Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: 22/04/2019
I received a free e-arc of this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Raze has never felt as though he belongs in this world. He is constantly angry without being able to pinpoint why and the only thing he loves is his muscle car Rhea. One night, whilst driving along at high speeds, he narrowly misses hitting something in the road. Making a rash decision, he follows this something into the woods, leading to consequences that will make him more angry than ever. Will Raze overcome these consequences and find out who he truly is, or will he continue to be the unpleasant, rude man he is in the human world?
The first couple of chapters in the book are somewhat frustrating, simply because of how much profanity Raze uses. I felt Dorine was doing an excellent job showing us he was a troubled person with his actions, and she didn’t need to tell us with his foul language. Once this type of language slowed down, I settled more into the story and was able to read it with more ease.
The writing was extremely emotive in places, which was enjoyable. The descriptions of the various wonders around the Lios were some of my favourite parts, as I felt as much intrigue as I imagined Raze to feel. On the other hand, the writing would sometimes feel as though I was receiving a lecture, especially when it came to Rurin chastising Raze for his bad language.
I would have preferred if there was more world building, and think the book could have benefited from being longer, so the author could explore all of her ideas more fully. There were quite a few instances of telling rather than showing, and if the author had more space, she may have been able to rectify this, based on the good descriptions laced throughout the book. As it is, I believe the book lends itself to a sequel because of the way it left me with many unanswered questions.
At first, I felt a little uncomfortable with the romance, because it felt like a Stockholm syndrome situation. However, once the big reveal was made, it made more sense for Raze to be having feelings for his love interest, and as the story progressed you could see they had more in common than initially thought. Furthermore, I appreciated the inclusion of the importance of consent. When Raze refused his love interest at first, they backed off and waited until Raze was happy to show his feelings. This is an important message and I’m glad the author chose to promote it within her book.
The character development for Raze was quite profound as there is a shaky redemption arc for him within the book. However, I felt as though everyone else, including Rurin, were background characters and weren’t fleshed out enough for me. The character of King Zos provided a refreshing humorous element, but sadly we only met him towards the end.
If you’re craving a book with fae elements after reading all things Holly Black, I’d recommend giving this one a chance, especially if you are on the lookout for something with a male-male romance. It is quick and easy, a definite palate cleanser for some of those more thick high fantasy novels.