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The Night Realm

(Spell Weaver #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  1,811 ratings  ·  201 reviews
As a nymph living in exile among humans, Clio has picked up all sorts of unique survival skills. But stealing from the most dangerous spell weavers in the Underworld? Not so much.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what she has to do to earn a ticket back home.

Conning her way into the Underworld may have gone pretty well, but now she’s got a new problem. His name is Lyre and he
Published October 20th 2017 by Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
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Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
***4.5/5 Stars***

The Night Realm was an intoxicating and spellbinding ride! With a cast of characters that was enchanting, and pages that were filled to the brim with action and intrigue, it was impossible not to fall in love with this book. Add to that a magic system and worlds that were addicting to learn about, and it was shocking how fast I flew through the pages. I'm so happy to say that The Night Realm was such a huge win for me!
Clenching her hands until her fingernails dug into her palm
you can read my review here as well!

I received a free copy of this book, which does not influence my review.

At this point, I'm sort of convinced that Annette Marie can do no wrong with her writing. Or her characters. Or really anything. I've read everything she's put out there and I have loved every single piece.

I will admit, I was a bit... hesitant... with this book at first. When it was first announced, at least. I loved Lyre from the Steel & Stone series, but I wasn't sure if I was happy
Lonna | FLYLēF
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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IT’S NOT RARE for me to find an author with a backlog of books that I’d like to explore. However, it is very rare that I’ve actually read every book in that backlog. Annette Marie is one of those special authors. Her debut novel in the Spell Weaver series, The Night Realm, returns to the sweeping Steel and Stone Universe featuring a sumptuous romance, complex characters, and an utterly enchanting tale.

It’s refreshing that conventional my
5 stars

Annette Marie is a genius. I swear she uses magic in real life to captivate her readers in her stories. I have no other rational explanation for how amazing her books are.

The Night Realm is the first of a new series, the Spell Weaver books. This is a prequel trilogy to her completed series, Steel and Stone, that takes place 5 years before the events of Steel and Stone. If you haven’t checked those books out yet, you need to. Otherwise the storyline in The Night Realm may be a little conf
Cheryl La Pa
I absolutely loved The Night Realm and it has found a special place in my heart. It was funny, engaging, suspenseful and unputdownable. I loved the unforgettable characters, the smouldering romance, the witty banter, the non-stop action, the creative magical world, the intricate plot – everything! As soon as I finished reading it, I wanted to re-read it again!

In order to return to her home (the Overworld), Clio must steal spells from the most dangerous spell weavers in the Underworld. There she
Tweebs♥️ (hiatus)
Oct 20, 2017 marked it as to-read
i know this book will be as lovely as that cover

Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
03/17/2019: Read for the second time!

This review MAY contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

All of the gods and stars in the sky shine down on me! This book is such a masterpiece! This book has rattled my heart. (But each and every Annette Marie book that I've read has shaken up my heart. And for the better.) Annette Marie's Steel & Stone series is one of my all-time favorite series! And her Red Winter series was just as heart-shattering. Every single thing that this glorious woman writes i
Kristen Burns
4 Stars

I read this after reading the whole Steel & Stone series, so my perspective and expectations for this book were likely influenced by that since the love interest in this one, Lyre, was an important character in the other series. I think I fell for Lyre's playful incubus act at the start of S&S, but I could also see how loyal he was as a friend, and I just wanted to be best friends with him. As the series went on, it became more and more clear that there was more to him than
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
I have a soft spot in my heart for urban fantasy - it’s always so alluring and addicting. The Night Realm by Annette Marie is no different. We follow Clio, a nymph with a rare ability to mimic magic, as she goes to the Underworld to steal secrets from their master wavers. Clio must face all kinds of monsters and mayhem - including dealing with an Incubi master weaver named Lyre - so she can prevent a war and go home

Things I Liked
I really liked the worldbuilding and the setting in the story! I
Clio is a nymph that has been exiled to Earth from the Overworld. She has become a spy for her half-brother, Bastion, but she isn't very good at it. He sends her to the Underworld to steal weapon designs from Crysalis, where she has to interact with Lyre. Lyre is an incubus and master weaver; however, he doesn't fit the mold of the typical weaver of weapons. The more the two spend time together, the more their fates become intertwined.

