Faebound #1 Faebound by Saara El-Arifi

Posted January 18, 2024 by jrsbookr in Fantasy, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Faebound #1 Faebound by Saara El-Arifi

by Saara El-Arifi
Faebound #1 Faebound by Saara El-ArifiFaebound Series: Faebound #1
Published by Random House Worlds on January 23, 2024
Source: Owned Hardback
Genres: Fiction / Action & Adventure, Fiction / African American & Black / Women, Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
Pages: 400
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Format: Hardcover
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Two elven sisters become imprisoned in the intoxicating world of the fae, where danger and love lie in wait. Faebound is the first book in an enchanting new trilogy from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Final Strife.

“A romantic fantasy of epic proportions, crackling with magic and passion.”—Samantha Shannon, bestselling author of The Priory of the Orange Tree

Yeeran was born on the battlefield, has lived on the battlefield, and one day, she knows, she’ll die on the battlefield.

As a warrior in the elven army, Yeeran has known nothing but violence her whole life. Her sister, Lettle, is trying to make a living as a diviner, seeking prophecies of a better future.

When a fatal mistake leads to Yeeran’s exile from the Elven Lands, both sisters are forced into the terrifying wilderness beyond their borders. 

There they encounter the impossible: the fae court. The fae haven’t been seen for a millennium. But now Yeeran and Lettle are thrust into their seductive world, torn among their loyalties to each other, their elven homeland, and their hearts.

Why I Read This Book:

I read this book as part of the Fairyloot Read Along for the December Adult Book Box.


Faebound is a book that makes you think once you finish the story or at least book one of the story. Sapphic Elves and Fae, colonialism and war themes, and an original and captivating magic system. I read this book as part of the Fairyloot read-along for the December 2023 adult book box. I always make it a point to do the read-along so that my book box books get read. Otherwise, they stay on my shelves for too long. The story is told in the dual POV of the two sisters at the heart of our story; you will learn that what has always been described is not always what is true. There are a lot of twists and turns and decision-making that will happen throughout this novel, and you will want book two when you reach the end of this one.

About Saara El-Arifi

With a DNA profile that lights up like a satellite photograph of earth, Saara El-Arifi’s heritage is intrinsically linked to the themes she explores in her writing.

She was raised in the Middle East until her formative years, when her family swapped the Abu Dhabi desert for the English Peak District hills. This change of climate had a significant impact on her growth—not physically, she’s nearly 6ft—and she learned what it was to be Black in a white world.

Saara knew she was a storyteller from the moment she told her first lie. Though her stories have developed beyond the trite ramblings of a child, she still appreciates the thrill of a well-told tale.

THE FINAL STRIFE is Saara El-Arifi’s debut novel, the first part of a trilogy inspired by Ghanaian folklore and Arabian myths. (less)