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She's the Fire Fae of Legend. He's the Warlock Heir to the Throne of Winter. Maybrie Hawkins is the badass who dominates the Dark Court’s fight pits where fae and shifters battle for powers. The royals chant her name, like she's a goddess instead of a lowly entertainer. Like all Casters, Kai needs the shared powers of a fae to do more than basic magic on his own. The st She's the Fire Fae of Legend. He's the Warlock Heir to the Throne of Winter. Maybrie Hawkins is the badass who dominates the Dark Court’s fight pits where fae and shifters battle for powers. The royals chant her name, like she's a goddess instead of a lowly entertainer. Like all Casters, Kai needs the shared powers of a fae to do more than basic magic on his own. The strongest bonds are forged via love, and it's time for him to find a match. His sights are set on her. She's not impressed. Maybrie doesn't have time to be courted by the Prince of Winter. A rebellion is brewing, an uprising against the Casters. The dome of the Dark Court is the only thing protecting them from the frozen wasteland beyond, but the fae are done pandering to the Magicals in exchange for safety. And Brie doesn’t pander to anyone. Can Kai keep up? Scroll up to One-Click!


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She's the Fire Fae of Legend. He's the Warlock Heir to the Throne of Winter. Maybrie Hawkins is the badass who dominates the Dark Court’s fight pits where fae and shifters battle for powers. The royals chant her name, like she's a goddess instead of a lowly entertainer. Like all Casters, Kai needs the shared powers of a fae to do more than basic magic on his own. The st She's the Fire Fae of Legend. He's the Warlock Heir to the Throne of Winter. Maybrie Hawkins is the badass who dominates the Dark Court’s fight pits where fae and shifters battle for powers. The royals chant her name, like she's a goddess instead of a lowly entertainer. Like all Casters, Kai needs the shared powers of a fae to do more than basic magic on his own. The strongest bonds are forged via love, and it's time for him to find a match. His sights are set on her. She's not impressed. Maybrie doesn't have time to be courted by the Prince of Winter. A rebellion is brewing, an uprising against the Casters. The dome of the Dark Court is the only thing protecting them from the frozen wasteland beyond, but the fae are done pandering to the Magicals in exchange for safety. And Brie doesn’t pander to anyone. Can Kai keep up? Scroll up to One-Click!

30 review for Throne of Winter: The Dark Court

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lissa Hawley

    I have never read a fantasy book set in Hawaii before, and if there are others out there, I have been definitely missing out. This book was a delightful mashup of fantasy and dystopia, romance and drama. With a present day vernacular that somehow worked coming from the fantasy inhabitants of this creative setting. So many elements of this story were used in such a creative fashion, while still being familiar and comforting. Definitely looking forward to the next book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tiera McMillian

