Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: DWS Photography
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/16/2010
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Fantasy
“I am not beautiful…”
Knife’s entire existence has been as twisted as his flesh and his face. The only thing beautiful in his life is his sister. When Gwennie is obliged to turn a suitor down because she fears to leave her brother to the brutality of their village, Knife is desperate for anything to ensure her happiness.
Her suitor’s cousin offers him a way out, but it won’t be easy. Aerie-Smith has been cursed to walk upright in the form of a beast, and his beloved village suffers from the same spell. Aerie-Smith offers Gwen a trousseau and some hope, if only Knife will keep him company on his island for the span of a year and perform one “regrettable task” at year’s end.
Knife is unprepared for the form the island’s curse takes on his own misshapen body. In one moment of magic, he is given the body of his dreams—and he discovers that where flesh meets spirit and appearance meet reality, sometimes the only place to find truth is in the darkness of a lover’s arms.
There’s no doubting that Amy Lane is a fabulously talented author, but I just don’t read many of her books. I’ve read, and enjoyed, several, but for the most part I just don’t can’t deal with the high level of angst in her novels.
Truth in the Dark is hardly angst-free but it is lighter fare.
Knife, disfigured from birth, has led a hard life, despite being loved and adored by his sister and mother. He’s withdrawn from the world around him and spends his time at the woodsmith creating beautiful creations out of wood. He’s talented, but no one else appreciates it. All they see is the grotesque outside.
He cares deeply for his sister and is disappointed when she turns down the hand of Kyln, a sailor and good man. Gwen refuses to leave her brother and he feels responsible for anchoring her to the small fishing village.
Then along comes Aerie-Smith, Kyln’s cousin, who asks Knife to be his companion for one year. Aerie-Smith is also different, he’s got the face and body of a lion. Knife accepts the proposition and arranges for his mother and sister to be well taken care of.
Knife has a twisted soul from the years of abuse heaped on him by the villagers and he’s got a sharp tongue. He and Aerie-Smith were actually very funny.
Before they arrive at Aerie-Smith’s island, Knife learns the place is cursed. All the people have been transformed into animals, which Aerie-Smith later admits is because of a mistake he made.
The relationship between Knife and Aerie-Smith was at times frustrating and sweet. The way Aerie-Smith wormed his way into Knife’s heart—and bed—was awesome.
If you like fairy tales with m/m spice, Truth in the Dark is for you.
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