Everything about this Fae-based fantasy romance worked for me

Prince of Air and Darkness (The Darkest Court, #1)Prince of Air and Darkness by M.A. Grant

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fantasy has always been my first love and it’s fantastic to be able to add new authors to my list who can turn out fully compelling worlds with characters I desperately root for and fall in love with that have an MM romance at the heart, and with this one M.A. Grant has managed to all that.

It’s a young adult romance, although Roark is ageless as an Unseelie Prince, Phineas aka Finn is only just 21 and, while he might be the most powerful human on the planet, he’s not exactly in control of either his lay line or his feelings.

Everything about this book worked for me. It draws on some of my most favourite (and often overlooked) mythologies and folklore – that of the (mainly) Scottish/Irish Seelie and Unseelie Courts – otherwise known as The Fae Folk.

Now these guys can be utterly vicious and the book’s opening throws the reader straight into the potential for danger which the Winter Court, where Roarke is Prince of Air and Darkness, poses for all who threaten it.

I loved the sense of tension and danger throughout this, the UST and push/pull between Roark’s desires to protect the human he loves and the obedience he owes to his mother Queen Mab.

Both Roark and Finn are fully fleshed out characters, they have multiple layers and are complex and complicated. I loved the secondary group of characters which surround the main players and I was happy to see Book Two is about one of those, Sebastian, and I’m looking forward to finding out more about him.

The book’s complex themes are easy to follow even for those who don’t have knowledge of the folklore they draw from and it never becomes overwhelming in keeping up with the plot. I think the pacing perhaps slowed a little in the middle but it was a necessary lul to bring back up the tensions of the final 20% of the book when things really started to kick in.

A superb all-round narrative made this book difficult to put down!

#ARC kindly received from the publishers Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review

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