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(The Frey Saga #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  6,154 ratings  ·  629 reviews
Nothing is as it seems.

Frey's life is a lie. She doesn't remember being bound from magic. She didn't intend to discover this dangerous secret, to get entangled in Council business. But she did.

And now she's on the run.

With the aid of a stranger, she discovers a world beyond the elves who bound her. But it's a world of shadows and dark magic, a world she's been warned not t
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 9th 2019 by Melissa Wright (first published July 25th 2011)
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Ben Alderson
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
really good book for a quick fantasy fix!
Aug 19, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
To sum it up: The plot is feeble, and the characters are not well fleshed out to carry the weight of the story. Furthermore, I think this book has a weak heroine with a terrible inability to talk and relate to the other characters in the book that borders on autism-like behavior. This, for me, ruins it all since every interaction is beyond weird. (To clarify, this book is not about a female lead with autism which might have been quite interesting to read, it is simply a badly written lead that m ...more
I bought this book for two reasons: the summary on the Goodreads page, which seemed interesting, and the very reasonable price on Amazon. I didn't pick it up immediately, but being on vacation and having finished another quick read, I turned to FREY.

My main issues with the book lie with the main character and the plot. First off, I found it very hard to sympathize with Frey (or Freya), mostly because she shows a lot of tendencies toward being, well, a killing machine with zero compassion. She ki
Jun 30, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
At first, I'm just intrigued with the title, then after reading the first few chapters I become interested with the lead character - what did she do, what was not done or why she is forbidden to use magic.

After reading a few chapters again, I realized that someone comes and go in the life of the lead character but eventually never had an impact to the plot...

Anyway, the story is going nowhere I don't know how I finish the story or manage to finish this one but all I know it is free in google boo
Missy LaRae
I really tried with this book. I got about half way through it before I had to stop. NONE of it made any sense. The book is told in first person by Freya, and through her first person narrative we find out her magic has been bound, she's an elf, and she lives in a tree with her aunt. In the beginning of the book she's going to take a magic lesson, and her magic starts to show up, and apparently it's the dark kind.

That sucks.

Then, this mysterious "watcher" person shows up and watches her, and s
Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

Melissa has successfuly created another world for me to give up my real life for.
This book is mostly about elves but we get to see other creatures as well. Our main character, Frey, is in possession of one of the most amazing powers I have read about. It's incredibly badass and it makes her out to be a pretty complex character. We all love one of those, right?? Because I do! I could feel her pain and struggle to grasp the secrets
*This was one of the #SPFBO books in my batch this year*

Unfortunately, this book was not really my thing right from the start as I found the writing wasn't to my taste and the story felt incredibly predictable. I felt as though the character of Frey who is our main one, just didn't feel at all real, she felt like a very underdeveloped teen who would have a crush on anyone.

Sadly, I only got to 20% of this one before I knew it wouldn't be a story I would enjoy or a finalist, and therefore I won't
Apr 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNFed at 50%

I hardly ever DNF a book. I hate to. I always want to figure out what's gonna happen no matter how bad a book is written, because there's still a story to learn and finish. But this book is just a whole different matter. It's asking to be DNFed. There's no character or world development. The writing sounds awful. It's jumping, it's rushed, IT MAKES NO SENSE. I'm reading the book and 12 FREAKIN THINGS HAPPEN IN ONE SENTENCE. It sounds like a talented, fifth graders work.

Let me sum th
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
I just finished reading this book and the only thing I got from it is that Frey is magic bound. There is literally no character development, no plot. Nada. You might be tempted to read this book because you might think it's not possible for that to be the only take-away from the book but I kid you not.

I got it for free on Amazon and that's it's only saving grace.
☙ nemo ❧ (pagesandprozac)
i ended up skimming the last half. generic, cliche, and lacklustre. don't bother with it. ...more
This could have been SO great. It is the type of thing I would normally like a lot. As it is, it was sorely lacking something. I could see the potential, I really could, which made the let down so much worse. Most of the characters were only 'alright-ish' nothing I would write home about. (Not that I do that kind of thing, haha!) Some I liked and ended up feeling sorry that they were in this book. It was their ruin, they deserve so much more. Some I found myself asking why they were even there. ...more
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nothing makes any sense until the last 5%… I'm not exaggerating. There's like five bombshells of revelations and then, bam. book over.

I kept waiting for it to get good, was so ready, but there was no character development. None. No world building, just lots of variations of fog.


Why did it get 2 stars?
There were only two editing errors. The language was mostly understandable. I do want to know what happens next... I just don't know if I could handle more nothing for 500 pages; all for
Oct 06, 2016 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
The writing was too amateurish for me to get far, so I can't speak for the story side of things. Just couldn't get immersed. ...more
Emilee Powell
I would have given this book four stars, or perhaps even five if it wasn't for the slack-jawed, drooling idiocy that seemed to befall the lead character every time the lead male was around. The story was interesting, but the first chapter almost turned me off completely, and her absolute compliance drove me mad. I understand that she had her magic bound, but she still should have retained some common sense, like occasionally wondering where the hell her watcher was dragging her off to, or why he ...more
I tried several times (unsuccessfully) to win this book when it was offered as a Goodreads giveaway. So when I discovered it for free on Barnes and Noble I downloaded it immediately.

Unfortunately, it was difficult to get 'into' this book, so it took forever to get through it since I would put it down and read other books and come back for a little more torture before finding something else to read ... lather, rinse, repeat.
I did finish it, finally ... two months later.

I was so put off by the m
Jan 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I received a copy of this book signed from the author so my thanks to Melissa Wright!

