SHADES OF FAE BOX SET

Shades of Fae
Box Set
Multi author
paranormal, mythology, romance
Carter and Bailey Publishing
Kindle

Not every fairytale has a happily ever after.

We know only three things about the Fae: they don't lie, they cheat. What they aren't given, they take. And if they can't rule ... they conquer.

Now the fate of humanity lies in a battle between good and evil where lines are not easily drawn.

Time travel to 19th century France, brave the gritty streets of New York city, or enter the realm of the Fae itself in this darkly enchanting collection ...

Sinister Sidhe and Dark Elves manipulate mortals, vengeful Fae warriors battle nefarious vampire lords, and an apocalypse rife with werewolves, dragons, nymphs, banshees, shifters, and supernatural hunters brings danger.

This is a limited edition box set of 23 full length novels only available to followers of CK Dawn.

Wicked paranormal reading with a Fae orientation but…

Reviews of #1-6

  •  Remnants of Ash by CK Dawn

4 stars

Here mortals meet the Fae with an Apocalypse coming along. And shock horror, it turns out that the 4 Fae nobles are the 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse them selves and thus bringers of evil whether they belong to the Light or Dark Fae Courts. Their aim – the Fall of Humanity.

But 1 Horseman turns on his own. An unusual but good re-telling of how the Apocalypse comes about. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next installment. 

  • The Shaded Veil by Shawnee Small

Another 4 star. A story about how to bumble your way into the world of the Fae – and to find out that your lazy worker is really a Fae prince in disguise. Oops!

Fun and flirty.

  • Sleeping Beauty’s Untimely Murder by  Cheri Schmidt and Tristan Hunt

So once upon a time Briar rose fell asleep and was awoken by true love’s kisses after her Prince battles his way through roses to her. 

Or alternatively, he inherits a castle and finds a ghost inhabiting a tower. And it has nothing at all to do with a wicked step-mother, but there is a Evil Fairy – male by the way – involved.

Another 4 star.

  • A Fey’s Wolf by Elle Boon

Only a 2 star for this one.

I got bored half-way through and abandoned it. Clearly a lot of back story – was this part of a series? I fund it too confusing and for me, the story didn’t stand alone.

  • Of Water and Blood by Pauline Creedon

Another 4 star story.

Normally I  don’t like heroines who are only 17 years old, but this one was very mature for her age. But, her ‘friend’ and accomplice was very immature and didn’t appeal as a hero. Still, a good story-line.

  • Fatal illusion by Tamari Etherton

Another 4 star!

So someone is tricking the Fae and putting them in lockets and then taking them to the human world. And rori is right in the middle of it – along with her brother and an Elven Prince.

I liked Rori. she is my kind of heroine. But she still has a lot of growing up to do….

  • lFAE101 by Cyndia Faria
  • A Kiss of shadow by Isadora Brown
  • Resisiting Moonlight by Amy L gal
  • Awaken by charlene A Wilson
  • Destiny’s Fae by katalina leon
  • Beauty sleep by J A Armitage
  • The Winter Sun by Megan J Parker and Nathan Squires
  • The triad’s Evolution by Lynda Kaye Frazier
  • Second to none by Kim Carmicahael’
  • the curse of the Fallen by Coleen Haleson
  • Forsaken by Danielle Rose
  • The Last ringmaster by Lynda Haviland
  • Hunted by Dyan Chick
  • The Brothers Djinn by Cate Rowan
  • A Capital Abduction by JB Michaels
  • Desolation by RS Broadhead
  • Marked Paradox by Jen L Grey and Heather Renee

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Legends and Lore Box Set: Mythology Multi Genre

Legends and Lore Box Set: Mythology Multi Genre
paranormal romance, fae, witches and wizards, sirens
Dec 2017
Kindle

Enter the labyrinth of Legends and Lore and meet a host of notorious beings that will change the way you view the mythological world.

You know the names but you don’t know the incredible stories behind them. Minotaurs, descendants of monsters, demi-gods, and fantastic creatures, are just a few of the characters contained within these pages.

There are 21 short stories – some very short and others longer – in this box set.

I shall review in sets of 7 and give an average of stars per set.

  1. Two if by Sea

Ines Johnson

A novella about Vivi from her previous Nia Rivers series, who is a river magical creature, with a shoe fetish (she explains this as being because all she ever saw were people’s feet and the shoes they wore from her river bed).

So Vivi, who had been given a pair of enchanted shoes in the previous books so she could walk (she was crippled), goes in search of some up-dated shoes from the same designer. The new ones were coming out in his shop in Rome, only the ley line she travelled on dumped in in the Athenian sea at the feet of Poseidon. He introduces her to modern life and its small issues like cars and roads and hotels….

A good novella with a charming Vivi. 4 stars.

2. Well Loved

Emma Nichols

So here there are some twins with the smaller, and weaker twin being a girl.  She is very sick, probably dying and modern medecine can do little for her. Her father and brother are determined to find a way she can be healed and so research lores and legends finding Brigid, the Celtic Goddess and Catholic Saint in Ireland with a reputation for miracles.  Note: Holy Wells feature in this story.

