The Rowan by Stella Brie – A Book Review

Posted February 12, 2021 by Booksandblurbs in Reverse Harem, Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 0 Comments

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The Rowan

(The Killian Blade Series – Book 1)

by Stella Brie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Urban Fantasy, Medium Burn RH
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Down & Dirty

A Witch of Unknown powers and a group of ancient, powerful Supernaturals compelled to protect her against threats none of them can see…. free on Kindle Unlimited.

What it it about?

(Blurb from GoodReads)

For over three hundred years, Arden’s very existence has been hidden. Until one night, when the latest assassination attempt fails and the third Killian blade makes its appearance.

A powerful witch with little knowledge of her heritage, Arden’s first step on the path of destiny is The Abbey. A place of sanctuary and power, it’s a haven in a sea of unknowns and where she hopes to find an ally.

An Elven prince, a Fae lord, the First Vampire, a warlock, and the King of Dragons make up the Imperium Cadre, one of the most powerful cadres in existence. Owning and managing The Abbey for over a thousand years, they’re not known for taking in strays. But Lord Theron’s life debt paves Arden’s entry into the formidable sphere of their protection.

As the sweeping winds of change blow, Arden and the cadre will navigate the path of destiny together. Secrets are revealed, heritage found, and alliances forged and lost.

Note from the Publisher:

Warning: This is a why choose, reverse harem, paranormal, urban fantasy romance, with FMMMMM relationship. 18+ years of age due to mature content.

My Thoughts on The Rowan

This is one of those books that has more layers than details, while each facet is dropped with aplomb, though there are a few that sneak through with careless abandon. I enjoyed it, but it did speed through a few steps in the relationship building process, not to mention scant world building that leaves the reader floundering while trying to understand the underlying plot.

It’s fast, very hot and more than a bit confusing. There are pieces in play that won’t become apparent till later installments, at least I am hoping they do. By the end, the picture is a bit clearer – but it is still so dang FAST! Not short of pages, but quick on events. Maybe that is the point?

All over, it is interesting and worth reading – I am going to be following and hope things even out in book 2, because this base plot? It’s fantastic!!


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My Final Verdict on The Rowan

Fast, magical and rather intriguing, this is a high octane adventure that serves as an introduction and foundation to what promises to be a compelling tale. Free on Kindle Unlimited.

The Rowan

Published January 4th, 2021
234 Pages

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