*Spoiler Alert.*

This is the best kind of story: action packed, a little bit of sexual tension, and a heroin who has yet to find herself. Literally, in this case.

Fraya, Elfreda, Frey...this is our main character! But she doesn't know who she is. And she doesn't know that she doesn't know who she is because all of her memories have been stripped from her. The story starts in a small Elvin town,(Yes
R.K. Ryals
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me start out by saying that Frey was an amazing story. It takes a wonderful mind to come up with the many situations, twists, and turns that this author gives the reader. From the get go, I was enthralled. Elfreda is an elf who doesn't fit into the small village she lives in. We immediately know she is living with an aunt and that her parents are dead.

I felt immediate sympathy for Frey. She has endured a great deal and is forced to live with an aunt who enjoys being cruel. I knew the author
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a fine example of why I dislike first person POV. We're in a story, of what, I don't really know because the character doesn't know and cannot be bothered with asking good questions to find anything out. It's frustrating. On top of that, it's just paragraph after paragraph after paragraph of what Frey is doing, where she's going, and what she's thinking. There isn't any kind of witty banter to break up the monotony of not knowing what is happening or where the story is leading. I grew bo ...more
It's taken me ages to get through this book. I think the idea of the story was good, not overly original, but I like fantasy stories, so that didn't bother me. The execution could've been better. I felt as though the descriptions were lacking so much in this book. For example, when Frey was traveling, we'd get an idea that there was water or a mountain, but that was it. No pine needles lining the forest floor, no smells, no tickle on her skin or biting wind... there was nothing that made me feel ...more
Mrs. Allen 107 (The Kansan Reader)
Frey is an elf, but she is an outsider. She can’t do magic like the others. One day she does something bad and is then on the run with the help of Chevelle and a few others.

I liked the story but there were a few plot holes I’m not sure of yet. They might be addressed in the next book which I will have to put in my ever-growing TBR pile.

Other than that, I wasn’t a big fan of Frey always having a short temper. Only because it reminded me a bit like me. But not the point. My mind is still processin
Danielle Smiley
I reread this (originally read in Dec 2011) in preparation of reading the rest of the series, as book 3 is due out very, very soon. This book is even better the 2nd time around!!!

Here's my original review:

This story is told completely from Frey's point of view. It's very effective as much of the book deals with the mystery surrounding Frey. It's extremely frustrating for a curious bird as myself, but not bad frustrating, it's more like being tickled: aggravating and fun at the same time.

As the s
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Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

* The author of this book sent me this paperback copy in exchange for an honest review, so don’t expect less than that, I will always give my honest opinion, like it or not *

First of all I have to say that I really really enjoyed this b
Becca (Horners_book_corner)
This book had a really intriguing plot that played out in first person. I liked the world-building and fantasy characters including fey, elves and imps. There was a good, unexpected twist around half-way through that made me read the last half in a rush to find out what would happen! If you want a nice, easy fantasy fix this book would be a great choice!
Not a bad story, but not something I would continue reading. She wasn't very sympathetic and I didn't enjoy her killing the way she did. I can see why her aunt hated her. ...more
Shelby Young (The Haunted Rose)
May 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ya readers
Recommended to Shelby by: blog tour
Cover Thoughts-
It's perfect. The cover is so eye catching and colorful and the the next one in the series is like it too. The cursive leaves a bit of an antique and free feeling like the story. I also love the idea of putting Frey on the cover with a nature scene like that because throughout the whole book she is in the wilderness.

First Thought-
I'm expecting some sort of wizard or magic people? The summary sounds alright.
What I liked-
I loved it. As soon as I was done I went and bought the secon
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, fantasy
2017 Review: I first read Frey when I first discovered the Indie novel sensation. At the time it was priced FREE, as it remains today. I dove into Frey and fell in love with the characters and was intrigued by Frey's mysterious past and Chevelle. As they journey, Frey and Chevelle pick up a team of Avenger Elves as I like to call them, each with a specific set of abilities they bring to the plate. All of them agree Frey is important and to be protected at all costs. Because not only does she not ...more
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The plot behind this book is sound enough, but what really turned me off to it is how uninteresting the main character is. She is completely inept at basically everything, which isn't always a bad thing, but she also has no other redeeming qualities to make her likable. In addition, some chapters are entirely devoted to training scenes which do not forward the plot. The trope of hiding information from the protagonist (and therefore the reader) is stretched out way too long without enough hints ...more
Oct 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This wasn’t bad but the main character was kind of emotionless and blah at times. She didn’t ask enough questions or demand explanations about anything and that bugged me. It wasn’t so much that she was naive, innocent or too trusting as much as it was that she just seemed disinterested and introverted.

It was also a bit slow at times with the only interesting bits found while reading a stolen diary. I was also kind of confused as to why the northern people didn’t hate her, as it seems that her m
Dec 19, 2011 marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who aren't distracted by incorrect usage of commas.
I very much enjoyed the beginning of the book, despite having to re-read many sentences due to improper comma usage (it confuses me when pauses are in odd places). Once Frey was driven out of her village, I got very bored with all the(brutal)training of Frey by the band of elves who were supposed to be helping her, and because I was no longer dazzled with the pretty idea of cute little elves living in trees, the commas became even more tiresome. I have abandoned it for now. Maybe I will come bac ...more
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Melissa is the author of a dozen fantasy and YA novels including the Frey Saga and SEVEN WAYS TO KILL A KING. She is currently working on the next book, but when not writing can be found collecting the things she loves at Goodreads and Pinterest. Contact her through the web at ...more

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