Emigh Cannaday Hits the Bullseye with The Flame and the Arrow:
Overall, I was very impressed with the first installment of this series and will be contEmigh Cannaday Hits the Bullseye with The Flame and the Arrow:
Overall, I was very impressed with the first installment of this series and will be continuing with the second book immediately. My attention was grabbed within the first few pages and held firmly throughout the book. That's really a rarity, so when I find a book that grabs on that tight and maintains that grip consistently enough to keep me eagerly turning the pages, I feel that's an accomplishment worthy of sharing.
Central European/Bavarian mythology is hinted at in the beginning but then becomes a reality when the main character crosses over to a parallel reality in which humans seem to be the minority. A plethora of magical and mythical creatures, as well as factions and splinter-groups of extremists within the supernatural world, round out the cast of characters in the story.
The author allows the reader to learn and uncover details along with the character. We don't get a redundant or spoonfed backstory, so as a reader, we're comfortably vulnerable, being as lost and confused as the character as she learns about the world and what her destiny might be.
The interpersonal relationships and struggles between family and love interests are believable. Suspension of disbelief comes easily, allowing the reader to sit back and enjoy the journey. While there is a romantic aspect to the story, I applaud the author for writing in a manner that I would consider to be, "tastefully erotic." This portion of the story is minimal, and I appreciate that. I've read so many books in the fantasy, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance genres where these components are overdone and a far bigger portion of the book than is necessary. Books like that are thin on plot and often utilize explicitly graphic or vulgar writing as filler. This author has done the complete opposite, and that is so refreshing.
Also surprising is the atypical European mythology of the fae and other mythological creatures, as opposed to the Celtic elements that have become repetitious for the genre. I would categorize the book as an Urban Fantasy Romance, and as a veteran reader of multiple genres, I enjoyed it very much.
It's also very important to note that the author's writing is very-well done and technically sound. As a copyeditor, things like structure and framework, flow and continuity, as well as punctuation, spelling, grammar, and consistency are always at the forefront for me. I can't help but notice these details, and unlike so many recently published books, The Flame and the Arrow reads as a finished product, as opposed to a second or third draft. With ebooks and self-publishing being a standard in the literary world, it's easier than ever for authors to publish their work, and this is apparent in the shocking number of titles that appear raw as opposed to something that is truly ready to go to "print."
In closing, I recommend The Flame and the Arrow for those who are new to the genre as well as longtime fans of Urban Fantasy, Adventure, and Romance....more