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The Dark Huntsman

(Fae Magic #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
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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
Nicky Peacock
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once upon a time there was a steamy faerie re-telling of Snow White…Playing with fairy tales has never been so popular – but can prove dangerous to an author. After all, taking a story that has been told to death, can be boring for readers. The Dark Huntsman is a fantastic example of a book that is just enough different to capture the reader, but just enough true to the original Snow White story to make you feel comfortable.

I really enjoyed this book. It puts the Faerie back into the fairy tales
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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
InD'tale Magazine
4.5/5.0

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.
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Kathleen Bradbury (Bulfon)
It Grabbed My attention and focus so strong I could not put it down. A word of advice when you get your copy. Grab a snack, a comfy seat, kick back and relax. You will not be moving until you finish this bad boy here. Remarkable job. Thanks for sharing.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Angela James
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trina and Logan

Oh, I loved it. It's a twisted fairytale of Snow White and the Huntsman but with witches, gypsies, and fae!
Bunnycore
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
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Tiffany
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review and more can be seen at http://gothicmoms.blogspot.com/

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
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T.A. Moorman
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review and more can be seen at http://gothicmoms.blogspot.com/

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
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Ana
Dec 31, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Julie
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
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Symone


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
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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
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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
Raina Collins
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is like a all new fairytale mixed with some old fairytales, especially Snow White. It has everything a true fairytale needs with some hotness added on. This ain’t no child’s story. Expect action, adventure, betrayal, death, and plenty of romance. The witch in this story is the sweetheart and a half Fae may be her knight. But when the Knight is also the huntsmen that is bound to an evil queen out to kill the witch and you get plenty of drama. It is a series and is continued in the next ...more
Mara
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)
4.5/5.0

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.
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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.
Jessica Aspen
Sep 11, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This is NOT YA people. I don't write that. What it IS: Dark grown up fairytale romance. Dare to enter Jessica Aspen’s world of spicy, fantasy romance in her new twisted fairy tale trilogy: Tales of the Black Court…
Jackie
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
Jessica Aspen
Sep 20, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Dark, grown-up, fairytale romance. Dare to enter Jessica Aspen’s world of spicy, fantasy romance in her new twisted fairy tale trilogy: Tales of the Black Court…
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
Keridak Silk
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this fantasy. It had twists and new ways at creating a fantasy world where Fae dominate. The teaser parts of fairy tales are a lot of fun. Looking forward to all of the Tales!
Michelle
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.
Riley
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.
Andrea
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.
 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.
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.
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.
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Jill Miclean
Aug 25, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I like the idea of retelling fairy tales and had high hopes for this one. However, it falls short for me on several levels. First, the language. Way too many unnecessary F-bombs for me. I don't mind a few if it fits the character but when it's used crassly, such as "f$#% her already" it just is out of place for me in a romance story. I also don't like overly horny male leads who just want to "f$#%" his leading lady but after one hook up, is suddenly so in love he can't think straight. He is also ...more
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Jessica Aspen always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance and twisting fairy tales.
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