyes of Ayla, a beautiful light fey with certain empathic powers, and Gairynzvl, a tall, red-eyed, dark fey with huge, barbed wings, who turns Ayla’s life upside down. There’s romance, galloping action scenes, mystery and magic. The book is written with a lyrical style and the pacing of an action/adventure novel. It’s the first in a trilogy, and while the ending i ...more
Callum McLaughlin
In many ways a traditional story of good versus evil, this fantasy book reads like a dark fairy tale, with the author's poetic flair shining through clearly.

The world was interesting, the characters likable and the story whimsical, making for a fast, charming read.
Didi Oviatt
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you’re looking for a Fey fantasy book with a well rounded blend of good and evil, all warped into one climatic adventure… then look no further than The Reviled, by Cynthia A. Morgan. It’s the first book in a series, and I look forward to reading the next books in the set! This author has been on my to read list for some time, and now that I’ve dove in, I’m a little disappointed in myself to have taken so long to pick up one of her books!

The characters in this book are well developed, especial
William Stuart
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve had my eye on The Reviled (Dark Fey Book One) by Cynthia A. Morgan for a while. I added it to my TBR list and it finally reached the top. Read on for thoughts on this epic fantasy novel!

Synopsis (from the author):
Ayla has an exceptional combination of magical gifts: empathic telepathy, discernment, and the gift of healing.

Gairynzvl was abducted by The Reviled at the age of seven, and suffered cruel neglect, abuse and deprivation - a process designed to turn childfey from the Light.

Now, fift
Brienne Dubh
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welcome to the world of the Fey and the mystical realm of Jyndari.

Alya is a light Fey who has special gifts. Tutored as a child at the temples by the elders of her kind she has never quite fit in with the regular fey and finds it hard to socialize with others except for her one trusted friend. Alya chooses to use her gifts as one of the Guardians by protecting the clildfey form the ever present threat of the dark fey.

Alya is introduced to Marden who is a light fey that understands and to a degre
E.M. Bosso
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As a lifetime reader of the fantasy genre I'm always on the lookout for a new author to follow. After reading the posted reviews and luckily having the opportunity to actually speak with the author thanks to a shared connection in an online book club, I took the plunge into The Reviled.

I would like to preface my review by stating that I'm going to review it as a Young Adult Fantasy Romance novel which is slightly different than my genre of choice. I understand the sequels are more adult oriente
Carol Phipps
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
THE REVILED (Dark Fey Book 1) by Cynthia A. Morgan is the first book I have read by this talented author, but I can assure you, it won't be the last. Beautifully written, this highly imaginative tale held me enthrall from the first to the final page and left me longing for more.
Morgan masterfully weaves a classic tale of good versus evil based on two opposing factions of Fey, the Dark and the Light, as they each struggle to survive. The Light Fey, beautiful and pure of heart, live in a near Utop
Adri Sinclair
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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To say this story is enchanting, would be to make the understatement of the year.

Cynthia Morgan tells a tale with such descriptive vigour, you become a nail biter out of sheer anticipation! The story is a sweet mixture, an expected outcome with a few unexpected twists. It is creative, exciting, and yes... A few times my heart was racing so fast, I had to force myself not to turn the page just too fast to get instant gratification!

The story is beautiful, filled with love and empathy - a lot of e
K.J. Simmill
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ayla knows all the stories of The Reviled, the Dark Ones. She was raised in the temples due to her own unique capabilities and spent years learning all there was to know about these Dark Fey. They are terrifying creatures, the darkness to their light. Hiding in the shadows, stealing childfey and forcing them through the transformation into one of their own kind. Then one fateful day she feels a presence, a figure cloaked in the shadows watching her through the darkness. She believes him to be on ...more
Ian Hunter
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
For me this book got off to kind of a rough start. I felt there was a little too much expository writing, and the balance between what the author was telling me about her lead character versus what she was showing me seemed off. But as the book wore on, I got increasingly pulled into the story.