    This was actually a really good premise to the series, the problem came in ironing out the details to carry that premise from start to finish. There really was no backstory to tell how we had ended up in this post apocalyptic world full of supernatural beings. Its set in a present/futuristic like time but the world is ruled by Castor's. I just wanted to scream "How did we get here?!!." We do eventually get some answers as the story progresses but none concerning the backstory or world building t This was actually a really good premise to the series, the problem came in ironing out the details to carry that premise from start to finish. There really was no backstory to tell how we had ended up in this post apocalyptic world full of supernatural beings. Its set in a present/futuristic like time but the world is ruled by Castor's. I just wanted to scream "How did we get here?!!." We do eventually get some answers as the story progresses but none concerning the backstory or world building to get us to where we start. I'm still a little confused on how the world has gotten to the point of this book, I mean I really feel like we were dropped into an already established supernatural world which makes me have anxiety when I think I haven't started at the beginning. I went to research but can't find a previous series that this could be a spinoff of. That all being said I still thought what story was there was pretty good. The blurb kind of confused me with this first line "She was the fire fae of legend." I'm wondering if the legend part got edited out somehow? The story states that fire fae are rare but it never talked about a "legend" and there was no prophecy or anything so I'm a little thrown there. I kept going back to see if I had missed the "legend" part. The FMC Mabrie was a really strong heroine in some aspects but really weak in others. Her vulnerable personality didn't quite mesh up with her bad A physical persona. I didn't like how she kind of let herself be lead around and played like a pawn throughout the story. Also, she learned information as the reader did which was weird because she has been living in this society for at least 5 years.. you would think she would know a little bit more about whats going on around her. There are alot of underlying hints and whispers about things that haven't been revealed yet. I'm not really sure where this is headed. I wish there was a tad more chemistry between Mabrie and Kai, maybe its just really slow burn? Mabrie, a fire fae, was captured in her frozen wasteland canyon at the age of 15 and brought to the dome basically to live in slavery to the castor's who use fae for their magic. Having hardly any rights as a fae, Mabrie has made a name for herself as a fighter in the ring. Drawing the attention of the winter court's prince Kai, who seems to have a crush. Tasked with getting close to Kai by the secret rebellion Mabrie against her better judgement takes the job but soon finds out nothing is as she thought, Kai least of all and the rebellion she has been working for may actually be the enemy after all. I definitely want to see where the story goes, I just feel like this is one of those cases where the book just doesn't quite grasp its full potential. Maybe in book 2 we can get some answers.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    DNF - quit at 32% (finished chapter 5) I hated giving up on this book, since it was recommended highly on Facebook, but it just wasn’t holding my attention. I gladly put it down to go do laundry & dishes, I even watched tv for a bit, & all of that’s unheard of for me. I’d rather sit immobile on the couch reading all day. First, the world building wasn’t really there. How did this dystopian society (& with no humans) even happen? There’s shifters, fae, castors, warlocks/mages, & vampires, but what DNF - quit at 32% (finished chapter 5) I hated giving up on this book, since it was recommended highly on Facebook, but it just wasn’t holding my attention. I gladly put it down to go do laundry & dishes, I even watched tv for a bit, & all of that’s unheard of for me. I’d rather sit immobile on the couch reading all day. First, the world building wasn’t really there. How did this dystopian society (& with no humans) even happen? There’s shifters, fae, castors, warlocks/mages, & vampires, but what happened to the humans? Or is this maybe a parallel universe to earth? It starts off in icy/frozen California & ends up under a dome in Hawaii. I need more background to be able to immerse myself into this world while reading. The questions popping up in my mind totally distracted me from what was written. The stuff I was interested in, the world building, the fighting, the why’s of society, that would help me “feel” this world, weren’t explained, but descriptions of mounds of clothes on a bed before a frantic shopping spree & salon treatment- for an unwanted first date by a second class citizen that’s going out with a prince, are explained in detail. Brie’s sudden actual interest in Prince Kai as a date (not for the original intent for spying originally intended) also seemed weird, as did the mutual first date kiss. Her struggles with being a second class citizen under the dome just didn’t seem extreme enough with all the ooh’s & ah’s over her fighting wins by all classes of paranormal she talked to & then a prince interested in dating her. She comes across as a celebrity. The book tells us he’s a playboy, but I saw no evidence of it to believe it. I need a book to show me, not just an aside that someone says something so it “is”. So my mind isn’t wrapping around this story. At my age, life is to short & my time to important to force myself to read a book I'm not enjoying, especially when there are so many other books out there waiting to be read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Valerie (Howler_Puff)

    I was more interested in what happened to the world before the dome. I wanted to know how the frozen lands and the free lands came about. What led up to that? There wasn't any mention of it. That would have been a better story than the dome story IMO. I was more interested in what happened to the world before the dome. I wanted to know how the frozen lands and the free lands came about. What led up to that? There wasn't any mention of it. That would have been a better story than the dome story IMO.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sadie Forsythe

