December 2010, Decadent Publishing
? pages, ebook
Unseelie court,, magic mixing with the modern world, fighting, intrigue, some humour, tragedy, secrets revealed,
Summary from Decadent
After losing her husband and son in a car wreck, Lyn is left alone. Even though overwhelmed with grief, financial responsibilities bring her back to reality. With the decision to sell her ancestral home, Lyn is greeted by memories of childhood as she meets up with the water dryad and brownie couple, who had helped her grandmother raise her. The old plantation on the coastal marsh along the bayou of Louisiana reunites her with the joys she’d long forgotten—until she finds herself in the middle of a mysterious war.
Doors open and secrets are revealed, but will she be able to survive the nightmares she’d left behind as a child or walk away with more than she’d expected?
Nayuleska's reason for loving Lyn...tragedy may have struck her life, but there is comfort to be found in friends and family. Although initially unaware of her true status, she fights with every part of her to save others from heartache.
Is there another character who deserves a mention? Isla is extremely cool - she's one awesome fighter, having a good range of weapons when others coming looking for a fight. Her determination rivals Lyn's.
How evil/nasty is the enemy? Any creature who wants to destroy a person's life and use the person to better themself is high on my Do-Not-Like list. Add magic in the mix and, well, it takes a lot to subdue the enemy. An awful lot.
Are there plenty of plot twists and surprises? A fair amount took me by surprise, which was nice as this is a short story. Packed with action and intrigue.
One of my favourite parts was...when Isla and Elden (her husband) arm themselves up. They prepare for every contingency, which shows how much they care about Lyn.
I give this 9/10 - it would have been extra niece if the story was longer, giving me a further insight into Lyn's life after the end of the story.
If you want a story where a girl fights for her family's life, try The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Knife by R J Anderson, This involves fairies living in their own world with a cross over with the human world (I'm shortly going to reread it as I have the 3rd book in the series for review) & includes a lot of humour, emotions and transformations.