3 stars.

3. Stealing Persephone: Isadora Brown

A story about Dream Walking that I couldn’t be bothered to finish. 2 stars

4. Mercury Rising: Rebekkah Lewis

Hybris is the goddess of Hubris and having a tempestuous love affair with Hermes – who is sad for the wood nymph that Apollo has stolen from the satyr Melancron, and is keeping chained up in his temple until she ‘admits’ to being in love with him. if ever…

A rather slow short story. 3 stars.

5. Hearts and Arrows: Natasha Larry

There is Venus, Cupid and Arrows plus Sirens and their daughters in this story. Do remember that Gods feed on the love of their worshippers – no love = no God and no Power. Hence Cupid is now living in a run-down trailer.

Not exciting. 3 stars.

6. How to Defeat a Demi-God: Nicole Zoltack

When a vampire-hunter goes to Italy for a change of scene and to hunt for serial killer, he doesn’t expect to find Medusa working out her revenge for a love gone bad.

Okay. 3 stars.

7. Cassie’s Curse: Liz Gavin

In Cassie’s family the women are descendants of the Delphic Oracle and obtain their gift of prophecy from Apollo – by being his worshipper – and lover. What happens when you reject Apollo?

Okay. 3 stars.

8.Goddess of Time: Monica Corwin

Morgana and Arthur and some enchanted islands. Didn’t enchant me. 2 stars.

9. Ovid’s Folly: Todd Skaggs

Medusa again but not an intentional serial killer. A modified curse but in some ways worse.

Quite enjoyable. 4 stars.

10. Hellbent: Tina Glasneck

11. Secret husband: Normandie Alleman

12. Water Warrior: Pauline Creedon

13. Gods and Monster’s: Jill Cooper

14. The Yaga Legacy: Debbie Cassidy

15. The Medusa Consiracy: Jackson Dean Chase

16. Hearth, Home and Havoc: RJ Blain

17. Tears of Stone: Raine English

18. In the Essence of Blood: Melle Amade

19. Aterion: Katalina Leon

20. The Fight of the Sorceress: Leona Bushman

21. Gods and Nymphs: Shannon Eckrich & Rebecca Hamilton

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Bargains cost

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The Bargainer #1-3
Laura Thalassa
paranormal romance, fae, witches and wizards, sirens
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(15 Nov. 2016)

Callypso Lillis is a siren with a very big problem, one that stretches up her arm and far into her past. For the last seven years she’s been collecting a bracelet of black beads up her wrist, magical IOUs for favors she’s received. Only death or repayment will fulfill the obligations. Only then will the beads disappear. Everyone knows that if you need a favor, you go to the Bargainer to make it happen. He’s a man who can get you anything you want … at a price. And everyone knows that sooner or later he always collects. But for one of his clients, he’s never asked for repayment. Not until now. When Callie finds the fae king of the night in her room, a grin on his lips and a twinkle in his eye, she knows things are about to change. At first it’s just a chaste kiss—a single bead’s worth—and a promise for more. For the Bargainer, it’s more than just a matter of rekindling an old romance. Something is happening in the Otherworld. Fae warriors are going missing one by one. Only the women are returned, each in a glass casket, a child clutched to their breast. And then there are the whispers among the slaves, whispers of an evil that’s been awoken. If the Bargainer has any hope to save his people, he’ll need the help of the siren he spurned long ago. Only, his foe has a taste for exotic creatures, and Callie just happens to be one

I just kept reading!

At first I thought there were only 2 books and then I found a third and this was flagged as the final instalment. But I wanted more and sure enough a 4th is now due. I can’t wait.

Great fantasy series with a Fae granting wishes and favours rather than the devil and he is not after souls. Rather he wants favours in return that are hard to grant and often dangerous.

Turns out to be a grand romance series too. With a love that is waited for over many centuries.

Beautiful book covers too…

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When you are a spy in a foreign land

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The Invisible Library #3
Genevieve Cogman
Alternative history, sword and sorcery, historical, fantasy
Pan Macmillan
December 13, 2016
357

The third title in Genevieve Cogman's clever and exciting The Invisible Library series, The Burning Page is an action-packed literary adventure! When it's your job to save the day - where do you start?Librarian spy Irene has standards to maintain, especially while on probation. And absconding from a mission via a besieged building doesn't look good. But when her escape route home goes up in flames, what's a spy to do? However, it seems Gates back to the Library are malfunctioning across dozens of worlds. Worse still, her nemesis Alberich is responsible -and he plans to annihilate the Library itself.Irene and assistant Kai are posted to St Petersburg, to help combat this threat. Here Alberich emerges, as Irene tries to save her friend Vale and foil assassination attempts. Then one incredibly dangerous opportunity to save the Library emerges. Saving herself would be a bonus . . .Irene's adventures feature stolen books, secret agents and forbidden societies - think Doctor Who but with librarian spies!

