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The Fae are under the spotlight in the latest Soulbound adventure

Soulbound-3-FullSizeA Crown of Iron & Silver by Hailey Turner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Best one yet, full review tomorrow when I’m capable of making sense!

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Hailey Turner, I swear you get inside my head and pull out all the best things I love about mythology and magic and then work them into a book plot.

A Crown of Iron & Silver had everything which fascinates me about the Fae and how they’re intertwined with both Scottish and Irish mythology at a deep level.

Cú Chulainn, Balor the King of the Fomorians (who never get talked about but who I have an intimate relationship with through playing the most excellent MMO Dark Age of Camelot!), the Gods and Goddesses of the Tuatha Dé Danann, the Seelie and Unseelie Courts, the Sluagh and the Wild Hunt.

All of these are legends I am familiar with and which I love. I rejoiced at you pulling out Beira, Queen of Winter from Scottish Mythology to embody your Cailleach Bheur as you sent our heroes off to the Cliffs of Moher to visit the Hag’s Head.

Everything about this narrative was a joy to read. From the growing sense of love between Patrick and Jono, the God Pack developments (no spoilers here), the jaunt through the Veil to Tír na nÓg and the Otherworld via a drop into Welsh Mythology.

I wasn’t sure where the plot would take me but I was so happy to be along for the ride. I hurt for Patrick as he dealt with more secrets, cheered for Jono as he started to consolidate his pack, laughed at Wade’s teenage antics and sighed with happiness at the ending.

Where this series will go next, I haven’t the foggiest idea, but I’m packed for the journey and eager to find out more.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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The Sidhe are fully explored in this excellent slow burn paranormal romance

44662243The Marked Prince by M.A. Grant

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh, that was good, even better than the exceptionally good series opener for me and absolutely jam-packed with everything I want in a fantasy novel.

It’s no secret to anyone who follows my reviews what a massive fan of this genre I am, and one of the overlooked gems for inspiration is Irish Mythology.

MA Grant has firmly established her world’s heritage in the legends of the Sidhe (Irish Fae) and this instalment focuses its gaze on the Summer Court of the Seelie.

I love the Fae, they’re my favourite paranormal inspiration and the Seelie/Unseelie in particular have such a wealth of stories that it’s a challenge to create something new but with a deep foundation in the mythology.

With this narrative we get a glorious and, at times, viciously cruel tale of the Unseelie High Prince Sláine and his captivity at the hands of the Summer Court’s High Princess.

There’s a huge plot twist which I absolutely loved and which fits so perfectly with the character of the villain inhabiting that role that I cheered even though he’s an absolute bastard because it so brilliantly exposes the trickster part of his history.

The romance, like book one, drives the narrative but in an incredibly subtle fashion, it’s what underpins everything without ever being the direct focus.

I loved Sebastian. He’s conflicted, hesitant and desperately naive but also so brave and compassionate and kind.

His friendship with the man he doesn’t know is Sláine trapped behind a Thrall and mask is slow burning but compelling and I loved how their dedication and devotion to each other grew throughout.

The book goes in directions I’d never have guessed and I loved that it surprised me from start to finish.

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

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Irish mythology provides an unusual angle for this assassin romance!

Hug It Out CoverHug It Out by Davidson King

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was even more my kind of thing than book one was and I absolutely loved that the author went to one of Unseelie Court’s more obscure Irish mythological figures for her assassin’s nickname and modus operandi. Vicious but brilliant.

The Dullahan isn’t something to be messed with and is believed to be a big influence on the story of the Headless Horseman in Washington Irving’s Sleepy Hollow, so Riordan’s Irish ancestry was a perfect starting point for him to carry out his hits by removing the heads of his victims. Like I said, vicious but brilliant!

This book’s actually a lot less angsty then book one was and our favourite Snow, Christopher, Frank and Bill make guest appearances in Hug It Out too.

It’s also a lot more funny, there were times when I did chuckle out loud, especially at Teddy’s antics. The narrative itself is inspired – professional hugger employed by a hitman’s unaware sister to “cheer him up” and I loved it.

While I pinpointed who the villain of the piece was going to be early on, it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the thrilling ride to the conclusion, which was nicely tied up and finished off with a smashing epilogue now.

Now I want Mace and Bill to get together and I want to find out more about the mysterious Black please Meredith 🙂

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