Reviewed: April 27th, 2022
Released: June 21st, 2021
Enter the Nine Lands of the Mountain Fell.
Skye has only ever known pain and solitude since waking up with neither memories or magic. Hunted for being a Ruler in a time when they are scarce, she has survived in the wilds near the Rim, always on the run from the rest of her kind. Only starvation could draw her close to a village, but when a chance encounter and a bit of bad luck launch her into the arms of a man whose soul is bonded to hers, hiding who she is may no longer be possible.
Ilyas is a hunted man. Wanted for killing the last High Queen of Vine, he is plagued by his past of wholesale slaughter. He never wanted another Queen, and certainly not a half-feral, distrustful girl who gave up on the Fae a long time ago. Unfortunately, Soulbonds are not so easily walked away from, no matter how hard they both may want to, especially when trapped together in a cave with a pack of Feral Fae right outside.
With long-held enmities breaking out between the besieged villagers and all their lives on the line, Ilyas and Skye must learn to work together and trust each other if they want to survive.
Helen’s thoughts: 5/5
Thoroughly enjoyed this wonderfully narrated novel. Ilyas and Skye are characters that will draw you in and keep you entertained.
Pescatore and Burnison have created a rich and vibrant world full of faeries, monsters and political intrigue.
Illyas is a wounded warrior, unable to trust after a lifetime of torture and abuse at the hands of the mad queen. Skye is a scatterbrained and magicless queen who is trying to avoid all high Fae. Neither wants to be bonded but they end up bound to each other and so begins the long and torturous journey to understand and appreciate each other.
The magical creatures are a delight, each with their own characters and foibles, as well as magical abilities. Can’t wait to visit the nine lands and see how different they all are!
An excellent story, with well developed characters. Rose Todd did a brilliant job at narrating it, I loved her voice for the druzies!! Can’t wait for book two!
About the author:
Allegra grew up in a small village in northern Tuscany as the daughter of two artists. She was raised on the works of J.R.R Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Phillip Pullman, Frank Herbert, and many others, all read aloud to her while she drew and played make-believe. She began to write at the age of eight and hasn’t stopped since.
After many moves and dozens of countries visited, she now lives in a cozy cottage in Western PA. She is accompanied in her current adventures by husband Job, co-conspirator and long-time writing partner Tobias, and a small army of furry and scaly pets. When not writing or daydreaming, Allegra rules her kitchen with an iron fist and feeds everyone who walks through her door. She also gardens, dabbles in various art forms, and spins stories for her tabletop gaming group.
As a disabled woman and staunch LGBTQ ally, Allegra hopes to write engaging, diverse, and representative Fantasy and Science Fiction, where people who do not often see themselves center stage get the chance to shine.
Her debut book, Where Shadows Lie, will hit shelves and e-book readers March 19th, 2020. It is the first book of The Last Gift saga, and the first title of Project Ao, by Ao Collective Publishing. The second series of Project Ao, NACL, will launch later this year with NACL: Eye of the Storm.
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