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The Sidhe

(The Heart of All Worlds #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  229 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Since his childhood, Brieden Lethiscir has admired The Sidhe, the beautiful and magical beings native to the Faerie world outside his homeland of Villalu. Though he grew up in a culture accepting of Sidhe enslavement by Villalu’s elite, Brieden finds that he can no longer tolerate the practice when he becomes a steward to Prince Dronyen, who is viciously abusive of his sid ...more
Published July 21st 2015 by Interlude Press
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Original Blog Post: Blog Tour, eARC Review, Author Interview, Excerpt & #Giveaway: The Sidhe by Charlotte Ashe

Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

The Sidhe is one huge book in both number of pages (450 total) and content. There is no rushing through this one and to be honest, I did take a rest in between reads. Why? Because I did not want to miss a detail because of either rushing through the pages or getting tired from the details. No, it is far from a boring book. And best of
Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
Rating: 1.5 stars because there were some ok elements
DNF @ 26% because I just had more interesting things to read

I liked the start. I did. But then it went downhill.

I'll keep this simple. This is fanfiction with the names changed, and it reads like fanfiction. But with original names.

I was getting along ok until I put this down to read other things. A month later, I figure I should finish one of the several books set to currently reading on Goodreads, so I pick this up again. A couple pages in,
Riina Y.T.
Gods, I'm so glad I stumbled upon this! What a wonderful tale!

#endearing characters, #charming, #lovely storytelling, #page turner, #amazing world building, #tearjerker!, #forever favorites, #sweet romance, #sexiest sexy times.

Truly, truly enjoyed every single page!!

Loved that I could get lost in their world.


“A dairy farm.”

“Um, yes?”

“And what skills do you possess that would make this occupation a fitting one?”

“I… um… like cheese.”

She stared at him.

“A… a lot. I like cheese a lot,” he
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 STARS Note to Publisher and or author, this is the first novel I've ever read where the text-to-speech didn't work properly. It was terrible, not even books from pre 2010 read like this did
This is a very different take on the lore and legends of The Sidhe, there is no Summer or Winter Courts, but don't let that put you off. If you love a great fantasy which is really well written and has excellent MC's then look at it more of a fantasy with Sidhe in it. It is action packed with multiple sub-
Moriah Gemel
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given the entirely amazing honor of an advance copy of Charlotte Ashe’s The Sidhe.

It started as the epitome of a good story. It had everything–fantasy, epic soulmate romance, battles, magic, thrilling escapes, religion, politics. It ran the gamut for entertainment. You can’t get much better than that.

This book? Is better even than that.

This story has been expanded and refined and changed and polished, and it comes out like the kind of gem you put in museums. It’s vast, it’s detailed, it’s
3.5 stars
A gift from my Santa Tara!!!

I'm kind of torn on how to rate this one honestly. I think I'm going with 3.5 stars. I did like it, but there were a few things that just took away from the story and times when I was making myself pick it back up.

There was too much sex. Some of the sex scenes were incredibly important for the story and the characters and the development of the relationship. Sehrys choosing to be with Brieden was very important and very sweet and at times a little heartbr
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Where do I even begin? This book is the perfect book. I started it with no idea what to expect, and was instantly drawn in. Like, staring-at-the-clock-hoping-to-get-home-from-work-so-I-could-keep-reading drawn in. The Sidhe has everything I could want in a book. It's an adventure story but it's also sexy and funny at times but dark at others, with well developed characters and mystery and romance in all the right proportions. I loved reading about Sehrys and Brieden's journey, and all the obstic ...more
Inked Reads
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
This epic human/elf love story spans a whole world in a long journey of more than 400 pages. Brieden's world starts out small. Poor but smart, he becomes steward to the Prince. When the Prince enslaves a "Sidhe," Brieden's compassion stirs him to heroics. He rescues the Sidhe, Sehrys, and they begin a long journey toward the Faerie lands.

Make no mistake, gentle reader, Sehrys is extensively sexually abused. Though it happens off-screen, this novel is not coy. There's also graphic viole
Jude Sierra
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly recommended!

