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The Dark Huntsman (Tales of The Black Court #1)

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An evil queen, a dangerous man, and a witch, tangled together in a tale of Snow White...
Desperate to save the last of her family from the murderous Faery Queen, Trina Mac Elvy weaves a spell of entrapment. But instead of a common soldier, the queen has released the Dark Huntsman, a full blooded fae with lethal powers.
Caged for treason, Logan Ni Brennan, is ready to do anyt
Published October 1st 2013 by Abracadabra Publishing
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C.J. Burright
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love how The Dark Huntsman bends the tale of Snow White and embroiders it with threads of the fae, a good witch, and the legend of The Great Hunt. Logan, the reluctant hunter for the dark queen of the fae, disobeys his order to destroy Trina, an inexperienced witch of a tribe marked for death and instead secretly takes Trina hostage to be used as a pawn against the queen. But his quest to discover why the queen wants Trina and her family dead leads to trouble for Logan's newly reclaimed life-- ...more
Laura Greenwood
Review forthcoming on http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...

I received a copy of The Dark Huntsman in exchange for my review.

After 15 years imprisonment, Logan is finally freed by the Black Queen, given his freedom in exchange for wiping out a clan of gypsies. When Logan arrives, he is surprised to find just one green witch left to oppose him, but something in him refuses to kill her, despite how easy it would be. Once home he discovers that her name is Trina, and in exchange for her life she
Dana Wright
From the first page, this book grabbed me by the hair and wouldn't let go. The fresh retelling of the Snow White-esque story was well done and I loved it. The voice was crisp and each and every character came through clearly. The huntsman was a figure that became Herne, the lord of the Great Hunt and the witch became his prey. The evil queen brought elements of Alice in Wonderland. The book is rife with familiar fairy tales and stories I loved as a child, now woken up for a more adult spin on th ...more
I love the fae I love everything about the faerie lore.

So I struggled with this book, Logan Ni Brennan was caged away for treason against the queen. He is the Huntsman. The wild huntsman, and he is told that he will be let go if he goes and kills a witch. He meets the witch and changes his mind. He takes her and brings her home. He thinks he can use her but also there is something about her that makes him pause. Insta-lust is all I am going to say about that one. He was caged away for fifteen y
T.A. Moorman
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review and more can be seen at

In the past few years Snow White has been retold in several different ways; in books, television, cinema, you name it. And many times it falls flat. Not this time!

In this version of Snow White, the Evil Queen is the Queen from the Black Court in Underhill, desperate to keep her son off the throne and acquire his power, ready kill anyone who dares stand in her way. Snow White is a Gypsie girl, Catarina 'Trina' MacElvy, a green wit
Dec 31, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love fairy tales with a dark edge to them then The Dark Huntsman is for you.

This book was a very interesting retelling of the Snow White fairytale. It is set in the present day, although the majority of the book takes place in "Fairy" land. I found the characters very interesting and there emotions believable. The hero of this story was amazing, while he did a few stupid things it can be chalked up to the fact that he is hundreds of years old and still a little chauvinistic. I liked the
Skye Turner
Holy moly!
If you love fairy tales, but like a little spice and steam... you WANT to read Jessica Aspen.
This is not Young Adult or suitable for anyone under 18. It's raw and sexy and dark and amazing.
Trina is a witch who lives in our world. She's from a long line of witches and the Faery Queen is threatened. She sends her Huntsman into the "real world" to find and eliminate the threat.
Logan (holy hotness Mr. Huntsman) is a fae and has to do the Queen's bidding.
Or does he?
Instead of killing T
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book is hands down amazing! it is twisted story of snow white story. I love it so much! it was well written and long enough for me to enjoy the book for few days longer than usual short book. I find myself wanting to read more when book ended. it looks like that the second book of this series is not out yet. I can't wait till it comes out! I think I will read one of Jessica aspen's another book about red riding Hood. :)
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)

As half Tuatha De Danann and half Fir Bolg, Logan Ni Brennan is barely tolerated at the Court of the Black Queen. However, he is the last in the line to be the Dark Huntsman.

For full review please see 2013 Dec/Jan Holiday issue of InD'tale Magazine.
InD'tale Magazine

Aspen weaves a compelling story of loss, love and magic and the world of the Fae comes alive in this mixture of Sleeping Beauty and the Dark Huntsman.

