Where do I start? I'm taken with this story as a whole. The characters are one with the story. Their actions are based on what's happening around themWhere do I start? I'm taken with this story as a whole. The characters are one with the story. Their actions are based on what's happening around them and what they feel their only choices are. The story helps drives them. The style of the writing fits the setting and creation of the world. The book is a complete package for the fey style!
****FULL REVIEW**** *I requested this book for review from the publisher.
Robin is sent to pick up the cure for the black boil plague, that's making the full-blooded Sidhe sick, from Summer's mortal pet scientist. Robin is scurrying through the gates into the mortal world as those that hunt this season are the Unseelie Hunters, and they have scented her trail. Jeremiah never expected to see his mortal love to walk into the tavern five years after her death. Jeremiah rushes to help her, and draws attention to himself. Now the Sidhe he has hidden from are looking for him to return once again. First Robin must retrieve the cure from another while staying out of the Unseelie Hunters grasps. She's curious of the man who's come to her rescue, unneeded. But she has plans, to make a deal for something she holds dear to her with the Queen with the cure she carries.
Where do I start? I'm taken with this story as a whole. The characters are one with the story. Their actions are based on what's happening around them and what they feel their only choices are. The story helps drives them. The style of the writing fits the setting and creation of the world. The book is a complete package for the fey style!
Has Lilith taken speaking lessons from the Fey? From Shakespeare? We get the full affect of Sidhe and their sideways ways. When she is writing the Sidhe speaking or thinking sections I'm blown away with the magnificent structure of her sentences. The double sided blade of each word is present. You can find the truth somewhere in what they are saying. Her descriptions are complete and told while giving the feel of the characters in the moment. Lilith uses items and ways to describe things that are new and not repeated in books around. I loved this and looked forward to the interaction of characters with each other and their surroundings.
I can, however, see some struggling with the style of the writing, but I think Lilith has carried the style through with the backward ways of the Sidhe. When I first started I wasn't ready for the Sidhe's ways. I paused, reoriented my thinking, and dove in to follow Gallow and Ragged through their adventures. The writing style is one that demands my full attention to catch the meaning in the words. I'm one who enjoys a book I need to pay attention to.
Lilith has blended current with old in this fascinating tale. She's taken the old fae characters we know and twisted them with the current ways of the world. The story circles around the sidhe growing sick, one by one. The half fae are safe. Each character has their own motives and what they are trying to achieve through the story. These motives and actions draw Jeremiah and Robin together.
Jeremiah Gallow is one of the half fae. Gallow has 'tattoos' on his arms, but they are no tribal sign. I love the tattoos and their purpose. Those 'tattoos' are powerful and a weapon bestowed on him from dwarven ink. He carries his weapons with him at all times. Robin Ragged is another half fae. Her power is in her voice, and Puck needs her. There's a young boy in Summer's grasps that she wishes to save, and Robin will do about anything to do just that.
This is not a romance read. This is straight up fey and urban fantasy. There are fights and running. There are also twists and turns, as there is with Fey, to who is doing what.
I loved reading this book as the actions of the characters fall in line with their needs as they are forced to do what they feel is their only choice under the pressure of the Sidhe. There is action and mayhem. Puck is up to his no good deeds, as always. Summer is as demanding and eye catching as ever. Unwinter is as bold and cold as expected. Robin has learned from the best to play a portion of the game to get what she wants. And Jeremiah is stuck in the middle of them all.
There has to be more to come with Jeremiah Gallow and Robin Ragged. I am looking forward to it! ...more
It's been a while since I've had the pleasure to read Bethany. This is a fun to see Bethany, Arrago, Jovan, and Kiner back at their ways. The banter bIt's been a while since I've had the pleasure to read Bethany. This is a fun to see Bethany, Arrago, Jovan, and Kiner back at their ways. The banter between them all is a hoot. The first two stories happen during Tranquility's Blaze. The last story brings us back to where everyone is before Fury is released. And now I can't wait for it to come!
Love Notes Bethany is an extremely busy knight. So most of their inter-office communication (and banter) is through notes.
Bethany and Arrago are so different that they complement each other and make me smile while bantering. Arrago really is good with Bethany and her rough exterior.
Oh this is fun to read and see how their work relationship and friendship grows through these letters. I just love seeing these two together and as their banter turns to flirting, and they realize it. So much fun!
