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Court of Crimson
(Twisted Fae – Book 1)
by Helen Scott & Lucinda Dark
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Fantasy, Fast Burn RH
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited
Down & Dirty
Fast paced and oddly seductive, this is a new type of fantasy from two very popular and talented authors. Free on Kindle Unlimited.
What is it about?
(Blurb from GoodReads)
Abandoned. Unwanted. Orphan.
In a time of war between mankind and fae, no one ventures outside of the safety of the human kingdom. Abandoned in the furthest corner of Amnestia, in a convent long forgotten by most, Cress grows up thinking she’s nothing more than a human of horrendous skill and grace.
One moment, the quiet countryside of Amnestia where she’s been raised her whole life is devoid of any danger and the next, it’s there. Powered by a strange magical spell, a castle appears seemingly from nowhere. Ruled by a court of fae few humans had ever laid eyes on and lived to tell the tale, Cress stumbles right into the center of three royal princes. There, she discovers that perhaps she’s not a human at all, but a changeling–a fae child left behind in the ancient tradition of an extinct court.
In the face of possible execution, she better hope she’s a fae, because the worst thing a girl can be in the court of crimson is human.
This is a Reverse Harem Fantasy suitable for readers 18 and over.
Thoughts on Court of Crimson
This book, in a word, is fast. From the introduction to the actual action, things move at a steady pace – though it doesn’t feel rushed, if that makes sense. There is little build up and details are dropped with the aplomb of ashes, but it still managed to form a cohesive, and appealing, story that drew me in.
From previous Helen Scott endeavors, I recognized the wit and humor that speckled Cress’s inner monologues, while the heat and searing emotion could come from none other than Lucinda Dark. I could be completely wrong about that, but somehow while I was reading, my brain decided to separated who wrote what, even though it all worked so well together. I’ve read author duos in the pas that didn’t quite jive like they should have.
I truly enjoyed the beginning of this series, though there were a few times when it felt like scenes were dropped – as though a paragraph or two was edited out and resulted in a decided lack of flow. (Her hallway conversation with Ariana comes to mind). Despite that, it was a delightful tale full of unique magic, court politics, and plenty of lust.
First Person, Multiple POV
Character Age Range
My Final Verdict on Court of Crimson
Fast paced and unique, this is a Fae Fantasy with a Reverse Harem flair. Often witty and emotionally intense, it’s a great addition to these author portfolios and is free on Kindle Unlimited.
Court of Crimson
Published February 28th, 2020
If you enjoyed this review of Court of Crimson, please consider checking out a few of my other articles.
- The Halfling by H.D. Gordon – A Book Review
- Voiceless by M. Sinclair – A Book Review
- Hunting Fiends for the Ill-Equipped by Annette Marie – A Book Review
What are you reading today? Have you read this book yet? What other books by Helen Scott or Lucinda Dark have you enjoyed? Leave a comment, I would love to talk!
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