This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Emma Hamm. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Heart of the Fae by Emma Hamm
Series: The Otherworld #1
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fairy Tales, Fantasy
Release Date: November 26, 2017
Publisher: Independently Published
Source: Author, Emma Hamm
Purchase at: Amazon
Beauty and the Beast and Irish Mythology mix in this sweeping retelling of the beloved fairytale!
Once upon a time…
A plague sweeps across the emerald hills of Uí Néill, leaving a young midwife’s father with months to live. To save her people, Sorcha makes a deal with a dangerous Fae. She must travel across the sea, through merrow and kelpie lands, to find a forgotten king on a crumbling throne.
Born king of the Seelie Fae, Eamonn fought battles unnumbered to uphold honor, duty, and freedom… until his twin brother sank a blade between his shoulders. Crystals grew from the wound, splitting open skin and bone. His people banished him to a cursed isle for his disfigurement, now king of criminals and fools.
With the help of brownies, pixies, and will-o’-the-wisps, Sorcha battles to break through his crystalline shell and persuade him to take back his stolen throne.
This determined beauty could come dangerously close to stealing his beastly heart.
This story, Heart of the Fae, has my heart completely and utterly. This was such a delightful story! If you love any rendition of the Beauty and the Beast story then this is a story you will absolutely love. Especially if you are fans of A Court of Thorns and Roses, because the main character of this story reminds me of a broody Tamlin. Except in this story Eamonn has been banished from his people for having a unique disfigurement.
The Seelie fae are creatures who expect beauty to be perfection and when Eamonn was outed by his twin brother for being less than perfect he was slated for death. Turns out whenever Eamonn’s skin was sliced, scuffed, or pricked he would “bleed” crystals. Not very beautiful in the world of the fae. When the attempt to kill Eamonn was unsuccessful, he was banished from his kingdom to a prison island of sorts called Hy-brasil. For many years Eamonn had been alone with the exception of other fae who had also received a sentence of banishment.
In the world of humans, Sorcha of Uí Néill had a most unusual upbringing. Taken in by the owner of a brothel after her mother had been burned at the stake as a witch, Sorcha had spent a better part of her life being midwife to her sisters and the women of the brothel. Her one dream in life was that she would be accepted into the healer profession and work her trade as a healer. Unfortunately, that was only a dream in the patriarchal society in which she lived. When a plague came to Uí Néill that had devastating consequences Sorcha had to implore the help of the fae in order to save her family.
Sorcha knew that to make a deal with any fae was a terrible idea but she had no one else to turn to as she had already been ignored by the healer’s guild. All she wanted was a cure to the plague that was killing her father and countless others but in order to gather the information she needed she would have to go to the Hy-brasil and convince Eamonn, the stone king, to return with her to the land of man as payment for the deal she made with a fae. Seeing as he was a surly beast of a fae who did not even care if he lived or died, it did not seem possible that Sorcha was going to be able to convince him to help her but Sorcha was determined to make him listen to her.
Eamonn had zero interest in Sorcha’s request to accompany her back to her homeland in order to help her find a cure. He could care less about mankind or anyone else. The only emotion that he knew was anger and that was all he cared about. Sorcha was determined to make Eamonn change his mind and refused to leave even though he had made it clear that she was unwelcome. With the passage of time Eamonn’s defenses to Sorcha began to crack and crumble but with war on the horizon, Eamonn had to keep his focus on his revenge. As time was ticking down Sorcha would have to attempt to change his mind by any means necessary even if it meant losing her heart in the process.
Heart of the Fae is a unique retelling of the Beauty and the Beast tale and I loved it! I adored all of the creative twists that were applied throughout this story. The inclusion of both Seelie and Unseelie characters was wonderful as well as how Sorcha interacted with them while on the island of Hy-brasil. The romance was downright swoon worthy and the ending – major cliff hanger! Really added interest to this saga and I am definitely begging for the next book in the series! Wow, is all I have to say about this entire story! It was such a fast read for me and once finished, all I wanted to do was pick the story back up again and get lost between its covers. I am a fan of Heart of the Fae and I cannot implore you enough not to miss out on this gem of a story!
*Thank you to Author Emma Hamm for this eARC of Heart of the Fae*