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Undertow: Book Seven of the SoulShares Series (Volume 7) Paperback – July 13, 2016
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About the Author
Rory Ni Coileain majored in creative writing, back when Respectable Colleges didn’t offer such a major. She had to design it herself, at a university which boasted one professor willing to teach creative writing: a British surrealist who went nuts over students writing dancing bananas in the snow but did not take well to high fantasy. Graduating Phi Beta Kappa at the age of 19, she sent off her first short story to an anthology that was being assembled by an author she idolized, and received one of those rejection letters that puts therapists’ kids through college. For the next 30 years or so she found other things to do, such as going to law school, ballet dancing (at more or less the same time), volunteering as a lawyer with Gay Men’s Health Crisis, and nightclub singing, until her stories started whispering to her. Currently, she’s a lawyer and a legal editor; the proud mother of a proud Brony and budding filmmaker; and is busily wedding her love of myth and legend to her passion for m/m romance. She is a four-time Rainbow Award finalist.
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Mac is a Vietnam veteran whose partner of 34 years, Lucien, was badly injured in an explosion. Lucien has been in a coma for over two months when Rhoann arrives and tells Mac he can cure Lucien. But how? Lucien already has a partner who loves him very much. How does Rhoann fit into the picture?
The Marfach are the villains of the piece and are trying to find something important that they can use against the fae. If Rhoann remains in his watery isolation he risks being caught and destroyed by the Marfach. If he tries to cure Lucien he may sever the relationship between Mac and Lucien. Rhoann can’t go home but he can’t stay here. It’s a conundrum of epic proportions that will take all three to solve.
The sex is hot, the twists in the plot are shattering and exciting to follow, the characters are wonderful and so easy to fall in love with them. I’m afraid to give more details for fear of spoiling the story. You can jump in with this book but I really think you would enjoy it more if you had the background of the previous books of the series. At least read #1, Hard as Stone, first to get the world building that Ms. Ni Coiliean is so expert at crafting. Great book, excellent series, fun to read.
And once more I was stunned by the richness of the world Rory Ni Coileain continues to create. Just when you think there’s nothing new to be added, a pleasant surprise jumps at you from the pages.
In the seventh instalment there is not only a new kind of Fae but also a new kind of Soul Sharing. The Fae of the book, Rhoann Callte, fascinated me to no end. He’s truly special, not only because he is Half-Royal and a shape-shifter. It’s because his attitude and behavior are world apart from most of the other Fae we already know. For him love and self-sacrifice are woven one into another and this makes his magick so special.
Another thing I liked very much about Undertow was the story of Mac and Lucien, past and present with so much heartbreak and sweetness going hand in hand. Deep in love from the very beginning and going through so much together, they have even more love waiting in store for them.
We have, of course, special appearance from all other Fae and their beloved humans from the Demesne of Purgatory. One of my absolutely favorite scenes in the book is the conversation between Kevin and Tiernan. (You’ll see what I’m talking about when you read it).
Talking about scenes, one thing is certain: Ms. Ni Coileain has seen every single one of them while writing. There is a huge difference between a book that was seen and where the characters were really talking and one that was simply fabricated.
Undertow was definitely a book of the first kind. It deserves its five stars and like for the first book of the series, I’m inclined to say it actually deserves more.
*I was given an ARC in exchange for a honest review*
ARC given for an honest review.