A decent read
Mara Geary faces a bleak future in the village of Little Hazel until, on the eve of her seventeenth birthday, strange glowing lights entice her into the mysterious shadows under the trees. She follows, hoping for adventure. What she finds is her destiny.
Prince of the Dark Elves, Brannon Luthinor has spent his life becoming a powerful warrior in order to save his people. Now on the eve of war, his fate is rapidly approaching. Brought together by prophecy, Bran and Mara forge an unlikely alliance. But in the face of evil, will they be able to trust their lives - and their hearts - to one another?
From USA Today bestselling author Anthea Sharp, a richly-imagined fantasy romance uniting an adventurous young woman and a fearsome Dark Elf warrior, in a magical tale reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast. Perfect for fans of Grace Draven, Sarah J. Maas, and Juliet Marillier.
Second Place Winner, PRISM Contest, Best Young Adult Novel
Second Place Winner, International Digital Awards Contest
Third Place Winner, Book Buyer's Best Contest, Young Adult
The book is a good introduction to the next books, Hawthorne and Raine. Can't wait to get started on them.
The story was good (if a bit predictable) but the plot development was hasty.
There was no time to get to know the characters (or for them to get to know each
other) before the next major event in the book happened.
Its a good quick read though.
Good premise and interesting but felt like the ending of the book was so rushed that a lot of things were missing. Maybe that was the intention but it really felt lacking
This is a new to me author. I'm so glad I found her while browsing for a fantasy read. Immediately I was drawn into the story of Mara Geary who wanted adventure in her humdrum life as a maid. Be careful what you ask for. She finds a troublesome key and ends up in the Dark Elf world as part of a prophecy and bound to an honor-bound Elven Prince. The two characters struggle with accepting each other, especially Mara who's been transported to a strange world of magic and evil creatures. But she steps up and is an amazingly strong character.
Great world-building and character development.
Like the writing, the characters, the world building that had magic, action, mystery. I did feel some parts were rushed and could have been more and longer.
Still a good read.
Yesterday, I finished a book that I couldn't get out of my head. I hated that other book, and skipped a lot of it, but I still had this yucky residue left inside me. I wanted a book to make me forget the other book. This book was perfect. Magic, loyalty, love. It could have been longer (some reviewers said it was rushed) but I didn't mind that. I enjoyed the characters. I am ready to begin book 2 and hope it will draw me in as well. SO GLAD I FOUND THIS BOOK & AUTHOR!!!!
Book one exposes us to the magical world of elfhame, though it’s beauty isn’t defined the same as what we think. Here, honor, duty, and prophecies define the paths of life. Now that I have met these characters, there is no doubt that I need to find out what lies in their future. All my reviews are always voluntarily written.