I liked this story  better than book number 2.  Here Irene has to face and outwit her nemesis Alberich and it is not easy. Tricky even. Especially as Alberich ‘steals’ skins – yes truly – he skins people and then wears their skins…he wants the chaos that Irene is struggling to prevent.

An alternate world is in a struggle between the dragons and the Fae for the Ottoman Empire and Irene is drawn into this through her mentee  Kai, and to make matters more difficult the doors to this alternate have been disabled as they demonstrated ‘strange’ behaviour.

There were attempted murders – not unusual of course for Irene; Vale had gone to a high chaos world (Venice from the previous book) even though warned not to, and of course it was then expected that Irene and Kai would follow him and attempt to bring him back, but Kai couldn’t visit a high chaos world; still Vale was rescued but was contaminated and thus out of action;  and contamination limited access to the Library of course; and then there were werewolves involved;  and poison and tunnels; and so it all follows.

A very busy time indeed for Irene, and yet she survives her adventures, shaken but not…

4.5

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The Fairies are Faeries and Fae

I bought a set of ten Faery Realm novellas recently as something fairly light to read as the book club book was too depressing – but that’s another blog…

So here are some brief reviews of 10 books – some seriously as long as some novels and some just a few pages really with the idea for a longer story incorporated within the text if it could be extracted. Most of them come with 4 stars – and some are parts of series and some I have already bought and read the next book…

Book number 1 was by Rachel Morgan entitled The Faerie Guardian was about Creepy Hollow the place where guardians are trained to deal with nasties.

This is a YA with a kick-ass heroine – usually top of her training class in all areas including boxing and sword play, archery and martial arts who has serous ‘powers’. In this fairy story the fairies have very cool hair with streaks which match their eye colour, which is nice if your eyes are therefore blue, but not so good if your eyes are scarlet!

As with all teenagers there are some rebellious ones who like to flirt with danger and thus go to an ‘Underground’ club to dance and listen to the music. Not so bad you would think except that the Underground is where the seriously bad fairies live. And is definitely forbidden territory.

They have living plants above ground which for sure have a mind of their own. Especially Nigel the Vine.

Book 2: The Withering Palace by Alexia Purdy is about a ‘living’ palace and queendom (hardly a kingdom as never any kings only consorts) where the Queen is chosen by a duel with the previous Queen, usually her mother.  Another YA novel when it starts for sure but as the new Queen ages there is evidence that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The palace is also involved in this as it helps to choose who it considers to be the rightful queen and assists her in her duel and during her life.

Book 3: Dark Promise by Julia Crane and Talia Jager is the story of a changeling. This idea of fairies swapping human children for their own comes up and usually means something bad about the fairy child – they are evil or something. The human lives on without magic but in the stories about changelings we usually don’t hear much about them. In this story, as is traditional, the babies were swapped soon after birth. But we do find out what happened about the human child and we do find out that the fairy mother had a good reason. Though this doesn’t really endear her to her child overmuch and it takes a very long time for any sort of reconciliation to take place and then only because of some extreme circumstances.

Book 4: Feyland: 1st Adventure is by Anthea Sharp and is the prequel to the Feyland Trilogy – which I have read book 1 of already. Feyland is the computer based world that becomes reality when Jennet hacks in. A very dangerous world and of course a very precocious young heroine.

Not recommended reading if you have young gamers as I might just encourage them to find out just what they could hack into! They just might like this idea too much…

Book 5: Blood Faerie by India Drummond. I really liked this book – it is based in Scotland – which is a favoured location for other worldly beings and is a really good story that introduces a series. O confess to already having read book 2 and having bought Book 3 to savour later.

An elf who has been banished for her unusual grasp of magic teams up with a somewhat unusual Scottish policeman to solve crimes.

Druids and the isle of Skye also feature, as well as dark magic that uses blood – as if often the case – to strengthen it.

Book 6: Hood and Fae by Tara Maya is a refreshing re-telling of a favourite fairy story – with a ‘hood’ that is fashion conscious.

As I have said before a good funny kickass heroine really makes a book for me – if I need a bit of a lift and the really dark and psychologically challenging are just a bit too much to cope with…

Book 7: Dark Fae  by the prolific Terry Spears  is another YA book. With a number of questions that arise. Who is the mystery girl? And who were her parents? And were they Royal? And is this a ‘take’ on Cinderella? Kidnap or worse?

Fae politics are very complicated indeed.

Book 8: Ehriad  by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson is about a monster hunting bounty hunter – looking for creatures from the ‘otherworld’. Portals in various odd places permit movement from one world to another.

In this story The Morrigan is the Celtic goddess of War and Strive.

Book 9: Once: A gypsy story by Dana Michelle Burnett – not really my cup of tea this one with gypsies and I skipped over very fast. Fog and Grandmothers and superstitions’.

Book 10: Fae Horse is a very short story by Anthea Sharp  is about  the nasty Night Mare – the horse that gives us bad dreams and if you encounter her – don’t ride her!

 

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