Synopsis

Set in a world of perilous magic and moonlit forests, this seductive romantic fantasy tells the story of a defiant changeling, her cursed sister, and the dangerous fae lord she must defeat to save her family.

In a kingdom where magic has been lost, Fia is a rare changeling, left behind by the wicked Fair Folk when they stole the High Queen’s daughter and retreated behind the locked gates of Tír na nÓg.

Most despise Fia’s fae blood. But the queen raises her as a daughter and trains her to be a spy. Meanwhile, the real princess Eala is bound to Tír na nÓg, cursed to become a swan by day and only returning to her true form at night.

When a hidden gate to the realm is discovered, Fia is tasked by the queen to retrieve the princess and break her curse. But she doesn’t go with her is prince Rogan, Fia’s dearest childhood friend—and Eala’s betrothed.

As they journey through the forests of the Folk, where magic winds through the roots of the trees and beauty can be a deadly illusion, Fia’s mission is complicated by her feelings for the prince…and her unexpected attraction to the dark-hearted fae lord holding Eala captive. Irian might be more monster than man, but he seems to understand Fia in a way no one ever has.

Soon, Fia begins to question the truth of her mission. But time is running out to break her sister’s curse. And unraveling the secrets of the past might destroy everything she has come to love.

Review

4 stars

A feather so Black Deliciously twisted and dark like any good Folk story.

I wasn’t sure I would like it at first.

Because I despised the Queen, her mother, and Cathair the druid for what they did to Fia. Giving her scraps of so called love while all they did was manipulate and hurt her.

In the end, they had her erase all that was Other in her. They also had her deny her goodness just to forge her into a weapon.

And that made me sad and angry for Fia.

Sorry for his admirers but I also found Rogan a little bit whiny.

He was like a parody of the golden prince in shining armor. He claimed he had to do his duty for his people but also proclaimed his love for her. Words without actions don’t mean much to me and I found it weak and convenient.

But maybe all he and it truly was is human and flawed.

The counterpoint of Rogan was of course the dark Folk monster Irian.

All villainous Folk, cursing twelve maidens to become swans. But at the heart of it, of him, was it really dark intention or a will to save everyone? A good deed turned bad? He too was flawed. Nor good nor evil.

And if that wasn’t enough, you had another lying villain.

There is also something that I can’t stand in books but I won’t spoil you. Know that it’s a behavior I profoundly despise…

All in all, this was a story of shady characters trying to manipulated the heroine into who was convenient for them. And Fia had to follow her path. She had to let these shackles go. She had to follow her heart and become who she always was meant to be. It’s dark, twisted, extremely atmospheric and it’s a terrible beauty, like the Folks. I will read the sequel!

Thanks for reading.

Sophie

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