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- Publication Date: October 30, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B015LQM54G
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Twelve Days Of Faery (Shards Of A Broken Sword Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Okay, sorry, I'll focus on the story itself. So, the love interests of Prince Parrin have been dropping like flies, and good old dad, King Markon, has spent the last two years trying to find someone or something that can break the curse on his son. With a cursed heir, the succession of the crown is in jeopardy. Also, he feels pretty bad for his son. And really awful about all the girls who've suffered because of him. Just as Markon is deciding to call it quits, declare another heir, and--well, he still doesn't want to wall Parrin off from the world--Althea shows up to break the curse. Markon does not precisely give her permission to make the attempt, but Althea goes right ahead and works her way into the thick of things before he knows what to expect. But everything she does, however risky, is a considered risk, and she typically has a trick up her sleeve to handle it. Markon finds himself tagging along as they track down the source of the magical "curse" which seems to have something to do with fae magic... But why would the fae be involved? Is it really the fae or someone who has a hold on them? And what would that hold be?
This story took so many twists and turns, even though I figure out the arch villains halfway through, the how and the why kept me guessing. I'll admit to wishing one of the baddies, a bit lower down on the totem pole but of great import, had had a bit more depth and intelligence to her. I tend to find the vehement, angry, self-serving villains not quite so persuasive. Then again, she was a tool for others, so I suppose that works. Depth and intelligence would not have made her a particularly good tool. Note also that this is somewhat light-hearted in the sense that, while dark stuff happens, this book is not filled with deep themes and emotional turmoil. It's fast, and fun, and I laughed out loud at least twice.
This is my first by Ms. Gingell, but I immediately pre-ordered the next book in the series when I finished it. How does this book not have more ratings and reviews? I can admit that I wasn't drawn in by the cover (nope) and the title made me wonder if this was a spin-off of a Christmas story (nope), but I have never been more glad that I actually read the blurb and then the sample. Go get this story now! You won't regret it.
Overall, a solid 4.5 stars.
I read this in two sittings with one brief break for lunch. In case you hadn’t guessed, I was hooked. A clean, fun slant to fairytale retellings, the story sweeps you along like an undercurrent. I was impressed with the degree and skill of the character development the author wove in during the (implied) timeline of only twelve days.
Oh, Markon was adorable. Despite being king, he gets flustered and indignant (mostly internally). When he tries to be flirty, there’s this sweetness and boyishness to it that earns all the <3 ‘s. He is a little jaded and a little cynical, but who wouldn’t be, considering his circumstances? His interactions with his son were precious and the mentions of his past war feats and the woes of his reign helped remind us that he’s been through a great deal.
Althea was an equally anomalous portrayal of the “great enchantress” archetype. Dressing more like a school ma’am than a sorceress, she is nonetheless powerful, strong-willed, and independent. I truly appreciated her portrayal and how the author managed to embrace the feminine aspects of her character.
Most of the other characters come and go, but I mostly enjoyed them as well. The depictions of the fae as being neither benevolent or necessarily evil reminds me more of the original mythology.
Cloistered in my dorm room, I enjoyed this immensely and have already downloaded the next book. I cannot wait to see where the story goes!
I wouldn’t call it romance, thought the book follows Markon on his journey to fall in love with the girl he thinks supposed to be his son’s fiancé. However, let face the truth, he didn’t stand a chance from the beginning. Anyway this is, I think a very sweet, very respectful take on May/December trope.
What I love the most was the way the story is told. Despite being told from Markon point of view, this is undeniably Althea’s story. Markon serves as a fascinated and intrigued bystander. I think it is very heartening to see a strong woman through powerful man’s eyes, who respects and admires her, instead of being intimidated.
I wish magic and world building were a bit more developed, but it is a tiny tiny complaint.