I’m a fae without a court, but that suits me just fine. Kind of. For years, I’ve hidden in my shabby East London flat, working as a private investigator for romantically-scorned supernaturals. The pay? Total rubbish. I’m broke as hell and almost homeless. But I’m stuck in this life. If anyone discovered my dark past, I’d end up dead.
But when a serial killer starts picking off London’s fae, it seems fate has other plans for me. Balor, a dangerous and sinfully enticing fae prince, wants me to help him hunt down the killer. Apparently, my mind-reading abilities would be an asset. Now, I’m being whisked away into a court of wealth and magic.
Problem is, I can’t read his mind, and I’m not sure I trust him. Worse, he knows I’m keeping a secret of my own, and he’s determined to figure it out. Despite his allure, I start to wonder if he’s behind the crimes. If he is, I’ll never make it out of the fae Court alive.
Review: (Video review)
OMG, if this book had just a little more magic and a little more heat it would have been a slam dunk. Although the plot wasn’t a long saga with twists and turns, I loved it somehow. It appealed to me, to my likings. It has ENCHANTED me… What is not to like with the start of this series; It has an ultra super gorgeous Fae Prince, a strong-minded mind-reading half-fae/half-shifter and a court system that both protects and sets limitations to their lives. Clark Cavanaugh – the heroine – has a dark past that is mentioned, but never explained, hence I see more secrets unfolding in the sequels. I can’t wait to read about the twists and turns this series will have when we finally find out who she really is. With regards to her love life to a certain Fae Prince, well, I can just say that I will have expectations!!! And perhaps we will have competition on his hand from Tiarnan. I will also expect for stronger villains to step up the game, and I don’t think the continuation of this series will disappoint. For those who love a good mystery, detective and forbidden romance story this is it. I highly recommend this read.
Message & Moral
Belonging, is the word I would use to describe the book’s message. The Prince of Fae, Balor, believes that every Fae must belong and be protected by a court. He has taken on ambitious expectations of himself and how he must care for every single Fae in his court, and in the world. He wants all the Faeries to be one big happy family. This is a lovely concept of caring and community. Balor also aims for peace between all creatures on Earth, which isn’t always liked by other Fearies, hence the conflict amongst the courts.
Creatures & Environment
“There is something about you Clark,” is what Balor says. I know what he means. If you just look at the book cover you see that Clark has something in her eyes that eludes confidence, cheekiness and a hell of an attitude all at the same time. And even I, would admit she is kind of cute! An opinion shared by Tiarnan 🙂
The creatures in this book are well described and interesting. All the Faeries have one unique power, which is strengthened by the connection to their court. The Faeries’ powers feature as good twists woven into the plot and Jenna has managed to make you feel that the specific powers aren’t an afterthought just to fit the story (which sometimes makes fantasy stories cheesy).
I also like the characters ‘personally’ and I believe that Moira and I would be best friends if she existed in the real world. I would also say that I probably wouldn’t mind going on a flirtatious date with Tiarnan, he is my type of guy for a fun night out!
Captivation & Continuity
Both the prequel and the first book in this series start off by immediately hooking you into the story. Clark has no professional skills to be a private detective, yet operates as one to get stories for her PI Files podcast. This places her in troublesome situations between ferocious creatures where I don’t know if the she has more dents in her walls than the holes in her pockets. She gets kicked out of her flat at the same time as the Prince of Fae finds her and brings her to his court. She has few choices and decides to stay – until she finds her missing friend. The story keeps evolving in both description of the Fae system, mysteries and suspense and is a page turner. The tension between the controlling Prince and the self-serving heroine wrap you into a sensual battle of power. The ending wasn’t obvious to me and it took until almost the end before I figured out who the villain was, so not long before the culprit was revealed by Jenna.
Clark keeps mentioning her past life with her grandmother in America and how they try to avoid the Silver Court. The resolve to this dark secret is yet to be revealed. I hope we will get one step closer to the truth in the sequel ‘Dead Fearie Walking’.
Language & Flow
I did like the way Jenna wrote her book as it made the story feel fresh and exciting, however I believe that sometimes it lets her down. In some places it feels like one of those films on TV where the actor speaks directly to the viewer – and I don’t like that. When I’m in a story I would like it to feel like I am the heroine, not a reader. In some places I find that she reminds the reader of points, which I got the first time she mentioned it – like Balor’s one red eye – that Clark wanted to escape the court at her first opportunity and that she had a dark past. Having said that I did really like the way Jenna makes Clark’s personality shine and I could really see myself in her shoes. Jenna also portrays the tension between Clark and…basically every person she meets very well, due to her strong base building Clark’s character.
T.M. Caruana’s Crystal Ball Award