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The Guardian (The Faerie Wars – Book 1)
by Quinn Arthurs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Slow Burn, RH Paranormal Fantasy
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited
Down and Dirty
Interesting start to a new series, took me by surprise. Worth a look.
What is it about?
When Tourmaline’s mother died, her only request was that her daughter perform the Rite of Passing and Call the Guardians. Though she no longer believes in the magic and mayhem her mother spouted her entire life, Tori will honor her last wishes and send her spirit to rest as she asked. She may have been crazy, but she was still her mother, and Tori loved her – loved her enough to clip a lock of hair, light the candles, paint the runes and whisper a spell into the darkened kitchen. That moment, those words and that intention changed everything…
Suddenly surrounded by three incredibly hot, and incredibly annoyed, men, Tori is left floundering and confused. She had called them? How? Why? And what did they want with her?
I’m still on the fence with this series, but I’ll definitely read Book 2 when it comes out. It starts as the typical fated RH story; girl with hidden past, the guys who help her discover it and are meant to guard, and love, her. Let’s not forget the required prophecy. Pretty standard PNR RH fare…. or so I thought.
It shakes the script about a third of the way in. Oh, she still has a hidden past and they still guard her, but SHE’S a Guardian too… or will be. Add in a few other differing details and you are left with a story that fits with the RH theme, but diverges from the traditional and standard PNR RH fairly well. It is even a slow burn, though the original impression (not to mention immediate talk of prophecy and soulmates) made a fast burn more probable.
All in all, I enjoyed this novel. It hit all the usual points, but veered just enough sideways to stand alone and stand out in my mind.
First Person, Single POV
- Not exactly what you think it will be.
- Onyx… jerk of a guy, kinda love him.
- Can feel a complex history being built.
- Slow burn.
- Some scenes are truly laugh out loud.
- Formulaic… at first.
- Felt rushed.
- Info dump a time or two.
It gets better as it goes along, producing a final product you didn’t quite expect. Worth Reading.
Published January 15th, 2019
Please note, this is a Reverse Harem Series with scenes and themes more suited to older audiences. 18+
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