Author: Ana Raine
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 01/06/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Fantasy, M/M Romance
Kanji is the last royal Kuro swan, an ancient race who once served the demonic Sidhee. The Kuro were betrayed and given as slaves to the Dryma fairies. When a Dryma is born, his soul attaches to a tree and to sustain their lives, the Dryma conscript the Kuro to protect their woods. In their servitude, the Kuro are languishing and dying off. Kanji is desperate to reunite his people with their stolen wings, but the task seems impossible.
When Kanji discovers a plan to unite the Sidhee and the Dryma, he tricks the Sidhee prince and attends a masked ball in disguise. There he meets Prince Tristan, who is nothing like the other fairies. Kind and compassionate, Tristan has a plan to free the Dryma from their dependence on the trees—and their need of the Kuro’s protection. It could mean freedom for Kanji’s people, but it might also mean choosing between them and the life of the fairy who is—impossibly—his mate.
When Tristan is wounded in battle and left for dead, his survival depends on the success of his experiments. Can Kanji dare to believe, or must he come to terms with the loss of his mate?
I am on a bit of a fantasy kick at the moment. I blame Ana Raine as she started it. When you read a book that makes you want more just like it, that is a good thing. She did that.
She created a world that I can’t wait to revisit (please tell me this is going to be able to happen soon!). The interplay among the Sidhee and Dryma is intriguing on many levels and not something I have read before. The fact that they have a common enemy while having a tenuous relationship at best is interesting.
Then of course, there is the core pairing of this world — Tristan and Kanji. They have so much to give and so much to lose. They are perfect for each other in so many ways. Finally there is the secondary cast of characters who are all engaging and lovable in their own rights. There are a few subplots that I would love to learn more about in the future.
And serious THAT is how you end it? Seriously?
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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