I absolutely love everything Kay writes. I think any genre she would decide to write a book will be amazing ❤️
Absolutely fell in love with the Faerie, the world building, the characters are well developed, and the story is entertaining and fast paced.
We learn a lot about different creatures that live in the Faerie, about some of the faes traits and a little bit of their history.
Love their communication system 🧚♀️
"Glowing green lights moved in twirls and curlicues near the stone ceiling of the halls. They had just looked like magical Faerie lights at first. How incredible that they were actually tiny fae who delivered messages all across Faerie."
We have some romance too. There is definitely something growing up between Elora and Brannick ❤️ but something in his past is resurfacing.
Can't wait for the next book and see how this will go on.
In the meantime stay safe and do not make any bargains with a fae 😜
Not your typical fantasy tale, even though it could seem that way at a first glance.
Elora, our heroine, is a strong young girl that dreams of being independent, but her family difficulties set her fate to a forced marriage.
Fortunately, the assassination of the Fairy King sets a cursed prince in her path, though her dream adventure soon turns more dangerous than expected and Fairy politics and double crossings can be just as challenging (even when they always have to tell the true).
All the characters are wonderful and I'm quite fond of the wolf sidekick. And the small purple "fairy", almost mute and with a funny little temper like the one in Peter Pan.
I love them all really! The story is great with a lot of action, suspense and cool twists.
This is just my second serie from Kay, and she is proving to be a very skilled story teller. You will not be disappointed.
As predictable the story ends with a happy ending for now, but the challenge is not over. It barely have begun. I bet the real enemy will come forward soon.
LOVE this. It rates among my absolute favorites of all time. Why? I grew up reading Brothers Grimm faerie tales, and I have always loved a great fantasy with the outer coat of glitter but a hint of rot underneath. I love an epic romance. I love a modern, capable woman....but not a superpowered no-one-is-as-good-as-me one. Capable women are worthy of emulation; super Women just make me feel incompetent.
The preview introduced Elora as the trained daughter of a swordsmith and world-class Tournament winner. He found true love with a minstrel, and they left Court Life to take care of 3 daughters. I highly recommend you start with that book first.
In this one, Elora is trying to accept reality: marry the dumpy old moneybags to save her family. Be the sacrificial lamb and give up your dreams. She is old enough not to believe in fairy tales, unlike her two younger sisters, but young enough to still feel the draw of Faerie...as they say, the grass is always greener on the other side. Her parents are killed suddenly (read the first book!!!) and Elora finds that she must still provide for her sisters before the marriage. She offers to gather apples, not realizing yet that she is not all-powerful in her skillset. Been there. Luckily, a man shows up asking her to teach him sword-fighting in exchange for gathering the apples.
Elora is torn between the need to support her sisters and the need to escape her expected servitude. Unfortunately Faerie bargains are just a trade between one type of obligation and another, and Elora must be metaphorically slapped in the face with that reality before she realizes she trusted the words of the wrong Elf. Oops. I am so glad she takes responsibility and tries to fix her mistakes, but not just with the sword. The sword is her crutch, and she has to recognize that.
This book sucked me away from life for a day and a half. It entranced me and kept me thinking at the same time, which is quite a fae thing to do. I kept wondering why Elora didn’t bargain to bring her sisters to faerie, I kept wondering if she could finally outwit a Faerie in turn....but her naivety had to be overcome first. Sigh. I must be a hopeless romantic.
Not only the theme and characters are great, the romance is interlaced throughout, without any part dominating. The world-building also seems wonderful. Yes, part of it is known, but how Kay L Moody describes the melding of indoor beading and drapery with the thorns and trees...I imagine a large magnolia or Weeping Swamp Oak inside. Lovely.
Kay L Moody has a wonderful way of writing about coming of age in every novel I have read. It is special to read about someone, Chloe, who discovers their inner strength. Chloe managed to fight past her debilitating fear to not only succeed but put me in awe at how far she passed her limits and still didn’t collapse.
The world of Faerie was under attack by mortals with iron. In the human world, Chloe, who trained in healing with fae methods, was seeing the effects of iron poisoning in her village…and she was unable to find enough ingredients for her poultices. People she knew were dying with sores and necrosis. How could she be expected to listen to the fae Quintus, who was also asking her for help? That was another world away.
Every time she exited her house she was expected to act selflessly, so she was exhausted. Yet she finally relented and accompanied Quintus to faerie with her favorite (spelled) book.
“You wake up from near death, and the first thing you want to do is read?”
I think every author wants this 😂.
Chloe and Quintus were sooooo wonderful together with their snappish dialogue! I know this is YA, but every time he loomed over her and she noticed his muscles, his chest hairs, his breath, it was HAWT. Yet despite her attraction, Chloe kept fighting him. So imagine her horror when she accidentally created a bond between them? Oopsie.
The mortals that were freed in the previous series? They were not so grateful, but they offered to rescue her. But what kind of rescue requires a bribe? “We are having a party tomorrow night. You can join us if you let us rescue you.”
“Yes, a party with food and dancing.” The golden-haired mortal rubbed his belly…”
Can you tell the plot was clever?
• This is YA. I was angsty all the way to the end because, well, Quintus and Chloe had that enemies-to-lovers or forbidden romance thing going on.
• Don’t expect any hot chimales, but the climactic fight scenes and finale were worth the wait.
• Cliffhanger ending!
• Cross-cultural kind of romance
• Total 5 star read!
Fans of Holly Black will love this. Elora, newly orphaned and the oldest of three sisters, is tricked by a fae prince to teach him to sword fight. Prince Brannick is trying to become high King of Faerie but his tricks put him as ends with Elora. The writing is wonderful and I literally could not put this story down. Great characters and beautiful world building. I highly recommend this. 5/5 stars