    I think I just wasn't the right reader for this book. It's mechanically fine and the narrator did a good job and I even liked the characters a lot (even Kai). However, I never could get over the fact that Maybrie and her people are enslaved by Kai and his people. Sure, Kai was hoping to give the fae more rights when he became king, but they didn't have them yet and 'more rights' isn't free. So, no matter how the author dressed it up (and she did), this is a romance between a woman who has been s I think I just wasn't the right reader for this book. It's mechanically fine and the narrator did a good job and I even liked the characters a lot (even Kai). However, I never could get over the fact that Maybrie and her people are enslaved by Kai and his people. Sure, Kai was hoping to give the fae more rights when he became king, but they didn't have them yet and 'more rights' isn't free. So, no matter how the author dressed it up (and she did), this is a romance between a woman who has been stolen from her people and enslaved by another and a member of the race who is enslaving her (the Prince of those people even). That's a big FAT nope for me. Also, the book is very Earth-like, with characters driving cars, wearing jeans, talking on cell phones, humans are even mentioned at one point. However, it's either not Earth or a post-apocalyptic Earth, but none of the how or why of this is addressed. I felt that was a big detraction. I wondered about it the whole book. Similarly, we were introduced to Maybrie's two best friends in the first chapter, but they never reemerge. I wondered what happened to them. It felt like another loose end. All in all, not a bad New Adult book. But one that strayed into my personal No-Go Territory.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Overall, I like the concept and think the series can be really, really good. However, I do have to agree with another reader, I'm missing the backstory. How did the planet become a cold land? Where are the "humans"? The whole history leading up to where they are today with the various kingdoms, living under domes with casters needing to feed from fae, etc. Brie's story with Prince Kai is a good one, but there needs to be some kind of world building so we can better connect with the characters an Overall, I like the concept and think the series can be really, really good. However, I do have to agree with another reader, I'm missing the backstory. How did the planet become a cold land? Where are the "humans"? The whole history leading up to where they are today with the various kingdoms, living under domes with casters needing to feed from fae, etc. Brie's story with Prince Kai is a good one, but there needs to be some kind of world building so we can better connect with the characters and understand how they came to be where they are. I totally understood where Brie came from. Snatched from her family and "sold" into service at the dome. Expected to either entertain the masses or feed the casters. The prince was surprising, but not. A bit of a contradiction in that he was a product of his upbringing but also knowing that things were not fair and wanting to change that. His attraction for Brie and wanting to get to know her whereas she just thought to use him and almost indifferent was a little painful. I liked both Prince Kai and Brie, but wow, the ending was unexpected and leaves Brie in a really uncomfortable, if not nearly impossible situation. So yes, the story itself is interesting and I cannot wait to see what happens next, but I still want some of the history leading up to this point.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dani

    I really wanted to love this book, I really did. And I liked that it had vampires, weres, faes, and wizards set in a dystopian modern Hawaii, but the story was really slow. I almost quit a couple of times, but I’m glad I continued as the story got more interesting as it continued. Brie is a strong female and I like her even tho she can waver quite a bit. Prince Kai fell flat for me. He’s supposed to be this ladykiller badass prince, but he never really is. He’s more like a puppy: always happy to I really wanted to love this book, I really did. And I liked that it had vampires, weres, faes, and wizards set in a dystopian modern Hawaii, but the story was really slow. I almost quit a couple of times, but I’m glad I continued as the story got more interesting as it continued. Brie is a strong female and I like her even tho she can waver quite a bit. Prince Kai fell flat for me. He’s supposed to be this ladykiller badass prince, but he never really is. He’s more like a puppy: always happy to see you, not much depth, and just a really nice person. This book needs some serious editing. So many grammatical errors and spelling mistakes, it drove me crazy. I won’t be reading the second installment.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Telisha Mortensen

    Fun story! Somehow I didnt expect the ending... I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick, easy read for me. I love books about fae and elemental magic. This one was no exception! Brie is part of the rebellion and supposed to be spying on Prince Kai, not falling for him! As her time with Kai progresses she becomes increasingly confused as to where her loyalties should lie. The story is enjoyable and it didnt drag anywhere. I would like to get more in depth with some of the other characters and e Fun story! Somehow I didnt expect the ending... I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick, easy read for me. I love books about fae and elemental magic. This one was no exception! Brie is part of the rebellion and supposed to be spying on Prince Kai, not falling for him! As her time with Kai progresses she becomes increasingly confused as to where her loyalties should lie. The story is enjoyable and it didnt drag anywhere. I would like to get more in depth with some of the other characters and even Brie herself. I felt like the relationship between Kai and Brie was talked about as if it were serious, but the actions didnt really match all the talk. I hope to get more in depth in the next book. Good start though!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Zenda