The world-building is well done in the sense that the author has clearly spent a lot of time in this fantasy realm, thinking through every facet of it. The lore between the dark and the light fey is fun,
Diana Febry
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.
Recommend to fans of mystical fantasy.
I was a little unsure at first but became enchanted by the beautiful writing and thoroughly enjoyed the read as a simple tale of a battle between the light and the dark turned into something quite magical.
Ayla representing goodness, love and compassion lives in a gentle if isolated world. Gairynzvl representing pain, fear and anger has known only evil and violence. And yet the two are drawn to each other in ways they can not truly understand. Wit
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Thanks to Cynthia A Morgan for giving me this book to review.

The Reviled is an enjoyable fantasy book which is very descriptively written story of good vs evil. It did feel too fast paced which meant I struggled a bit to connect with the story and characters. However, the relationships, both romantic and platonic, were cute.

Ayla is feeling like she is being watched, and she is compassionate and insecure. Gairynzvl I found is a more interesting character as he is emotionally scarred and is caught
Max Power
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A particularly well conceived story that was engaging and engrossing. Perhaps a little too YA for my taste, I can't criticize the book for that for i think a YA audience will love this book. Complex without getting carried away with itself as often happens in such tales, I can highly recommend this book especially for lovers of the genre. A talented writer for sure and as part of a series, there is clearly more to come which has got to be a plus. Enjoy. ...more
Dorinda Duclos
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Prepare yourself to get lost in a magical fantasy, where light and dark mix with mystery and romance. Cynthia Morgan’s exquisite writing captivates you and sends your imagination swirling in a delightful way. Unable to put this book down, I anxiously await the next installment “Dark Fey – Standing in Shadows”

Lisa Ojanpera
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is elegantly captured from beginning to end with an enchantment that will have you turning each page longing to know the story's end, yet enjoying every moment in between. I absolutely loved this book and cannot wait for book two. ...more
E.J. Bennett
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
A brilliant young adult fantasy novel. The author takes you on a twisting journey of light and dark. Ayla has special gifts which sets her apart from her peers. She spends most of her childhood in the temple perfecting her skills and pushing her powers. A great read.
Mihran Kalaydjian
This was a great book - I appreciate it!
Cherime MacFarlane
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-and
Lyrical, this story reminded me of the Celtic myths. I loved the progression of the characters. Great story, I had a hard putting it down. I'm looking forward to the next installment. ...more
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The tale starts with a young fairy named Ayla who possesses special talents. Her younger years were lonely as the Elders trained her in the Temple. She is now in her late teen years and has a friend while watching the young fey, the name for the young fairies. There will be the handsome, charming love interest, but some force from the Darkness keeps pulling at her. Her world in the world of light and goodness, but all know of the Dark Fey who steal the young and convert them. The darkness is fea ...more
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its a lovely little story. A couple times it brought tears to my eyes. It is rather predictable; saw that ending coming a mile away. That didn't take away from the sweetness though. I would have been happy with this being one book, one beautiful story. We'll see how the next one goes. . . ...more
Joss Landry
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Morality. A depth of Characters. Fast moving.

Wow, is my first word. Cynthia A Morgan renders a beautiful story while the characters live and breathe as though they are right next to us. This story is well-worth the late night read, even with my busy day beginning at the crack of dawn.

The fantasy tale grabs you from the first page and pulls you into the world of Fey. Dark Fey and Fey of Light.

The people we meet are gentle and honed in the arts of casting their thoughts while exercising compassio
Patrick Hodges
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, family
There are few authors I've read in the past few years who can weave together words and paint a vivid, vibrant picture of a world, a setting, a character, or a situation with the flair and aplomb of Cynthia Morgan. The moment I started reading The Reviled, I was pulled in, as if I'd stepped through a portal into a magical world of both Light and Shadow, both so expertly described that I literally felt that I was there.

The Reviled - at the outset, anyway - centers on Ayla, a winsome young shefey w
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Cynthia A. Morgan is an award-winning author; free-lance columnist, blogger, and poet. Author of the dystopian fantasy Mercy Series and the young adult fantasy Dark Fey Trilogy, Morgan’s captivating tales serve as a backdrop for powerful messages like ‘show thankfulness through kindness and appreciate blessings through generosity’ and ‘the only way to achieve peace is by becoming peace’.

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