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(The Blooming Courts – Book 1)
by Kendra Moreno & Poppy Woods
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Fast Burn, Fantasy RH
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited
Down & Dirty
A unique take on myths and legends, tempered with a fast heat romance and growing mystery – this new release is free on Kindle Unlimited.
What is it about?
(Blurb from GoodReads)
A deadly disease has spread through the Blooming Courts of Tuatha.
The louloudi are meant to flourish for a thousand years before they return to the Earth. Death has been a distant foe for so long, no one spares it any thought. Until now. As sickness sweeps through the kingdom, with the cure always just out of reach, the courts have never been filled with so many blossoms. Even in death, they breathe life.
Ila Slystina has been raised in the confines of the Orchidasi Kingdom, wanting for nothing, hidden away like some sparkling treasure, but she dreams of so much more. When she’s caught returning from a forbidden trip, her mother, the Orchidasi Queen, punishes her the only way she sees fit.
Ila is sent on her season far earlier than she should be. Now, she’s being paraded through the twelve courts like a prized cow and she wants nothing more than to escape.
Her mother wants her to collect power.
But Ila finds herself collecting hearts instead.
With death surrounding her on every side, and new dangers sprouting up at every turn, can Ila learn to balance the mischief that sings in her soul with her duty to her people?
After all, the courts aren’t the only things that must bloom . . .
Thoughts on Resurrect
There is something seductive about this series, even when it doesn’t make sense. We are, quite literally, dropped into the narrative – and spend the rest of the time trying to catch up. The authors do the readers the respect of not hand feeding the details or world building, yet there also seemed to be little guidance, nor explanation regarding the expansive rules that seem to infuse this universe. Once it starts to become more clear, the plot takes off and things become more interesting – and heated.
Over all, I really enjoyed it, even if I was left baffled more often than I would like. The heat between Ila and the humans is explosive, if a touch misplaced. For now, they seem to just be place holders in the tale, a necessary addition that stumbles through the chapters without really holding onto anything – at least not yet. I am writing this review from the perspective beyond Book 3, so I can tell you that they WILL play a stronger role…. just not so much in Book 1. Here, they seem placed to expose Ila’s rebellious nature, which in turn just annoys Olis… so, good times all around. And speaking of Olis, I rather love that grouchy guard. Can I keep him?
As for the actual narrative and story flow, it jives only mildly with the blurb – at least the first line. There IS a sickness permeating the courts, yet the happenstance feels like a toss away point in Book 1, an introduction, if you will. Right now, in these pages, its hard to see just HOW important those toss away petals really are. It’s a well done nod to tension building, and the foundation to the point is well done.
First Person, Multiple POV
MMMMF, final count unknown.
Character Age Range
My Final Verdict on Resurrect
Very original, yet hauntingly familiar to myth and legend, this Epic Fantasy novel grabs the Reverse Harem genre by its preverbal roots and shakes it around in true Irish fashion. Interesting, oddly compelling and occasionally confusing, this novel is free on Kindle Unlimited.
Published February 25th, 2020
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