This was my very much anticipated beach vacation read, and boy it didn't let down! I found myself wanting to skip beach stuff just to keep reading.

There are two ways in which this book really demonstrates how skillful Ashe is as a writer. The plot kept me wanting to know what happens next the whole time. There is a boatload of beautifully written sex and intimacy here too. I found that I often rushed through those parts to find out what happened plot wise, and then would com
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
DNF @ 33%

I wanted to like this one and to keep going because of the premise but I just couldn't do it anymore. Honestly, I was skeptical after 34 pages because the whole first chapter was so rushed and contained basically all of the worldbuilding. Which blew my mind because this book is over 400 pages long! What should have been AT LEAST 100 or 150 pages at the beginning to introduce characters, setting, the world, etc. was reduced to a single chapter. And it wasn't enough -- or good enough -- t
Misty Fritz
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of The Sidhe to review for Charlotte Ashe, and I am almost at a loss as to what to say about it, because nothing I could possibly say could even remotely come close to doing justice for this beautiful, beautiful book (and I'm not just talking about that gorgeous cover by Sarah Sanderson).

With this novel – the first in what I hope will be a very long series – Ashe has turned a wonderful, widely beloved fanfiction and turned it into something even rich
Carrie Pack
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At its core, The Sidhe is a love story, but it’s also *much* more than that. It’s a compelling, fun read that is also a smart commentary on race, gender and what those labels do to society over time. If you love fantasy romance and strong world-building, this novel is for you. Plus, at over 400 pages, it’s definitely a book you can submerse yourself in for some truly epic summer reading. But don’t let the size dissuade you. It’s a page-turner.

The story follows Brieden Lethiscir as he tries to f
Jul 23, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Update: 50% I give up. It is totally predictable, lame, boring.

42% in.
Tbh, I am wondering to drop this or not ?

- the ten first chapters were good. seriously, I liked the writing, the pace, the action even I have started to connect with the characters.
-Then, all go to a downhill. In the next few chapters which I am stuck in right now.
TBH I feel nauseous from all that love and that love making -cats in heat -
I felt that there is a switch in characters personality - irritating -
the elf is a god, H
C.B. Lee
A rich and intricate love story alight with political machinations, magical worldbuilding, and immerse details of lush scenery, The Sidhe is that delicious summer read you've been dying to sink into.

Brieden is determined to set the elf Sehrys free from slavery in the king's palace, but their escape sets off a whirlwind reaction of events and political upheaval as they try to make their way back to the Sehry's home. The romance is a gradual and aching delight, and how they learn to trust one ano
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016, mm, read-2015
Reviewed for Prism Book Alliance

Life is a Journey. Sound cliche? Maybe, but it is one of my favorite cliches, and it is quite true. You rarely end up where you think you will when you start said journey. Every decision you make and person you encounter has the potential to change the course of your life. The Sidhe by Charlotte Ashe is a fantasy that takes on this very subject.

For full review see Prism Book Alliance®

Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Loved every minute of this book and I would like the next one right away !
minor details that bother me, that's why 4 stars.
Can't wait to read more from this author :)
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was Klaine fanfiction with the names changed, and I loved every single second of it.
Sacha Purvis
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-read-2015
(this is cluster fluff of review as I'm feeling many feelings)

Oh... what can I really say? It was so beautiful and an amazing reading experience that it's going to difficult putting it into words. Here I go..

The Sidhe was and is one of my favourite fan-fiction stories of all time (across all fandoms) and the wonderful Charlotte Ashe has transformed it into an original work. I cried when I first opened the package to see the gorgeous cover. I'm beyond proud of the origins of this story and I'm so
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first thing you need to know about this book is that it is explicit. Explicitly explicit. Like absolutely for the adults.

The second thing you need to know is not to judge it by the cover. It gives the impression that what lies within is more of a cartoon fairy tale and nothing could be farther from the truth.

