Source: eARC via the Author
Publication Date: November 27, 2015
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
WILL, POWER, AND TITLE
The wider world is a place of magic and adventure, host to a number of different ancient races which bicker and war and love, all to their own passions.
But within that wider world are various magical Realms each metaphysically bordering different geographical locations rich in Power and history, each existing separate from all else, and each ruled by councils, covens, Faen courts, or the wild law of nature.
In the Realm called the forest vale by its oldest, Faen residents, and the Night Realm by its nearly mythic usurper Goldenslaughter, the Queen of Night, a balance as old as the Realm itself has been long upset, and a reckoning long overdue is coming for them all: big or small, brave or cowardly, human or Faen, good or evil.
So prepare for love, loss, adventure, and mayhem, all in a magical land where anything is possible…
The Night Realm.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I liked this one. I thought the plot was strong and the characters were well developed, but all of this was definitely overshadowed by the actual writing style. I'm not a fan of purple prose and this semi-fits the bill for that one. It was distracting and really took away from the story for me. The best parts were when there was a lot of the story and text together because then I got a clearer picture of what was happening.
I loved Goldenslaughter's journey and how she came into herself. I liked seeing how power can corrupt and what titles can do to a person. I liked that there was more to this story than just being set in a Fantasy world. But, again, the writing style impacted my reading of this one. I definitely got more used to it as I was reading along, but I didn't get into the swing of things until about 60% through.
A lot happens in this but it is quick to pass you by because you get so immersed in what Goldenslaughter is doing to attempt to save herself and her Power. I loved seeing how hard she was trying to right things only to lose more and more of herself. I would have liked a bit more about the other Realms and what the other Powers were and entailed. I thought the world building could have gained a bit more by including some of this explanation but I am hoping that there are more stories set in this world for me to explore other points of view and characters. I just really liked this one. If you're looking for something a little different, I highly recommend this one.