Time of the Faeries: Afterlight is a four-part graphic novel series that explore the origins of the Faeries, the evolution of Angels and Vampires from a common Fae ancestor, and their own unique adaptations to the modern world. It follows the alliances and tensions that develop between these three species as they struggle to protect human civilization or shape it to their will. The Afterlight follows several lines of cause and effect, revealing possible versions of the Apocalypse at the hands of all three species.
In the first book, Afterlight, End of the World, we begin at the end with the Angel Apocalypse: a dying Earth, ravaged by war, now hosts only a few scattered pockets of humanity. These last survivors are being hunted to extinction by starving Angels, their energy consumed so that the Angels might live. Below ground, a small band of shape-shifting male faeries called the Phelans struggle to protect the last collection of human life in Los Angeles and a mysterious young girl who may hold the key to their survival. Above ground, as the winged forces amass to complete their genocide, a lone Angel named Halyon struggles to understand what went wrong, and why her race now hunts the very people they were charged to protect.
The 8 page Prologue is available here in digital book form.
Time of the Faeries is such an ambitious project! Congratulations, J. Corsentino for all the hard work!
The images are gracefully treated and the story is very cohesive, presenting great fantasy elements. The concept and production are satisfying together. Some of the images are a mix of photographs and heavy editing while others are illustrations with a strong photography setting. As I didn’t read this in print, I could find some editing flaws when defining the bodies of the models. I don’t know if that would be visible in print, but the eBook version can distract you with a couple of them if you’re into details.
I also found some problems with the plot. The pacing wasn’t good and the writing could be a little better. Another negative issue that bothered me was the visual edit of the text, aligns and spaces could have been better used. I believe the second part of this story won’t present such issues, as there was clearly a lot of care and dedication to it! And yes, it can be better and I have faith in it! I love how the important names stand out, it’s very important to the reader.
Time of the Faeries is an impressive artwork and incredible graphic novel. Beautifully done!
This book was received in digital format through Bewitching Book Tours, in exchange for an honest review.
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