Ange'el Series by Jamie Le Fay
I am delighted to announce that Ahe'ey won the Reader's Favourite Gold Medal in the Young Adult - Fantasy - Epic category.
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Ahe'ey reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (05/17).
“Ahe’ey” by Jamie Le Fay is the complete collection of ten episodes or stories that take place in and beyond the fantasy world of Ahe’ey, spanning from the 1800s to present day.
Morgan is a strong, independent, influential woman who is making a difference in the lives of women all over the world. When she’s around Gabriel however, it’s a battle for self-control as the man leaves her weak in the knees! As political opposition threatens to shut down Morgan’s agenda at any cost, the two take refuge in the world of Ahe’ey, a place where women are in charge. But, this outwardly perfect world may not be as idyllic as it first seems.
There is a lot going on in this story and it is considerably impressive how the author interweaves the world of fantasy, dragons, and fairy tale qualities with modern day issues such as racism, gender equality, and political unrest. The story feels new and fresh – unique in the fantasy genre for certain, if one can even contain it to a single genre.
What I enjoyed most about “Ahe’ey” is the writing style. At over 600 pages, I was prepared to settle in for the long haul, but the natural flow of the storyline kept me engrossed throughout the entire read. Though I’m sure Le Fay put a considerable amount of time and effort into this work, the result is seamless and fluid from the perspective of the reader, a clear distinction of her talent. The ease and effortless movement through the story left me wanting more – I truly did not want it to end.
The characters are full of life, multi-dimensional and believable, commanding the reader to connect with and invest in the outcome of their plights. Women will fall for Gabriel, an enchanting, sensitive male and the very definition of a prince. Gabriel, of royal blood, is depicted in a much different light than the “common” male characters – Fay provides an excellent demonstration of role reversal at its finest with the men of Ahe’ey. It was the women however, that influenced me the most. I found each character to represent a certain trait in myself. For instance, Morgan represented all of my contradictions, Sky reminded me of my stubborn side, Sage was my calm, patient, and levelheaded self, and Quinn struck a chord with my determined self. The women of Ahe’ey absolutely stirred some heavy inward reflection.
“Ahe’ey” by Jamie Le Fay is very high on my list of reading recommendations. The story is unique, inspiring, and very well written. It will hold great appeal to fans of fantasy, adventure, and romance, as well as those interested in women’s issues and politics.
"I am honestly blown away by the views and the personality behind this book. Behind the characters. Such strong belief and love went into this book. If you get a chance please find the time to read this incredible book.
Jamie and Morgan are inspiring. To create this book needed such creativity and understanding of our world and problems. For Morgan to try to solve those problems, yes in a fantasy world, but also through inspiring the people who read about her and understand the intent. I love a book with a good morale and this has one at every turn.
Bravo, Jamie! 5 stars. I am hoping people will read this and feel inspired by your views and belief." - Charlotte Oliver - Books With Phoenix
Read the entire review here.
"This is a story about true love between a star-crossed pair: Morgan Lua, a human champion for female rights, and Gabriel, a supernatural prince from a hidden, mystical realm. The scenes switch perspective between familiar Earth and the ethereal land of the Ahe’ey; the distant past and modern day; and between major characters. Le Fay weaves a magical tale with complex characters, hidden histories, political intrigue, and desperate desires yearning for fulfillment. But this is no traditional fairy tale. We human beings vacillate between hope and despair, living in a world where simple deeds of loving kindness can move mountains, while simultaneously the worst acts of evil we can imagine are committed. We worry about which worldview and values will triumph and resonate throughout human history. In each generation, we stand at a crossroads, and we support those with power and influence whom we think can steer us in the best direction. Morgan Lua is not content to stand on the sidelines." - Leigh Holland
Read the entire review here (warning, some spoilers ahead): link.
"AS A LIBERAL AND COMMITTED FEMINIST WHO IS INCREASINGLY FRUSTRATED BY THE SIMPLISTIC SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS OF MY OWN SIDE, AND THE BELIEF THAT ALL THAT IS NEEDED IS FOR A FEW SMART PEOPLE TO START A REVOLUTION, I FOUND “AHE’EY” TO BE REFRESHINGLY MULTI-SIDED, WHILE ALSO MAINTAINING ITS CORE BELIEFS." - E.P. CLARK, AUTHOR
"A COMPELLING AND CREATIVE WORK OF PARANORMAL ROMANCE. LE FEY TAKES HER CHARACTERS TO PLACES SELDOMLY SEEN IN FANTASY FICTION THAT READERS WILL FIND EMPOWERING AND PRESCIENT. AHE'EY IS A FAIRLY POLARIZING BOOK. AS AN EXAMPLE OF FEMINIST FANTASY FICTION, YOU WON'T FIND MUCH BETTER THAN THIS. AHE'EY IS AN IMPRESSIVELY THOUGHT-OUT STORY, WITH MANY ORIGINAL TOUCHES AND A FAIRY-LIKE ROMANCE THAT WILL DEEPLY SATISFY READERS OF THE GENRE." - SELF-PUBLISHING REVIEW ★★★★
"In this romantic tale, a champion of women’s empowerment stumbles on a hidden—and seemingly perfect—society.
Morgan Lua, head and founder of the Hope Foundation, has just arrived in New York City. Advocating for girls’ educational success, she’ll be a star attraction at the Girl’s Speak Out conference. The mayor introduces her to Gabriel Warren, head of the philanthropic group Ange’el and her host in New York. While Morgan is entranced by his gorgeous blue-green eyes, she also finds, in his suite at the Pierre Hotel, “no sign of vanity. Everything about him was practical and simple and yet of great quality and taste.” He invites her to a gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but the evening is interrupted by knife-wielding assailants. Gabriel subdues them, later revealing that he’s with the CIA, assigned to protect her from those aligned with the Men’s Rights Defense group and their speaker and presidential candidate, Walter Zanus. Further attacks lead Gabriel to take his protection of Morgan to the utmost—he brings her home to Ahe’ey, the secret realm from which he and his genetically enhanced brethren hail. In Ahe’ey, Morgan discovers stunning, nature-infused architecture and a functioning matriarchy. Yet the more she learns about Gabriel’s world, the less ideal it becomes. In her invigorating fantasy series opener, Le Fay (Ange’el, 2014) flaunts her progressive heart proudly, as when Morgan says citizens need to get “the best out of every young person regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation or aptitude.” Zanus, meanwhile, stands in for the actual 45th president of the U.S. in saying of his “pure daughters” that if “they weren’t” mine, “I’d be dating them.” Le Fay also creates a robust mythology surrounding the four tribes of Ahe’ey: the Ange’el, the Ma’asai, the Yi’ingo, and the Hu’urei. Thirty years ago, civil war resulted in the sequestering of these bloodlines, and men are forbidden to rule. Gabriel realizes, however, that their “demise...started the day we designed an unequal society.” His and Morgan’s love proves transformative, and readers should delight in witnessing its repercussions.
A bracing mix of emotionally and intellectually honest fantasy." - Kirkus Reviews