I've been aware of and interested in the growing LGBT presence in fiction publishing, but the novels I've seen have mostly been romances and I don't read romance. Fantasy, however, is w
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ashe pulls no punches with her brutal world of magic, caste systems, servitude and sexual exploitation. With their powers forcibly repressed, the magical Sidhe are treated as less than human by cruel masters. A heart racing escape propels the plot forward in the first in Ashe's series, as it twists and turns through dark troubles. However her incredible skill at describing two unlikely lovers finding each other adds a glow of hope that weaves magic throughout the tale. Brieden's human heart is d ...more
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The world that Brieden and Sehrys live in is expansive and well developed with colorful descriptions that make you wish this world was the one you lived in. (Maybe in another life, eh?) Charlotte pulls you in from the beginning and doesn’t let go until the last page (and, arguably, even longer because this is only the first book in the series). You fall in love with her characters, you cheer on their triumphs and cry when they cry, you laugh over silly things and you wonder about the more seriou ...more
Molly Lolly
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Original review on Molly Lolly
Four and a half stars!
Amazing. One simple word to sum up this book. But it’s so much more than the word. You follow this journey Brieden and Sehrys take so they can be free. But along the way so many things change that it brings new meaning to the word for both. Ms. Ashe created this beautiful world that is so deep and complete I want to go and visit and truly feel like it’s a place that exists somewhere. I grew to love Sehrys and Brieden quickly and hoped for the h
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an epic love story that really pull you in and I can't wait for the next book. The struggle, the pain, the politics and the complexity of the protagonists relationship make you want to root for them since the beginning and wish for a happy ending even though through the progress of the book it may seemed hopeless. The exploration of the characters' vulnerability really tugged on the heart of readers. I just want to cry and laugh and certainly had giggled out loud during various sect ...more
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a risk in some fantasy novels that the task of explaining the fantasy world overwhelms the characters and the story. No problem of that sort with this book; I fell effortlessly into the Breiden and Serys' worlds.

I cared about these two characters immediately and couldn't put the book down until the very end. Some critics have said that the sex scenes (of which there are several) bogged down the progress of the story. Personally, I felt they furthered character development in important
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dramatic, surprising, inclusive, epic fantasy romance and adventure story ripe with politics and sex but so, so aware and cautious. Charlotte Ashe takes very heavy issues like slavery and rape seriously, doesn't back away but lets her characters hurt and heal and makes you wonder why so many stories try to breeze through these subjects that she writes so tenderly. At it's core it is a beautiful, consensual love story, and also the exciting beginning to a series I am very much looking forward to.
Amy Stilgenbauer
It's clear from page one how much effort and love was put into building this world. For me, that can make or break a fantasy. Worldbuilding can be hard and if done lazily, it's obvious. Even if most of that work never makes it onto the page itself, it's probably one of the most important parts. Despite everything that happens, this is a world created in love. That emotion is exactly what you can feel through every page of this work. It's a tough, harsh world, but its a world in which love exists ...more
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't even know if I should mark this as read (as opposed to currently reading) because this is the sort of book that I will continue to read and reread for the rest of my life.

This is such an epic, beautiful fantasy love story. I actually can't think of the proper words to even describe this story. It's beyond my (usually extensive) vocabulary.

I don't believe in fate and soulmates and insta-love. But more than anything, I believe in Brieden and Sehrys.

Miss Ashe, you have out done yourself.
Naomi Tajedler
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always loved fantasy novels, and The Sidhe was a fresh take on a concept fantasy writers have been toying with for years - and I'm not talking about the fact that the two main characters who have to go against the World (literally, if this first opus is any indication) are gay characters.
No, the fresh take resides in the pace of it, in the intricate web of characters, and in the absolute desperation to read the next part of their adventures !!!!!
Elizabeth Gibbs
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was really good. The cover definitely doesn't show you how explicit the book is...but it is wonderfully so. The romance between Brieden and Sehrys is lovely, but the growing political themes throughout the book remind me of a less complicated Game of Thrones. I am excited to see where their story goes from here and to see their love grow.
Jennelle Henderson
I won a copy of this book from a goodreads giveaway.
This is not the type of book I would normally grab but it is a well written book with developed characters. If gay sex bothers you though this is NOT the book for you. There was quite a few sex scenes thoughout this book. Slavery and rape also play a big role in the plot so those who are sensitive to these topics may find this book difficult.
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