I've read the Steel and Stone series by this author and love
Petra Špirhanzlová
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I knew this is going to be good, but I did not expect that it will became one of the top three books I read in 2017. This prequel to Steel&Stone serie has everything I love in good (urban) fantasy books: kick-ass (smart) heroes, who are however allowed to make mistakes and are not invincible. Plot, which is smart and keeps me reading until 3am. And just the right amount of romance, which is however not the centre of the plot. In the n
Clio the nymph can recreate magic when she sees it. Lyre the incubus can create clever and deadly weaves. It’s a match made in the underworld.

A promising start to a new series.
Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: need-now, omg-yes, oooooh
At first I thought it was a little insta-lovey, but eventually I found myself riding the ship. Annette Marie always knows how to deliver an entertaining story. ALWAYS. Seeing Lyre and Ash again was a blessing. While the plot wasn't as intricate as her other (and one of my fave) Steel and Stone series, I still couldn't put it down because of how well she writes - it's a narrative voice with the perfect blend of imagination, humour, and clarity in dialogue, both inwards and outwards. I can't wait ...more
4.5 stars

I was so thrilled to receive an ARC copy of this book. I had previously read and LOVED The Red Winter Trilogy by the same author (read: total fangirling adoration and shoving the series in the face of anyone who will listen) and although I haven't yet read the Steel & Stone series it's the very next on my list because this book was ALSO amazing and now I need something to tide me over until January when book two of this series is slated to publish.

To be honest I didn't even know wh
Aneta Bak
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
The Night Realm is absolutely amazing. It was funny, engaging, action packed and the romance was to die for. Reading this book makes me want to start the Steel & Stone series right away.

All Cleo wants to do is to return to her home. Exile was fun for a while, but now she would do anything to get back, and the only way she hows how is to please her half-brother Bastian. So when Bastian gives Cleo a mission to go to the Underworld and use her powers to steal spells, Cleo can't say no, even tho
Darque  Dreamer
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Night Realm is dark and alluring. It is intoxicating and enchanting. This one will have your heart racing in a state of suspense! If you love danger, passion, dynamic characters, and magic, you will fall in love with this intense story!

I am so impressed with The Night Realm! Annette Marie took the YA "Insta Love" trope and gave it a reason for existing...Incubi. I loved having the different types of characters in this exceptionally well built world. The magic system was incredibly well writt
Mikky (Nocturnal Predators Reviews)

My Rating: 3 and a half stars

This novel felt different from all the other novels I've read by this author which I was particularly strange considering how this is a prequel series to her Steel & Stone series (which I adored). This could also have been due to the fact that I've been hyping this book up in my head for months now waiting for the audio books to be released.

I've grown accustomed to reading about strong and goal-oriented women in this authors novels, so having Cleo as a heroine w
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have, favorites
Quite simply, this was awesome.

Firstly you don't have to read the Steel and Stone series to read The Night Realm, although I highly recommend you do.
It was really amazing going back to the past before the Steel and Stone series and learning more about Lyre (and his brothers!!) and how he meets Ash.

And of course we get a new heroine!

I never thought I could like Cleo as much as Piper, but I do!!
She's completely different to Piper but I fell in love with her immediately. Her innocence and clumsi
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spell Weaver 1

I LOVE LYRE. Ahem, nothing will ever change my feelings. Clio is ok, not completely a fan of hers unlike Piper who I adore. Ash!!!! *sighs* The fight sequences were a wee bit too long. I'm SO glad Dulcet ate it. I hope Reed appears in the next book. On to Book 2, happy reading!
Oct 14, 2017 marked it as to-read
is that
*squints eyes*

How? Did? I? Not? know? about? this?????????
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars edging towards 4

Okay so, we finally get to see the past of Lyre which we've been given little bits and pieces of. We see his family, his surroundings and his mind-set in the forbidden parts of his life. That's basically all I recommend you knowing because I prefer the book experience as blind as possible :). If you do not have this, you can just continue to read along with a few minor spoilers ahead!

