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Heart of the Fae: A Beauty and the Beast Retelling (The Otherworld Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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I received an ARC of this novel free in exchange for an honest review.
I was nervous to read this book. Whenever an author reaches out to have someone read their book, rather than a publisher, there’s an added level of intimacy there and I was so nervous about what I would do if I didn’t like the book itself. How do you say that to someone’s face, ya know? I’m happy to say that I have absolutely nothing to worry about because this book was magical and wonderful and absolutely captivating!
If you’re a fan of the magical lands of fae, and love reading stories of quick-witted female leads, capable of both standing their ground and showing genuine kindness to those around them, you will absolutely adore this novel. This story follows Sorcha, a human mid-wife who desires to heal others and above all else, protect and care for her father and sisters. Her lands are overrun by a lethal blood beetle plague and Sorcha sets out on an impossible journey in order to find a way to save her people from the terrors of this plague.
Sorcha has all the makings of a fantastic female lead – smart, sharp-tongued, unwilling to cower to men, confident, and unbelievably good, kind and loving. Though she’d poison you if threatened, she has the heart of a nurturer who longs to heal the world and those who live in it. Sorcha lives in a world that fears the magical powers and trickery of the Fae. A world that has forgotten what the Fae have given them and have thus fallen into a life of hardship and struggle. Despite this, Sorcha maintains an intimate respect for Faeries and their contributions to human life. She is an outcast in society yet so unbelievably strong and self-rooted in her beliefs.
On her journey, Sorcha ends up on the island where a Faerie King and other fae who’ve broken the law have been banished. She is met with mystery, magic, and danger yet she stands tall, never once backing down on her mission to save her father and her people. Sorcha manages to win the hearts of the fae around her and learns that there is more than meets the eye to the King who spends his days isolated in his tower, hiding his appearance and shame beneath a cloak.
This is a fantastic beauty and the beast-like retelling and will certainly appeal to fans of Sarah J. Maas and the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. Family secrets, magic, betrayal, destiny and romance fill this brilliant book showcasing a beautifully vivid world of the wonder and mystery behind the Seelie and Unseelie lands of Fae.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy novels and is looking to get lost inside a beautiful world.
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The Seelie fae are creatures who expect beauty to be perfection and when Eamonn was outed by his twin brother for being less than perfect he was slated for death. Turns out whenever Eamonn’s skin was sliced, scuffed, or pricked he would “bleed” crystals. Not very beautiful in the world of the fae. When the attempt to kill Eamonn was unsuccessful, he was banished from his kingdom to a prison island of sorts called Hy-brasil. For many years Eamonn had been alone with the exception of other fae who had also received a sentence of banishment.
In the world of humans, Sorcha of Uí Néill had a most unusual upbringing. Taken in by the owner of a brothel after her mother had been burned at the stake as a witch, Sorcha had spent a better part of her life being midwife to her sisters and the women of the brothel. Her one dream in life was that she would be accepted into the healer profession and work her trade as a healer. Unfortunately, that was only a dream in the patriarchal society in which she lived. When a plague came to Uí Néill that had devastating consequences Sorcha had to implore the help of the fae in order to save her family.
Sorcha knew that to make a deal with any fae was a terrible idea but she had no one else to turn to as she had already been ignored by the healer’s guild. All she wanted was a cure to the plague that was killing her father and countless others but in order to gather the information she needed she would have to go to the Hy-brasil and convince Eamonn, the stone king, to return with her to the land of man as payment for the deal she made with a fae. Seeing as he was a surly beast of a fae who did not even care if he lived or died, it did not seem possible that Sorcha was going to be able to convince him to help her but Sorcha was determined to make him listen to her.
Eamonn had zero interest in Sorcha’s request to accompany her back to her homeland in order to help her find a cure. He could care less about mankind or anyone else. The only emotion that he knew was anger and that was all he cared about. Sorcha was determined to make Eamonn change his mind and refused to leave even though he had made it clear that she was unwelcome. With the passage of time Eamonn’s defenses to Sorcha began to crack and crumble but with war on the horizon, Eamonn had to keep his focus on his revenge. As time was ticking down Sorcha would have to attempt to change his mind by any means necessary even if it meant losing her heart in the process.
Heart of the Fae is a unique retelling of the Beauty and the Beast tale and I loved it! I adored all of the creative twists that were applied throughout this story. The inclusion of both Seelie and Unseelie characters was wonderful as well as how Sorcha interacted with them while on the island of Hy-brasil. The romance was downright swoon worthy and the ending – major cliff hanger! Really added interest to this saga and I am definitely begging for the next book in the series! Wow, is all I have to say about this entire story! It was such a fast read for me and once finished, all I wanted to do was pick the story back up again and get lost between its covers. I am a fan of Heart of the Fae and I cannot implore you enough not to miss out on this gem of a story!
This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Emma Hamm. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
With a journey that starts off in a desire to save her father and all the others in her village from an cruel plague that effects him and many others in her village you are given a good impression of Sorcha. She never wavers in her mission to save her father though she does lose some track of it when she meets this stories Beast and ends up on Hybrasil. Speaking of our stories Beast Eamonn, he's not much of a beast as he is a Fae king without his crown and kingdom who despite his attitude and unfortunate appearance has a good heart. Though his response to Sorchas arrival says less.
Fate throws these two characters together in an interesting way. Their interactions with one another push the story along quiet nicely and so do the characters in the background. But fate is in it's own way cruel and tears them apart near the end only for Sorcha's return home to be a not to happy one. And in the end the book closes at a cliffhanger to where she must return to her king out of both need and want. This book will leave the reader wanting more like it did me. Also if you read it you'll notice scene that are reminiscent of scenes from a B&B adaption we all know and love.