Read full review in the 2013 Dec/Jan Holiday issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great new version of Snow White, a must read. An insane queen, a dangerous man and more to keep you interested until the end. A total grown up version that you don't want to miss Complete action I appreciate being able to read it
Syn Kennedy
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually really enjoyed this book, it gave New life to old stories.
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sexy, edgy retelling of Snow White. Really good! I'm looking forward to the next one.
 Bella Marie
I really wanted it to be as excellent as Twilight and sweep me of but it didnt. Though I can say that this is the best book of the year so far.
Brenda S.
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can't wait to get started on this one I have always loved the fairy tales so this should be a good one
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gosh. Lyrical, evocative, spell-binding. This was a ripper of a book. And it was free!
Trawl through a hundred crap freebies for a gem like this. Go get it now.
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved the twist of this all but goody fairy tail. cant wait to get the next book and read others.
Chelsea Johnson
An evil queen, a dangerous man, and a witch, tangled together in a tale of Snow White...
Desperate to save the last of her family from the murderous Faery Queen, Trina Mac Elvy weaves a spell of entrapment. But instead of a common soldier, the queen has released the Dark Huntsman, a full blooded fae with lethal powers.

Caged for treason, Logan Ni Brennan, is ready to do anything to win free of the manipulative queen, even if it includes running a last errand for her…murdering a witch. The sigh

Well this was a pleasant surprise.
I fell upon this author via kindle scout and in a lull awaiting several next in series to be released I started The Dark Huntsman really not expecting anything.

I got to about 20% and thought damn here is another Fae series that I am going to love.

1. i loved the mix of Fae/elves/human gypsy magic
2. don't we all love a dark mysterious man trying to redeem himself
3. there is a prophesy and an evil queen trying to avoid/destroy said outcome
4. gypsy witch meets out d
Jennifer Manning
This book is a roller coaster ride that mixes The Huntsman, and some of Sleeping Beauty, with the Fae. The Black Queen wants a Clan of gypsies terminated because of a secret prophecy so she can take over the Gold Court. The Huntsman, Logan, was released from 15yrs of imprisonment for the task and will be put back in prison or killed for failure. Trina is a green witch who only wants to protect the remaining members of her family since they're being hunted to extinction. Can she trust the Fae Log ...more
Dec 06, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
This seems like it could have been a good story but the characters just didn't work for me. Well, mostly Trina. Her family is being hunted by the evil faerie queen and she agrees to a deal with the huntsman to stay with him a year. I don't know what it was but she really bothered me, she was so worried about her family but she was obviously not capable of helping them alone. So instead of trying to gather more information, she was constantly worried about having sex. Oh, and when he rightly stat ...more
Susan Harrowa
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent retelling of the Snow White tale

If you are a fan of the fairy tale retellings, especially those with shades of darkness woven in, then you are going to love this one! As an added bonus, its setting is centered around the fae realm. It's a perfect backdrop to to frame the Snow White legend in.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was addictive reading! Real fantasy romance with a strong plot and a steamy romance folded in. Trina is just the heroine you want, sure she needs protecting but she won't just do as she's told, even if it is a very powerful elf lord telling her to do it! The ending just about melted me. I look forward to the next books.
Eftihia Iliopoyloy
Snow white turned fae

One of the best turned upside down fairytale that I have read. Mesmerized form page 1,I blocked the rest of the world out while I felt the power of the earth wich.
Davidl Campbell'Sr
Very Good

A very interesting story from start to finish a good flow to it's action l feel the end could have been better but this is a series l can only hope they flow into each other.....?
Catherine Marie Meyer
i love it so much

ms aspen has wowed me, big time. I love fantasies, fairy tales and current time stories. wrote a few when I was a teen and let my imagination run free. good story, can't wait to read the rest of her twisted fairy tales.
Dawn Addleman
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting new fairy tale

I liked this book it was a new take on sleeping beauty. This is the first time I have read a book by this author. I will definitely read the next in the series. I would have liked to have a less abrupt ending.
April Tolliver
I liked the story but struggled with the writing style. I'd be reading about 2 characters, but in the next paragraph I was reading about other people in a whole new scenario with no lead in our anything.
Natalee Bruce
So the dark huntsman sounds fabulous. Pause... Ok this has so much potential but it fell so flat on details and maturity. Even though the book has mature content. I am only slightly thinking about reading the next book but honestly I will prob never pick it up.
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“Where do you think, Alice?” “Underhill?” “Very good, but wrong.” “Then where?” “Another planet, another time. It doesn’t matter much. I needed a location to foil pursuit. The water helped, now the sand will, too. More importantly, it gives me a breathing spot to decide what to do with an Alice.” “Stop that.” The starlight caught the curve of his lips, but she didn’t have to see him to hear the arrogance behind his soft mocking laugh. “Stop calling me Alice.” “Why? You’re a little girl who has fallen down the rabbit hole and the queen is coming to eat you up. The Black Queen, it is true, but she’s far more formidable than the Red one has ever been.” 0 likes
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