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Storm Bound (The Grim Series) Paperback – March 18, 2014
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About the Author
Dani Harper is a former newspaper editor whose passion for all things supernatural led her to a second career writing paranormal fiction. A longtime resident of the Canadian north and southeastern Alaska, Dani recently ventured south with her husband to rural Washington to be closer to their grown children. She is the author of Changeling Moon, Changeling Dream, and Changeling Dawn, as well as Storm Warrior, the first book in the Grim Series, plus First Bite, the beginning of the Dark Wolf Series.
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The writing was well done. I don't remember seeing any typos, and the story itself was charming except for those structural flaws.
The Grim are believed to be dog like creatures that carry a message, usually a harbinger of death, but it depends upon the culture. In this series the Fae take humans to toy with and then turn them into a Grim to serve them for eternity. After centuries of performing their duty of visiting those about to die they forget their previous lives and soon loose their humanity. They become the Grim and know nothing else but the pull to the human they are to visit and returning to their kennels to await their next job.
Aiden is a simple man, a hard working blacksmith on his way to marry the woman he loves when he finds himself bound to chains by a beautiful Fae princess. She wants him in her bed, but he refuses so she takes away his life, and kills his betrothed. She keeps him imprisoned thinking he will give in to her but he refuses her so she makes him a Grim. After serving for hundreds of years, he has almost lost all memory if his past.
Brooke is a young woman living in the twenty first century. She was born with the gift of magic and is now a practicing witch. She takes it very seriously, never abuses her gifts and abides by the laws of the craft. She uses her gifts to help people and to help keep the balance in the world. She is having an off period with her magic and after listening to her best friend tell tales about his grandmother, a powerful witch summoning El Guardia a large black dog that would come to her circle while casting a spell. The dog would protect those within the circle or help her with a difficult spell, Brooke decides to summon the dog to help her focus her magic.
Aiden crashes thru her ceiling and lands in her apartment, no longer a dog, somehow she had broken the spell and he is human now. The Princess Celynnen however isn't finished with him and tracks him down.
Together they have to find a way to stop her from killing those Brooke cares about and taking Aiden back to Faery and making him a Grim again.
During the time they spend plotting to overpower the Fae they fall in love and that makes the stakes higher. They find allies in Morgan and Rhys Brookes close friend and her new husband. Brooke is shocked to find out that Rhys had been a Grim as well and Morgan had saved him. They also find an unlikely ally in Lurien the Fae that leads the Wild Hunt. They must work together to overthrow Celynnen and release her hold on Aiden or Brooke may loose him forever.
If you love stories that delve into magic, myths and legends wrapped around a good romance then you have got to read this book.
I liked the second Grim book even more than the first. The beginning - in which we are privy to the agony caused by the capricious Far princess as she steals both Aidans future and his past - really grabbed me. I loved the strength of his spirit which is never broken over the interminable years of his servitude. I loved equally strong Brooke - in both magic and will - and I thought that the people in her life were great, I also really liked the subplot with the Lord of the Hunt (and hope he gets more screen time in future books). Plus I thought the cameo of the past pair was woven in effectively.
If I had a nit with the story, it is that there is so much that is great that is setup in the main conflicts in the story- that I wish the resolution hadn't been quite so quick and easy-utb that didn't lessen my enjoyment of the story.
So Storm Bound ended up being my favorite of Harper's stories so far and I am looking forward to more.