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(Into The Labyrinth – Book 1)
by Evelyn Avery
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
PNR, Fantasy, Slow Burn RH
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited
Down & Dirty
Take one of you favorite childhood movies, condense it to it’s fantasy elements, add some heat and plenty of darkness… and you have this unique, new fairytale. Free on Kindle Unlimited.
What is it about?
(Blurb from GoodReads)
They promised me that fairy tales couldn’t be real.
And then a man made of illusion and dark magic came to take me away.
My foster mother insisted I’d grow out of my overactive imagination. When I saw goblins dancing in the shadows on my bedroom walls, doctors armed with all the medication known to man tried their best to force the visions away.
They always swore I was one more pill from being normal.
And then my dreams became a waking nightmare.
The Erlking is cruel and obsessed. He wants to play a game, with the victor claiming the only prize that matters: my body and soul. I’ll have one chance to defeat him and escape this twisted dream.
Otherwise, I’ll be lost forever to his dark and seductive fantasy.
***The modern retelling of a fairy tale that never existed, Stolen by Shadows is a paranormal reverse harem romance for lovers of dream-like fantasy with a darker twist. Contains adult themes and may be triggering to some readers. This is the first book in a planned trilogy.***
Thoughts on Stolen by Shadows
I enjoyed this story, but I also loved the concept of the movie The Labyrinth, which this book strongly resembles…. but it is NOT the movie, if that makes sense? You can see the inspiration, but looking a touch deeper and you land at the Erlking – or as some may know him, The Goblin King. That story is actually far older than the puppets who sang and danced around a popular music star – and there are surely no puppets or choirs in this dark tale.
Instead, it infuses the kind of ‘fairytale’ ambiance reminiscent of Grimm, with splashes of modern flair and enough familiar scenes to make it approachable. The Erlking, a story from the 1700’s, is one of the more ominous Fae depictions in myth, and this blends that shadowy creature with our childhood imaginations, landing at a story that is both known and unknown.
It’s interesting, not exactly original, yet wholly unique. And there are no puppets. Or lost little brothers.
First and Third Person, Multiple POV
Adult – 18+
Character Age Range
My Final Verdict on Stolen By Shadows
A childhood favorite rewritten for an adult audience, blending old myths with modern flair and romance. Free on Kindle Unlimited.
Published May 7th, 2020
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