    Great intro to an ongoing story I had never known this author or her works before this novel. I came across it with my prime reading and it sounded interesting, and I am so glad I did. The prologue dragged a little for me, so it took me longer to get through than it should have, but once it got started, I was hooked! I thought this was a NA novel, but at times, it did feel a bit more YA. I really enjoyed reading this book and am looking forward to starting book 2!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jellybean70

    I LOVE Books with Fae!! This is my first time reading one of Sophie Davis’ books. I will be reading many more!! Loved the female lead Brie she is a strong independent woman. Love her Romance with Prince Kai. If you love Fae, strong females, a bit of mystery and romance. This book is for you.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Idi Rojas

    I loved this book so much. Brie had to go through so much to be able to decide where her loyalties lied but in the end it's just a matter of listening to our gut, our instincts. She was so amazing. I couldn't help but relate to her. Feelings are always complicated. I loved this book so much. Brie had to go through so much to be able to decide where her loyalties lied but in the end it's just a matter of listening to our gut, our instincts. She was so amazing. I couldn't help but relate to her. Feelings are always complicated.

  12. 5 out of 5

    E Varady

    Decent A good premise - I definitely like the complexity of the magical world. Technically speaking, the book is well written. I noticed only a few typos. I would say this book feels more YA than NA despite the age of the characters. Some of the plot points were very obvious; I connected some dots in the first couple chapters so it made the story less intriguing than if I had been surprised. I felt the romance moved too fast for a couple dealing with the societal issues that these two are. There Decent A good premise - I definitely like the complexity of the magical world. Technically speaking, the book is well written. I noticed only a few typos. I would say this book feels more YA than NA despite the age of the characters. Some of the plot points were very obvious; I connected some dots in the first couple chapters so it made the story less intriguing than if I had been surprised. I felt the romance moved too fast for a couple dealing with the societal issues that these two are. There wasn't enough angst or generally being torn up about the fact she was into a castor, IMO. Yeah she periodically admits to confusion or guilt but then she kisses him in date 1? Shouldn't she have been way less willing to let him in her physical space due to her hatred of his kind? It all felt a little too forced. Plus where they are at in their relationship at the end of the book doesn't make sense. They've been dating only 2 or 3 weeks he's dropping hints of making her his queen and she's thought about marriage to him. Way too fast for me to accept, even without their issues. This sense of blind puppy love makes this book feel unexpectedly young and I often forgot that the characters aren't teenagers. I also don't get why she's so traumatized by Mat and his one bite (I do get it was truly traumatic because she didn't choose it) when she's got more traumatic experiences in her five years as a slave/second class citizen under her belt. Maybe there's more to the story than we know right now, but my guess is not so that all fell a bit flat for me. And why doesn't this chick want to go home? Shouldn't she be obsessed with that? I get helping people but she should have some personal goals. Right now she feels too complacent. And I want to know more about her fights. That's more interesting than a shopping trip to find the right date outfit. Seriously. Also, people who make their livelihood fighting don't go out to get drunk or eat bad food. It's a personal pet peeve of mine when people depict fighters and other athletes getting drunk or eating bad carbs constantly. Their bodies need to be in peak condition; the requirements for that should be obvious. While this book has flaws, and I may not read the rest of the series (still undecided), I do think it will appeal to a lot of readers who have a taste for a Cinderella story where Cinderella isn't languishing in an attic. If you also like YA and a bit of magic, all the better.

