Trigger Warning: this book contains genocide and suicide.
This is where I normally will spill out my version of what happened in the book, however for this one I'm going to stick with the Synopsis because I think it would be most beneficial for this review.
Until reading this book I had no idea the Fairy Circles of Namibia existed. This book inspired me to do some research and learn about something I never would of known about otherwise.
Hallowed Ground is quite an interesting story involving four new friends who are determined to find the secrets of the Fairy Circles. Together with their parents they embark on a journey that just might give them the answers they're looking for. Of course finding the answers won't be easy but together with their parents they are sure they can figure out the truth.
Throughout the story we are told these captivating legends. I'm not sure if these are actual legends or if they come from the authors imagination but they are simply incredible to read. I found they brought life and character into the story.
Something I didn't like about this book was the characters. It's not that they weren't likable or that they were poorly written, it's simply that I found them to be just okay. I didn't find any of them to be memorable even with the awesome adventure they were on when trying to figure out the truth about the Fairy Circles. The characters are supposed to be teenagers but they don't come across as teens but more so as young adults. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, it was just the way it read.
The authors take on the Fairy Circles was very interesting. I thought the way he wrapped everything up was quite clever and I really enjoyed the ending. It was a win for me.
Overall, I found the story to be an intriguing read. The pace is steady. Although the characters are teenagers, I would recommend this for older teens as there is some mature content.