I took a facebook quiz recently called, “What paranormal creature are you?” Oh, you take those quizzes too, admit it. My paranormal creature? I was a faery. Anyway, it made my crazy day brighter because someone granted my wish and, poof!, I really was a faery. Even as I vacuumed and dusted, I was a faery, dammit!
Probably a princess too, maybe even a queen.
Ayla, the heroine in Jennifer Armintrout’s moody and improbably romantic “Queene of Lightworld,” is a faery. Unfortunately she’s also half human, and nowhere near a princess. In her world all non-humans live below ground and have formed a new hierarchies: the Lightworld, where faeries, dragons and dwarves live and the Darkworld, where vampires, demons, angels, and werewolves cause trouble.
Ayla, an assassin for the Lightworld, and Malachi, a Death Angel from the Darkworld, meet under bad circumstances, to say the least. As they clash in the sewers of the Darkworld their energies fuse, Malachi’s immortality vanishes, and Ayla, instead of killing him, leaves Malachi to die.
Not exactly love at first sight.
Each wishes they’d killed the other, we’re glad they didn’t, and a bond forms that torments them: Ayla wonders, if she really wants to kill him, why does she also want to run her hands over him? And as Malachi risks his life to find her in Lightworld, he tells her his feelings – all raw wonders to him.
Every meeting between them raises the stakes, and when the Queene’s ruthless brother, Garret, makes Ayla his mate, Ayla’s caught in a web of fae political machinations – and conflicted by her love for Malachi, and for her people.
Armintrout’s prose is a rich music for the eyes. She invites us into her fantastic world, teasing us mercilessly with its mythology – and we’re happy for it. What makes us even happier, is that the second and third in this series, “Child of Darkness” and “Veil of Shadows,” come out in November and December respectively.
You don’t have to be a faery like Ayla – and me – to make your own wish come true. Just –
Buy the Book.
Is your favorite kind of “Fairytale” light or dark? And if you could be queene of the fairies, who would rule at your side? And it can’t be your husband/boyfriend – this is a fantasy, after all.
TODAY: RBTB Con. Ed. Tracy Montoya lectures on Plot Mapping
***Wed @RBTB: Becke Martin w/another fab Feature Review
Friday: Tracy Montoya offers up a new read and Feature Review.
Mon 26: Meet the VampChix/Bite Club team while Michelle lectures at RomanceUniversity.org
November: 3 new readers 'n writers join the RBTB team to hang out and entertain you!