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Fierce Heart (Elven Alliance Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07YDZYPN6
- Publisher : Sword & Cross Publishing (November 26, 2019)
- Publication date : November 26, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 3989 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 316 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,764 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Essie and Farrendel. They could not be more different. She's happy and talkative and oh so determined to do right by the people she loves...and determined to love her brand new elf husband who she just met. Farrendel Laesornysh is quiet and reserved and closed off, battle scarred, emotionally scarred by the things he's been through as well as things about him he has no control over...things Essie doesn't let define him, but he does. And, oh, yeah, she's a human princess and he's an elf prince and they just met, but they're getting married to achieve peace between their nations. Even though both of them have overprotective older siblings who are afraid this situation will only end by hurting their baby brother/sister.
I just love Essie and Farrendel so much. The way their relationship develops as they get to know each other, the way Essie's just so positive and determined, the way Farrendel comes to lean on her...it's just so...I don't know if I want to say beautiful because Farrendel has a lot of pain to deal with, but it's beauty coming out of brokenness.
And it's funny. All the stuff about elven shampoo and conditioner. XD I want some. And just Essie's personality and the way she interacts with elven culture is amusing.
Plus danger and action. Troll attacks and near deadly wounds and elf magic and I really can't wait for book 2.
And I'm trying really hard not to give major plot spoilers, so I don't know what else I can say except go read it. Go read it now. Steampunk fantasy romance. With awesome characters and a great story about how love is a choice, and go read it. You won't regret it.
Note: It's marketed as adult, but it's pretty clean, so I'd be fine handing it to an older teen.
I have yet to decide which is stronger, my curiosity about what happens next and who the traitors are, or my absolute disgust with silky elven hair and their magic shampoo. And conditioner. Ugh, the conditioner. It got mentioned so often I had to wonder, what's with the hair fetish? Really. It was only the aforementioned curiosity that got me through the book, because there were times I nearly didn't want to read this anymore. At least so much I can say: the positive thing about this book was, it kept my interest up. But barely.
Great job author! Looking forwards to your next work. Followed.
The elf/human cultural differences and similarities were fascinating. Great world building. I already pre-ordered the second book. Can't wait. I will certainly be reading this series over and over.
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The plot is simple. Elves and humans are enemies (kind of) and a marriage between Essie and the elven Prince Farrendel is agreed on. Both Essie and Farrendel are pretty ok with that.
I was pleased, that there was no drama here. They both agreed, it would be for the good of their people and they didn’t harbor any ill feelings for each other. Big plus here.
Buuut that is also the problem. There is no friction what so ever. Nothing, nada, none. It’s terribly boring. Essie is so over eager to please everyone, she pretty much agrees to everything and is willing to roll over to avoid tension. The prince has pretty much no character at all, besides being stern and misunderstood. I don’t buy their love story, at all. I had trouble finishing the book, cause nothing actually happened. No friction between the characters (I don’t mean drama, I just mean ANYTHING sparking between them), the plot is tame and not really engaging.
I can see people enjoying this book. It’s sweet at times and really something for people who want an easy uneventful read with some tame romance.
There is no explicit content.
I did kind of loathe the in-laws by the end, since although they loved the prince, they continued to use him as their main weapon, even as his edge got more brittle with each battle.
It needs more to spice it up, whether that is humour, violence, intrigue, desire, etc.
Whilst I understand that this first book was world building, and developing an ongoing storyline, it failed to keep me interested enough to buy the sequel, although I did finish this one.