Let me jump straight into this: I am a die-hard Annette Marie fan and I currently am pr
As a nymph living in exile among humans, Clio has picked up all sorts of unique survival skills. But stealing from the most dangerous spell weavers in the Underworld? Not so much.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what she has to do to earn a ticket back home.
Conning her way into the Underworld may have gone pretty well, but now she’s got a new problem. His name is Lyre and he’s a sinfully alluring incubus, a dangerously skilled spell weaver, and the only thing standing between her and stealing some
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read the Steel and Stone books; but boy is my anticipate hate on.
Haven't enjoyed reading this much in a long time.
The world-building - excellent! Characters - delicious.
Ash with his little dragon - awww. He's such a mercenary, little totally lethal, but so hawt-sounding, I look forward to seeing more of him in the other books. Lyre - I understand there's a love triangle with another girl and Ash in the original series? What happens to Clio yo? You forget her? I liked Lyre's relationshi
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Annette Marie has weaved another fantastic story. If you have not read one of Annette's books you are missing out. If you love magic, mystery, suspense, romance and a gorgeous incubus named Lyre, this is the series for you. The Night Realm grabs your attention from the first paragraph and does not let you go til the end, but even then it leaves you wanting more. I have been a fan of Annette's since I came across her Steel and Stone series and I have loved everyone of her books. I love that she w ...more
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Annette Marie’s Chase the Dark of the steel and stone series was actually the first thing I got when I got Kindle unlimited. I bought it instantly and every book she’s published since then.

She has been my favorite author since I found her. Her world & character building is above & beyond all else I’ve read.

The Night Realm - Spell Weaver series- was everything I hoped for! The details of weaving, the action packed fight scenes...

Lyre has always been a sexy mystery... Now so much makes s
Carnie Pollock
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Annette has done it yet again, I couldn’t put the book down once I’d started it. A brilliant start to a new series and well written as always. If you love magic, adventure and romance then you will love this story, it even has one of my favourite characters; the incubus Lyre. The new character Clio the nymph gets herself into all sorts of trouble but is badass at the same time, so she was an instant hit with me. The only bad thing is that I have to wait for book 2.
Tracy D.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
ARC! Woot woot!

As a Steel and Stone fan, I've been waiting for Lyre's story for a good long while. Now that it's here, I'm excited to tell the world that it was so worth the wait! Even though these events have taken place 5 years before those in S&S, The Night Realm (Spell Weaver Series) is standalone, or a great introduction to Annette Marie's 5 star work!

As I read this book, I kept getting distracted by life's responsibilities, but The Night Realm continued to be on my mind until I could p
Fatima Nauman
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I know that the general idea of an incubus is appalling but damn if Lyre doesn’t get sexier every single time I read about him…. I mean I love LOVE Ash…. But Lyre has his own charms….
Now I have waited for this book for over a year but it was sooo worth the wait..
Okay so as the book description says that this book centers on a girl named Clio who’s an illegitimate nymph princess and she has a special ability called aster.. Astral projection that she uses to take the weavings- spells apart and cop
Katherine Paschal
Clio has spent the last two years living in exile on earth at the request of her half-brother Bastian, the Prince of her people, due to her secret abilities of seeing how magic is made. While performing tasks for him that are important to the well being of her people, Clio longs to go home but will never refuse her brother's tasks. When his latest assignment gives her hope that if she accomplishes it she can return home, Clio overlooks the fact she will be sent into the most dangerous place in t ...more
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, must-read-2017
*I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for a honest review!*

It is absolutely impossible for me to figure out where to start. This book, fellow readers, this book has managed to rearrange my synapses.
I have a hard time finding my thoughts in my own head. I thought I was prepared to read it. I thought since I read the Steel and Stone series that I wouldn't be on the edge of my seat barely able to touch the next page button. I thought wrong. Nothing could have prepared me for
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Annette Marie is the author of YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, its prequel trilogy Spell Weaver, and romantic fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast-paced urban fantasy, bold heroines, and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She proudly admits she has a thing for dragons, and her editor has politely inquired as to whether she intends to incl ...more

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“You butchered another warlord’s escort?” Lyre repeated incredulously.
“I also maimed the warlord.” He frowned. “Or maybe I killed him too. It got kind of messy at the end.”
“You …” Lyre cleared his throat. “This isn’t … concerning for you? Won’t there be consequences?”
“Obviously.” Ash gestured in the direction of the searching soldiers. “But Samael won’t kill me. He’ll just send me back to the bastille again.”
“You’re awfully casual about impending torture.”
“So how do you see magic then?”“With my asper, I can see everything about a spell all at once. It’s like looking at a building and seeing through the walls to the beams and supports and wiring and pipes, the rooms and stairwells and attic and— and just everything. Nymphs can see all the parts of a spell, how they fit together, how they interact. I don’t always understand exactly how it works or all the constructs that comprise it, but I can see all its pieces.” 0 likes
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