  13. 5 out of 5

    K Elise

    I am giving this 4 stars only because there were numerous typos, and it was fairly predictable. However, it was very enjoyable! Less action packed than I had anticipated, but the characters and they way they were developed were compelling, and the last couple chapters moved at a very quick pace. I can’t wait to read the next one! I think there will be more action there, and plenty of drama as Brie tries to hold her relationships together. If you enjoyed Aveyard’s Red Queen series, I think you’ll I am giving this 4 stars only because there were numerous typos, and it was fairly predictable. However, it was very enjoyable! Less action packed than I had anticipated, but the characters and they way they were developed were compelling, and the last couple chapters moved at a very quick pace. I can’t wait to read the next one! I think there will be more action there, and plenty of drama as Brie tries to hold her relationships together. If you enjoyed Aveyard’s Red Queen series, I think you’ll find this in the same vein of tension and intrigue. You can’t help but love these characters, even those that don’t get a lot of page time. The world that the author has created is unique and fascinating. I hope to find out more about how things became the way they are throughout the rest of the series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    A good book that starts with a gripping beginning, but then it dragged for me towards the middle. To be honest, I put it down and went to another book for a while because it was losing my interest. But I saw how many reviewers were talking about the story and so I picked it back up again to finish it and I am glad I did. I am interested if Maybrie's past characters will show in book 2 but I am more interested to see what Kai will do when he discovers the whole story of what happened at the end o A good book that starts with a gripping beginning, but then it dragged for me towards the middle. To be honest, I put it down and went to another book for a while because it was losing my interest. But I saw how many reviewers were talking about the story and so I picked it back up again to finish it and I am glad I did. I am interested if Maybrie's past characters will show in book 2 but I am more interested to see what Kai will do when he discovers the whole story of what happened at the end of book 1.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dyan Domingo

    Can’t wait for the next book! An engaging story! I also thought she had a unique take on the supernatural world having the casters on top and the frozen freelands outside the domes. One thing that I love about Sophie Davis books is she always has great female character leads that are strong and independent. Kai and Maybrie’s relationship is great but my favorite in the series is Kenoa and Kai’s friendship. Can’t wait to see what happens next in the series!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Hoeflich

    If this is earth, why are there four moons? Overall, I loved this book! Brie is likeable, and I had no trouble rooting for her! I enjoyed the tension, and I’m just waiting for you-know-what to hit the fan when Kai discovers the truth. Will he understand, or will it drive them apart? Looking forward to the next one!

  17. 5 out of 5

    L.J. Bus

    Such a great story!! In a world that has been frozen over for decades (or centuries?), Fae, Shifters and Vampires can survive outside in the freezing cold but the humans can’t. It is simply too cold for them, without having any magic of their own to battle that cold. So those people live in these domes where they have artifical normal weather and day and night simulations with sun, moon and stars and all, just as it appaers outside that dome. Although they have none of their own, these humans can Such a great story!! In a world that has been frozen over for decades (or centuries?), Fae, Shifters and Vampires can survive outside in the freezing cold but the humans can’t. It is simply too cold for them, without having any magic of their own to battle that cold. So those people live in these domes where they have artifical normal weather and day and night simulations with sun, moon and stars and all, just as it appaers outside that dome. Although they have none of their own, these humans can use magic, if taken from the magical beings and so the Fae are hunted to be sold into slavery to these humans, called Casters. Fae are given a few options that practically all come down to the same thing: they need to lend/give away magic to the Casters. Since it’s imbued in every cell of their being, they replentish and can keep giving away magic. And that’s why they are enlisted as slaves in a so-called job as a house Fae to lend magic to a whole household or as a well trained sophisticating bride-to-be (after attending the special school to “prepare Fae for marriage”) so they can become a bride/wife for a rich Caster to be his constant powersource, or even some other options that are even less appealing but always with the same outcome: letting the Casters have their magic so they can keep casting whatever they want to cast. The story begins with a prologue where Brie, a Fire Fae (Fire Fae’s apparently aren’t common) is being captured by “Cowboys”, which are these renegate bounty hunter-like vampires and then she’s sold to a kingdom far away. The story then jumps 5 years into the future and Brie has gained a lot of fans and fame by being one of the most succesful fighters in the fighting pits. Since she was too headstrong to consider any of the magic-lending options after arriving in this kingdom, she was given (and jumped at) the chance to fight in the fighting pits to earn her freedom that way. At least that way she wouldn’t need to give away her magic. But with a rebellion brewing in one direction and a stubborn Caster Prince fishing for Brie’s attention and some missing Fae and Casters, this book is filled with captivating moments that keep you wondering. There are some amazing things in this book. Some details are written down so perfectly, others leave you to you own imagination but most of all, it’s a story about friendship. It is a beauty to see how close the fighters are outside the pits. They really are a loyal bunch. It’s also about morals and choosing the right thing within the not so righteous options. And about surviving the best way possible... about who to trust when you suddenly begin to question every believe you ever had. In short: it’s captivating!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tina Gundy