Knight's Day Off Bethany, Jovan, and Kiner have three days off! At the same time.
The Tranquility Trio. Allric was to represent the Knights at the arrival of Relas as the three are off. The Relas arrives early and Allric isn't anywhere to be found. And a Knight is needed. Mother Aneese knows of the new order - a ledger to tell of who's off.
Bethany only wants to take a bath and rest before leaving for two days. Three men invade her room while she's trying to do just that. LOL! Oh the results. And what Jovan and Kiner kidnap Arrago... Oh my! LOL!
Then theirs the history that Relas has with the trio. Hahaha. This crew are a rowdy bunch, and such friends. It appears Arrago is part of the crew now too.
First Day on the Job Myra has just walked off the boat at the castle. She wants to be a part of Lord Kiner's team and help with the war. Kiner assigns her to Queen Celeste's personal administration, to relay messages from queen to senior members.
Myra's first job will interact with all the main players in Tranquility. Oh boy, the interaction! This story brings them all into focus and where they are now. Bethany and Arrago get to banter by way of messenger.
Myra sees obstacles of her age (she's so young) and parentage, but she's determined to life beyond those and be the best she can. Myra is half Rygent and can read peoples feelings along with their body language, and things are mixed up along with her own fears and feelings mixed in.
This is a great read while waiting for book three! The jokes are fun yet truths and secrets are discovered. ...more
Lorelie runs into the Edgelands, determined to have a say in how she will die. She'd rather be torn apart by the wolf U'lfer people than at the hand oLorelie runs into the Edgelands, determined to have a say in how she will die. She'd rather be torn apart by the wolf U'lfer people than at the hand of her betrothed. To Lorelie's surprise she wakes alive, with the U'lfer.
Finn scented her on the wind. He knows she's different yet no one else seems to scent it. He feels a draw to her he's never felt before, and is willing to face exile to be with her.
There is an introduction (which the first sentence is from). I like this as it's a complete short story of an important event in Lorelei's past.
There is a Celtic feel to the U'lfer - descendants of The Wild Hunt and Fionn mac Cumhaill. They are were-wolves and people. By chapter 7 you will know and feel it too. I loved this creation and grow to express the feel to me.
We get to see the world through different eyes, Lorelie, Finn, and from time to time Finn's brother Viln. The characters spend a lot of time re-evaluating and evaluating through thought to themselves. I felt a very intimate feeling with the three characters. I felt the most for Finn though. However with these characters being in the same place, I felt there were sections that repeated things - how limited the U'lfer are in number, Finn's madness, Viln repeats many of these things and Finn. The actions tell a lot, so their thoughts aren't needed as much to reiterate what we know or have learned.
The focus is on Lorelie who's t save the half-breeds of U'lfer and who doesn't know much of the world as she was shielded from it by her father, and king. This gives a young adult feel to the story. She's young and finds her way along with a sweet romance highlight here.
The beginning had me with the strong feeling of The Wild Hunt and Finn influences. The ending...Oooo. Enjoyed the end and the take of the Serpent of Time here. The middle had it's slow moments and lots of reflection by the characters, but I'm curious more of Finn. And what is Lorelie to do in the journey to come. But Finn? He's where my thoughts are.
This book ends the first step in Lorelie's events and starts the next journey. Looking forward to reading that next adventure. I'm curious to see if what is 'seen' happens or if Lorelie finds a way... I have the second book and will be reading it. ...more
In this season, this book, I feel the characters are coming together for more than just a common foe. Their paths cross and the need is there, but theIn this season, this book, I feel the characters are coming together for more than just a common foe. Their paths cross and the need is there, but they are becoming closer to each other. Like a family. I like this feel with the characters. With this closeness comes the opening of feelings and the history we want to know.
In fighting together and working so closely the hearts start to grow fonder. We see characters starting to draw closer to others. Love and hearts start to get in the way of actions, and even when love isn't returned in kind but given to another.
These intermediate stories are wonderful to bring the wonder and suspense back to the story and plot. This bonus series has heightened my love for theThese intermediate stories are wonderful to bring the wonder and suspense back to the story and plot. This bonus series has heightened my love for the characters and gave me a bit of what I wanted at the same time. I'm ready to keep going and see where the characters go on to.