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The story revolves around the two main characters who are of two different species. The two species are closely allied, but don't really understand much about each other. Through their exploration of the bond between them, Tari and Arion work to bridge the gap.
The world-building was pretty good, but it might have been a little more thorough. The relationship between the main characters was nicely done and I thought it was great that they accepted everything about each other. I liked that Arion was very straightforward about his feelings. Tari was sweet and a little naive, but tough as nails when she needed to be and not afraid of confrontation when necessary. There was a long wait to see what she could do, which was absolutely worth it.
I suspect that there were supposed to be other books in this series, which would provide a lot more insight into this world. The main issues in the story were resolved, and the ending was satisfying, but it was obvious this could have been the beginning of a larger story. I really hope it becomes just that someday. I wouldn't hesitate to continue the adventure.
**SPOILERS AHEAD--Read at your own discretion.**
While I always enjoy a good happily every after story, I was a little disappointed in all the gaping holes left in the subplots of this book. I found myself searching Amazon (and Shea's website) to see if this was part of a trilogy or something.
It is a love story. Big surprise. But I kind of felt like the book was written with super tunnel vision. There was a goal Shea was trying to achieve and when that goal was realized, nothing else truly mattered.
Not character development--there were just a handful of characters that I got a good grip on and only then because of how much Tari and Arion interacted with them. Their loyalty (or conflict) made them targets of consideration for the main characters, but were mostly forgotten or faded out once their purpose waned.
Not thematic resolution--Lesser Elves and Greater Elves and humans and all the lore surrounding the complicated relationship they all had barely got a surface level explanation. It was very baseline and I could almost feel the writer proclaiming "It is because I say it is."
Not conflict--Tari and Arion may not have had a perfect relationship, but it was always because of outside forces and rarely due to imperfections and differences of their own, which are the real trials in relationships. Conflict that did arise acted only as a vehicle to reveal more characteristics of the main characters and was easily dealt with and banished from Tari and Arion's presence.
Not point of view--3rd person omniscient is normally a tool for giving the reader a chance to see multiple perspectives, but it was always one of the two main characters and no one else, driving the point home that the only thing in this story that really mattered was making sure the main characters got their happily ever after.
It was disappointing to have an author create a very specific fairy tale setting and then not do the due diligence required to allow the reader to have a full idea of the world Tari and Arion were living in and the intriguing circumstances that brought them together (and could possibly tear them apart).
That said, it was a sweet little read and I appreciate the very G rated writing because it means that I can suggest it to my teenagers with no qualms. The naivety of the elves was executed very well in Tari's character. The moody ways of Arion were well characterized and appropriate for the situations he found himself in. I guess I got spoiled reading the recent fairy tale series Shea's been working on and had hoped this would be the same caliber.
The supporting characters could have been more developed. The mystery and Bad Guy could have been handled better. The romance could have been a tad more than just hand-holding and kisses. But the story itself was cute, and the World of Fae and Human relationships, communications, and politics was nicely done. I enjoyed it, and would be agreeable to reading more of this World.
The premise is that Lesser Elves and Humans live together but have a hard time communicating due to the complexity of each other's languages. So those that are translators have devoted their lives to learning the languages. But the elves and humans depend on each other and have created a ceremony for the "upper class" to be bonded. One elf and one human are bonded in a ceremony of elf magic and human magic in an attempt to link each other spiritually to help ease communication. The ceremony has been really just for show, until now.
Tari is an elf, an evening star to be exact. Arion is a Captain. They were bonded as Arion's youngest sister married into royalty and thus all her siblings were chosen for the bonding ceremony. Tari is a distant cousin to the elvish royalty and was selected. Once the ceremony is completed, Arion and Tari can understand whatever the other says, even though they do not speak the other's language. They become ambassadors and must give up their lives to stay in the capital for a time to help the translators and become a symbol of the human/elf unity.
The whole story was just sweet and adorable. Shea is not classically a fantastic writer, but she does tell the cutest stories.