Review: Moribund (Circuit Fae #1) by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge

MoribundDisclaimer: I consider the author a friend; however, I purchased a hardcopy version of this book for full price.

For all that I read urban fantasy and LGBT fiction, it surprises me that this is my first F/F urban fantasy — and a young adult (YA) novel, at that. But if a book had to be my first, I’m pleased that this was it. It definitely took everything that I love about urban fantasy, LGBT fiction, AND young adult fiction and transformed them into something wonderful and fully engrossing. 

The cover snagged my attention first, but once techno-magic was introduced in the first chapter, I was all in. This is not your grandmother’s tale of the light and dark fae. This is a tale for a modern age, for modern readers. Especially readers who aren’t afraid to have familiar themes expanded upon.

It’s a lot harder for me to get into YA fiction than books primarily written for an “adult” audience, because the trope about how all adults are stupid and/or evil is the literal worst. Moribund employs none of that nonsense. I especially loved how Syl’s mother was an integral part of the team, adding both knowledge and skill (and some delightful plot twists).

This book probably could have been about one-fifth shorter, because both point-of-view characters get pretty swept up in snarky internal monologue. I caught all the references, but I’m around the same age as the author and I’m reading this book within a year of its original release. I’m crossing my fingers that it ages well, because I know this story is a rare find for a certain demographic of teenagers.

But even though I’m not that demographic, I’m definitely still all in for Syl and Euphoria’s next adventure!

Rating: 4.5 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.

Published by steelvictory

By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, STEEL VICTORY, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for FAR WORLDS, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (, on Facebook (, and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

Join the Conversation

1 Comment

Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: