The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

Fairyland, Book 1

Synopsis: Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday.

With exquisite illustrations by acclaimed artist Ana Juan, Fairyland lives up to the sensation it created when the author first posted it online. For readers of all ages who love the charm of Alice in Wonderland and the soul of The Golden Compass, here is a reading experience unto itself: unforgettable, and so very beautiful.

Review: After seeing some nice reviews about this series, I confess that I was quite curious to try it and discover the September’s story.

September is a twelve years old girl who would like to go on an adventure and change her life. The solution comes in the form of Green Wind who offers her to go to Fairyland and so discover this new world. From there she will meet some characters who become her friends as Ell, a dragon who is not a dragon and Saturday a little endearing boy, who will help her throughout their adventures. But the place is governed by a Marquess, a young woman that everyone fears and who dictates the actions of each character. While September discovers this place so different from her own country, she meets many unusual characters such as Death, Ly or even Goodbye. Yes names that we do not expect to find here, and yet that makes us smile every time and I loved to discover more. But while her quest progresses, she will be forced to return and to obey to the Marquess, this detestable woman who tries to trap her.

I liked the ideas of the author here. We have a history in a « Alice in Wonderland » way. The author even has her own voice throughout the pages, giving us the impression of a nice tale told us by another person. We also have some beautiful images at the beginning of each chapter, allowing us to imagine the world and to have a glimpse of what we would discover.

September is a girl that we love to follow. She is eager for adventures while trying to pay attention to her actions. She tries to do the best in terms of people moving around her and this kindness attracts people around her. Moreover, I must say that I really loved Ell! This Wyvern is unusual and makes us smile at any time. His desire to be accepted and believed in, touched us and affects us. He is always present for our heroine, whatever happens and I can not wait to find him again.

It was a nice story and I can say that the author has a very original story that brings us back to childhood.

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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making de Catherynne M. Valente (VO)

Fairyland, Tome 1

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : September, douze ans, vit à Omaha, et a l’habitude d’avoir une vie ordinaire, jusqu’à ce que son père parte pour la guerre et que sa mère ne travaille. Un jour, September rencontre à la fenêtre de sa cuisine Vent Vert (prenant la forme d’un homme à la veste verte), qui l’invite à partir à l’aventure, ajoutant que son aide est nécessaire dans le royaume des fées. La nouvelle Marquise est imprévisible et inconstante, du même âge que September. Seulement September peut récupérer un talisman que la Marquise désire dans les bois enchantés, et si elle n’y arrive pas . . . la Marquise va rendre la vie impossible aux habitants de Fairyland. September se fait déjà de nouveaux amis, dont un Wyvern épris de livres et un mystérieux garçon nommé Samedi.

Avec des illustrations magnifiques de l’artiste de renommée Ana Juan, Fairyland est à la hauteur de la sensation qu’il a créé lorsque l’auteur l’a tout d’abord publié en ligne. Pour les lecteurs de tous âges qui aiment le charme d’Alice au pays des merveilles et l’âme de La Boussole d’Or, voici une expérience de lecture en soi : inoubliable, et tellement belle.

Avis : Après avoir vu de jolis avis sur cette série, j’avoue que j’étais moi-même curieuse de la tenter et de découvrir l’histoire de September.

September est une jeune fille de douze ans qui aimerait partir à l’aventure et changer de vie. La solution arrive sous la forme de Vent Vert qui lui propose de partir à Fairyland et ainsi de découvrir ce nouveau monde. De là, elle va rencontrer quelques personnages qui deviendront ses amis tels que Ell, un dragon qui n’est pas un dragon et Saturday un petit garçon attachant, qui l’aideront tout au long de ses aventures. Mais le lieu est gouverné par une Marquise, une jeune femme que tout le monde craint et qui dicte les actes de chacun. Alors que September découvre ce pays si différent du sien et qu’elle rencontre de nombreux personnages atypiques tels que la Mort, Mensonge, Au Revoir. Oui des noms que nous ne nous attendons pas à trouver et qui pourtant nous font sourire à chaque fois et que l’on adore découvrir. Mais alors que sa quête avance, voilà qu’elle va être obligée de rentrer au service de la Marquise, cette femme détestable qui essaie de la piéger.

J’ai beaucoup aimé les idées de l’auteure ici. Nous avons une histoire à la « Alice au Pays des Merveilles » sous la forme d’un très joli conte. L’auteure possède même sa propre voix tout au long des pages, nous donnant l’impression d’une jolie histoire contée par une autre personne. Il y a d’ailleurs de très belles images en début de chaque chapitre, nous permettant d’imaginer ce monde et d’entrapercevoir ce que nous allons y découvrir.

September est une jeune fille que l’on adore suivre. Elle est avide d’aventures tout en essayant de faire attention à ses actions. Elle essaie d’agir au mieux en fonction des gens qui évoluent autour d’elle et cette gentillesse attire les gens autour d’elle. Il faut d’ailleurs que je dise que j’ai vraiment adoré Ell ! Ce Wyvern est atypique et nous fait sourire à tout moment. Son envie d’être accepté et de croire en un joli conte pour sa vie nous attendrit et nous touche. Il est toujours présent pour notre héroïne, quoi qu’il se passe et je suis vraiment impatiente de le retrouver par la suite.

C’était un joli conte et je peux affirmer que l’auteure nous présente une histoire et un format très original qui nous fait retomber en enfance.

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Interview – Amanda Carlson + Giveaway/Concours

We’re happy today to welcome on the blod the amazing Amanda Carlson who is releasing today the second book in her Sin City Collectors series: Ante Up.

Nous sommes contentes d’accueillir l’auteure Amanda Carlson qui publie aujourd’hui son deuxième tome dans la série Sin City Collectors : Ante Up.

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Welcome on Between Dreams and Reality. Can you present you in a few words?

I’m an urban fantasy/paranormal romance author. I love the fantasy genre in general, and really love writing action and romance. I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota with my husband and three kids.

How would you describe the Sin City Collectors series?

The Sin City Collectors are group of supernaturals employed by an agency as bounty hunters to bring in errant supes. It’s gritty work to be a Collector, and our stories revolve around one job assignment along with a romance, so each story contains both action and romance. These are stand alone paranormal romances, and every one will have their own happily ever after (HEA).

Is it difficult to write a full series with a novella format?

I thought it might be at first, but I’m finding it fairly easy and lots of fun. You have to tighten everything up, but that’s the fun part to me. I think my novellas read longer, and readers should know that each of our stories are a minimum of 30K-40K in length–and some people out there calling that a full length book these days. So, really, the stories themselves aren’t that short.

How many books do you intend to write?

I will write at least three novellas, but likely six. In my first three installments, my characters interact. With the next three, I’ll likely introduce six new characters.

Do you intend to write them in longer format?

That’s a definite possibility! I’d love to do a novel with my first six characters. That would be so fun.

Are there any other projects you’re working on or thinking about starting in the near future?

I always have something going on the side. Stay tuned! The best place to get my news first is my newsletter. Sign-up is on the front page of my website. www.amandacarlson.com

Thanks for hosting me! It’s always fun to stop by and chat. ANTE UP releases is available today and I’m so excited to share it.

 

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Pouvez-vous vous présenter en quelques mots ?

Je suis une auteure d’urban fantasy/romance paranormale. J’adore le genre fantasy en général, et j’adore écrire de l’action et de la romance. Je vis à Minneapolis, Minnesota avec mon mari et mes trois enfants.

Comment décririez-vous la série Sin City Collectors ?

Les Sin City Collectors sont un groupe surnaturel employé par une agence de chasseurs de prime pour ramener les supes devenus rogues. C’est un travail courageux, et nos histories se tournent vers un assignement le tout avec une romance, et donc chaque histoire contient à la fois de l’action et de la romance. Ce sont des romances paranormales qui peuvent se lire séparément, et chacune d’elle a son propre happy end.

Est-ce difficile d’écrire une série complete sous la forme de nouvelles ?

Je pensais que ça le serait au début, mais je trouve que c’est finalement facile et très drôle. Je dois tout condenser, mais c’est une partie assez sympa pour moi. Je pense que mes nouvelles sont assez longues, et les lecteurs devraient savoir que chaque histoire ont au minimum 30K-40K mots en longueur – et certaines personnes disent qu’elles peuvent les considérer comme un véritable livre aujourd’hui. Donc vraiment, les histoires en elle-memes ne sont pas courtes.

Combien de livres comptez-vous écrire ?

Je vais écrire au moins trois nouvelles, mais surement six. Dans les trois premiers volumes, mes personnages interagissent. Dans les trois suivant, j’introduirais surement six autres personnages.

Pensez-vous les écrire sous un format plus long ?

C’est définitivement une possibilité ! J’aimerais beaucoup faire un roman avec mes six premiers personnages. Ce serait sympa.

Avez-vous d’autres projets sur lesquels vous travaillez ou pensez commencer dans un futur proche ?

J’ai toujours quelque chose sur le feu. Restez alerte ! Le meilleur endroit pour avoir des informations reste ma newsletter. Inscrivez-vous sur la page principale de mon site. www.amandacarlson.com

Merci de m’avoir reçu ! C’est toujours agréable de s’arrêter et de parler. ANTE UP sort aujourd’hui et je suis impatiente de le partager.

 

Sin City Collectors, 1

Synopsis: Welcome to Vegas. Home of the Sin City Collectors. The job description is easy: Bring the offending supernatural in to the Boss and don’t ask any questions.

Nevada Hamilton has learned a few things since becoming a Sin City Collector, and staying away from vampires is one of them. After botching her first Collection, the vamp getting away after causing as much damage as possible, she hasn’t been assigned to another one since.

But when she receives her next playing card, she’s in for a surprise. Not only is a vampire her next target, but they’ve paired her up to make sure she gets the job done right. Refusing a Collection is not an option, but when she discovers who she’s working with, making the mission as difficult as possible for her new partner becomes her top priority…

Being a hellhound isn’t enough to protect Jake Troubadour from Nevada Hamilton, no matter how thick his skin is. Finding out he has to work with the beautiful dhampir, after not seeing her for three years, is a low blow—but Jake is a professional. He takes his Collections as seriously as he does running his bar. He’ll do whatever it takes to get the job done, but after that, he’s out. No more chances for the girl who wrecked his bike and scarred his soul so long ago. But even with his heart dead set against it, this hellhound quickly finds he’s not immune to love after all.

What’s Collected in Vegas, stays in Vegas…

 

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Cursed by S. J. Harper

Fallen Siren, Book 1

Synopsis: Meet FBI Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.
She’s cursed. He’s damned. Together, they make one hell of a team.

Emma Monroe is a Siren, cursed by the gods and bound to earth to atone for an ancient failure. She’s had many names and many lives, but only one mission: redemption. Now that she works missing persons cases for the FBI, it could be just a rescue away. Unless her new partner leads her astray.

Special Agent Zack Armstrong just transferred into the San Diego Field Office. He’s a werewolf, doing his best to beat back the demons from his dark and dangerous past. As a former Black Ops sniper, he’s taken enough lives. Now he’s doing penance by saving them.

Emma and Zack’s very first case draws them deep into the realm of the paranormal, and forces them to use their own supernatural abilities. But that leaves each of them vulnerable, and there are lines partners should not cross. As secrets are revealed and more women go missing, one thing becomes clear: as they race to save the victims, Emma and Zack risk losing themselves.

Review: I saw different reviews about this book but it is true that the synopsis immediately attracted me when it came out. Once purchased, it is true that it took me ​​almost a year before starting it. I must tell you that it was a big mistake because I had a great time with the novel. The advantage? I just have to wait for a few months before read the second book and I’ll be able to get into the prequel pretty quickly too. So yes, unlike some people I really fell for the novel and for the ideas of the authors. Did I not say that the novel is written by two different authors? I find it quite impressive to see the union of two people on a same series. I’m sure that it isn’t easy to achieve something like that on a daily basis.

Let’s go back to the story. Emma is a siren, a young woman who works for the FBI to solve cases of missing persons. But now she must work with a new partner and it is none other than a former lover she hoped never to see again. Not that she does not like him, it is not even where the problem is because love itself is completely forbidden for her on pain of dire consequences. Zack is a werewolf who knows nothing of the nature of the young woman, but hiding their secrets will be much more complicated than they had imagined. While they both team up to discover the reason behind the disappearances, the situation gets complicated. Disappearances accumulate leading them in the heart of a vampires story, blackmail and money, and both tries to get out of all this as much as they can. However, in addition, the Zack’s past resurfaces, splashing at the same time Emma who will have to find a solution to this.

What exactly about our two heroes Zack and Emma? I really enjoyed the story of the heroine and the myth that emerges from her story about gods and her hope for redemption to return to the pantheon. This is a strong young woman who remains yet looking for love without anything being possible for her. It is very sad to see her succumb gradually to Zack knowing that in the end nothing is possible and it is true that I was curious to see how it would be resolved. Her meetings here will surely also have a big impact in the following novels and I hope soon to see what will happen. Regarding Zack, he is a very mysterious man and it is true that even if we learn some bits of his story, we still have so much to learn and I hope we will know more in the next book . The end is also pretty heartbreaking but I’ll let you discover it by yourself.

I also took a lot of fun with the plot and the investigation of our two heroes. I was very curious to find out what happened and who was responsible and I must say that the authors have beautifully carried the story because it is impossible for the reader to discover not even a piece of truth as it is much broader than we might think. To conclude, as I said at the beginning of my review, I had a great time with this first novel and I am more than impatient to read more! A beautiful discovery mixing magic, creatures of all kinds and a plot that keeps the reader in suspense throughout the volume. A must read.

4-5

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Cursed de S. J. Harper (VO)

Fallen Siren, Tome 1

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : Rencontrez les agents du FBI Emma Monroe et Zack Armstrong.
Elle est maudite. Il est damné. Ensemble, ils forment une équipe d’enfer.

Emma Monroe est une sirène, maudite par les dieux et liée à la terre pour expier un ancien échec. Elle a eu beaucoup de noms et de nombreuses vies, mais une seule mission : la rédemption. Maintenant qu’elle travaille sur les cas de personnes disparues pour le FBI, elle pourrait bien être à juste un sauvetage prés. À moins que son nouveau partenaire l’en empêche.

Agent spécial Zack Armstrong est tout juste transféré dans le bureau de San Diego. C’est un loup-garou, faisant de son mieux pour repousser les démons de son passé sombre et dangereux. En tant qu’ancien tireur d’élite des Black Ops, il a pris assez de vies. Maintenant il fait pénitence en les sauvant.

La première affaire d’Emma et Zack les attire en profondeur dans le domaine du paranormal, et les oblige à utiliser leurs propres capacités surnaturelles. Mais cela les laisse vulnérables, et il y a des lignes que des partenaires ne doivent pas franchir. Comme les secrets sont révélés et plus de femmes disparaissent, une chose devient claire : dans leur course pour sauver les victimes, Emma et Zack risquent de se perdre.

Avis : J’avais vu différents avis au sujet de ce livre mais c’est vrai que le résumé m’a tout de suite attiré quand il est sorti. Aussitôt acheté, il est vrai que j’ai mis près d’un an avant de le commencer. Je dois vous dire que c’était une grosse erreur car j’ai passé un excellent moment avec le roman. L’avantage ? Il ne me reste maintenant que quelques mois pour lire le second tome et je vais pouvoir me lancer dans le préquel assez rapidement aussi. Alors oui, à l’inverse de quelques personnes j’ai vraiment eu un gros coup de cœur pour le roman et les idées des auteures. N’ai-je pas précisé que le roman est écrit par deux auteurs différents ? Je trouve d’ailleurs ça toujours impressionnant de voir l’alliance de deux personnes sur une même série. Je me doute que cela ne doit pas être simple à réaliser au quotidien.

Revenons plus précisément à l’histoire. Emma est une sirène, une jeune femme qui travaille pour le FBI afin de résoudre des affaires de disparition. Mais voilà qu’elle doit aujourd’hui travailler avec un nouvel équipier et ce n’est nul autre qu’un ancien amant qu’elle espérait ne jamais revoir. Non qu’elle ne l’aime pas, non c’est même bien là le problème car l’amour lui est complètement interdit sous peine de terribles conséquences. Zack est un loup-garou qui ne connait rien de la nature de la jeune femme, mais cacher leurs secrets sera bien plus compliqué que ce qu’ils ne l’avaient imaginé. Alors qu’ils font équipe tous les deux pour découvrir la raison derrière la disparition, le tout se complique. Les disparitions s’accumulent les entrainant dans des histoires de vampires, de chantages et d’argent, et tous deux essaient de s’en sortir comme ils le peuvent. Cependant, en plus de cela, le passé de Zack resurgit, éclaboussant par la même occasion Emma qui va devoir trouver une solution  à tout cela.

Qu’en est-il exactement de nos deux héros Zack et Emma ? J’ai vraiment beaucoup apprécié l’histoire de cette héroïne et le mythe qui en ressort de son histoire sur les dieux et son espoir de rédemption pour revenir au panthéon. C’est une jeune femme forte qui reste pourtant en quête d’amour sans que rien ne soit accessible pour elle. C’est très triste de la voir succomber petit à petit à Zack sachant qu’au final rien n’est possible et c’est vrai que j’étais curieuse de voir comment le tout allait se résoudre. Ses rencontres ici vont sûrement aussi avoir un gros impact dans la suite des romans et j’espère très vite voir ce qu’il va advenir. Pour ce qui est de Zack, c’est un homme très mystérieux et c’est vrai que même si nous apprenons quelques bribes de son histoire, il nous reste encore tant à savoir et j’espère que nous en saurons plus dans le prochain tome. La fin fait d’ailleurs assez mal au cœur mais je vous laisserais découvrir cela pas vous-même.

J’ai pris aussi énormément de plaisir avec l’intrigue et l’investigation de nos deux héros. J’étais très curieuse de découvrir ce qui s’était passé et qui était le responsable et je dois dire que les auteurs ont magnifiquement bien mené l’histoire car il est impossible au lecteur de découvrir ne serait-ce qu’un morceau de la vérité qui est bien plus large que l’on pourrait le croire. Pour conclure, comme je le disais au début de mon avis, j’ai passé un excellent moment avec ce premier roman et je suis plus qu’impatiente d’en lire plus ! Une très belle découverte mélangeant magie, créatures de toutes sortes et une intrigue qui tient le lecteur en haleine tout au long du volume. A découvrir.

4-5

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Stacking the Shelves #105

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Giveaways/Concours

Concours pour 10 tomes de L’Echiquier des Dieux de Richelle Mead (FR&Be)

Giveaway Echopraxia by Peter Watts + The Ultra Thin Man by Patrick Swenson (US&CAN)

Giveaway: signed copy of Cursed by Destiny + swag (INT)

Penumbra (Spook Squad, 3) – Keri Arthur

TWIN KILLING
 
Agent Sam Ryan wants out of the Special Investigations Unit. She’s sick of the attitude from her partner, Gabriel Stern. She’s sick of the paperwork. Most of all, she’s sick of feeling lonely. But her boss isn’t about to let her go that easily. He gives Sam a choice: either stay stuck in her office or guard a clone replacement of Dan Wetherton, a government minister. Sam reluctantly chooses the latter—even though she suspects she’s being used as bait to draw out the SIU’s elusive nemesis.

Gabriel would like nothing better than to be on his own, without a partner to hold him back. Then he learns that Sam has been assigned to protect Wetherton—or whatever it is that’s replaced him. Wetherton’s clone could have come from only one place: Hopeworth, the military base that contains the secrets of Sam’s past. Determined to protect her, Gabriel is drawn into a fight against unspeakable evil. And all too soon, Sam and Gabriel discover that the connection between them is far more powerful than anyone could ever have imagined.

Cursed Moon (Prospero’s War, 2) – Jaye Wells

When a rare Blue Moon upsets the magical balance in the city, Detective Kate Prospero and her Magical Enforcement colleagues pitch in to help Babylon PD keep the peace. Between potions going haywire and everyone’s emotions running high, every cop in the city is on edge. But the moon’s impact is especially strong for Kate who’s wrestling with guilt over falling off the magic wagon.

After a rogue wizard steals dangerous potions from the local covens, Kate worries their suspect is building a dirty magic bomb. Her team must find the anarchist rogue before the covens catch him, and make sure they defuse the bomb before the Blue Moon deadline. Failure is never an option, but success will require Kate to come clean about her secrets.

 

Evernight (Darkest London, 5) – Kristen Callihan

Holly Evernight belongs to a very special family of inventors. They have nobly served the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals for generations. And Holly may have the most special creative powers of them all. But her skills are about to be tested as she tries to save the life of a half-man-half machine whose clockwork heart is ticking down to the bitter end…

William Thorne was a rebel, a hired assassin for the SOS’s greatest rival, before he was taken, tortured, and transformed. Now his mind and soul battles with his body as he becomes less and less human. But the true fight for his humanity will be waged within his heart.

The fifth book in Kristen Callihan’s critically acclaimed Darkest London series set in Victorian London will appeal to fans of New York Times bestselling authors Amanda Quick, Gail Carriger and Hannah Howell.

Merci à Léa

Love letters to the dead – Ava Dallaira

It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person.

Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to the dead—to people like Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, Amelia Earhart, and Amy Winehouse—though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating the choppy waters of new friendships, learning to live with her splintering family, falling in love for the first time, and, most important, trying to grieve for May. But how do you mourn for someone you haven’t forgiven?

It’s not until Laurel has written the truth about what happened to herself that she can finally accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was—lovely and amazing and deeply flawed—can she truly start to discover her own path.

In a voice that’s as lyrical and as true as a favorite song, Ava Dellaira writes about one girl’s journey through life’s challenges with a haunting and often heartbreaking beauty.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, 1) - Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

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Ever After by Kate Serine


Transplanted Tales, Book 4

Synopsis: To Catch a Thief…

For centuries, Gideon Montrose has served the King of Fairies without question and, often, without mercy. So when the King orders him to apprehend a notorious thief, Gideon obeys. But when he finally gets his hands on the beautiful culprit, Gideon’s in for a shock.

Arabella Locksley is none other than the spirited, unpredictable woman he knew back in Make Believe as Robin Hood — the love of his life whose tragic death destroyed his chance at Happily Ever After.

Now, he has an impossible choice. Betray the woman he once loved, or the king he’s bound to serve?

Review: I love Kate Serine and her retellings are always a treat to discover. They are always full of ideas and mix all kinds of stories we know. We have a nice mix between the Arthurian story and the one of Robin Hood. Several characters we know are present again to our delight and others appear here.

We follow this time Gideon as we had the chance to meet him as a secondary character in other volumes. His history is not very easy, his lover died before his eyes and he has since become the slave of the king of the fairies. But times have changed and Gideon has befriended the king whom he helps whenever he can. However, when one day he is led to seek the thief plaguing the country, he does not expect to fall face to face with the young woman he thought dead for years. And then he discovers a new truth, the story of this young woman he thought he had lost forever and he will do anything to help her now. He will therefore team up with her to collect all the Arthurian artifacts existing in this world before anyone else does it to protect them whatever it might cost. But the woman he thought he knew is ultimately far more important than it seems and her relationship with the king is not what it appeared to be. Gideon will learn along the Chapters many things, as some stories combining characters such as Guinevere, the Lady of the Lake, Arthur and many others.

I really enjoyed reading this new novel even if it is true that I still have a preference for the first novel featuring Red. Gideon is a character we had seen many times before and I really enjoyed learning more about him. It was very touching to see him reunited with Arabella and see him fight for her. Oh yes, because of course their history will not be easy and many pitfalls are sown in their path. I confess that I had a little trouble understanding the young woman, I found it sad that she didn’t try to contact him before the man she has always loved. I know that the events are not only lent but I think they would have lost a lot less time. She is also trying to protect Gideon as best as she can but she does it in a fairly clumsy way which ultimately hurts more than anything. But here too we understand the reason behind all this. In all cases the couple is really touching and I enjoyed discovering their history.

Kate Serine once again presents us with a pretty novel, leaving us with a few questions and I am very curious to find out who will be featured in the next volume and if we’ll conclude some of the problems presented here.

3-5

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