    Throne of Winter (Dark Court: The Fire Fae, Book 1) by Sophie Davis and narrated by Sarah Puckett is an enjoyable YA story with tons of potential. Recommend if you’re looking for a YA story with magical elements. 4 stars for story, 3 for narration. What’s it about? Maybrie (Brie), who is of Fae blood, was captured when she was younger and has been fighting in the pits in order to gain her freedom. She has become a well-known fighter over the years but despite this, she is still considered to be o Throne of Winter (Dark Court: The Fire Fae, Book 1) by Sophie Davis and narrated by Sarah Puckett is an enjoyable YA story with tons of potential. Recommend if you’re looking for a YA story with magical elements. 4 stars for story, 3 for narration. What’s it about? Maybrie (Brie), who is of Fae blood, was captured when she was younger and has been fighting in the pits in order to gain her freedom. She has become a well-known fighter over the years but despite this, she is still considered to be of the lowest caste (Casters, Shifters, Fae, and Vampires). She moonlights as a waitress to give money to the resistance. She meets Prince Kai one night who asks her on a date. Brie is asked to spy on him by the rebellion, however, her feelings soon get in the way and she is torn on what to do and who to trust. The world is set as a dystopian with tech and magical elements. There are things I absolutely love about this book, then there are parts lacking details (hopefully in future installments?) or too much detail on unimportant things that would keep the story moving. If you find yourself saying meh to the beginning, please stick with it as once it picks up, it gets better. The narrator, Sarah Puckett, was not my cup of tea in the beginning, but she did grow on me and improved as the story progressed. I turned the book off several times before making it to a point where I wanted to listen and not put it down. The beginning is rough (story too), but as it goes on, she gets better (not so monotone, not so meh). With this being said, I would listen to the second book in the series and hope it’s in production. *I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Maybrie Hawkins was kidnapped on the night of four fire moons by a vampire to... (not entire sure why, I'm assuming it's for her magic). She rises in the fighting pits as a female star fighter, and we... get day to day goings of what she eats and her text messages. DNF 78% I picked this up in Prime library. I thought they screened books to weed out the stuff like this. Okay, here's what I didn't like: * clunky phrases / descriptions * weak world building * play-by-play of her day—seriously, we got h Maybrie Hawkins was kidnapped on the night of four fire moons by a vampire to... (not entire sure why, I'm assuming it's for her magic). She rises in the fighting pits as a female star fighter, and we... get day to day goings of what she eats and her text messages. DNF 78% I picked this up in Prime library. I thought they screened books to weed out the stuff like this. Okay, here's what I didn't like: * clunky phrases / descriptions * weak world building * play-by-play of her day—seriously, we got her food, how she felt about her food, how she worked on waiting tables, but never went into much detail of her training and how to use magic. Just that she wasn't good at it, and she preferred not to use it. * messed up sentences! Instead of love life, we get life love. ect ect * missing quotes * stilted dialogue and heavy burly detective syndrome * The forced romance was forced, as well as the whole, I really like him though, was forced. * the rebellion, which could have provided tension and intrigue, was handled through text messages and a couple phone calls. Here's what I liked: I've never seen an urban fantasy take place in Hawaii before, and it looked like there could be a great concept going on behind the scenes. Overall, this was boring, and while it might have had a great premise, it wasn't fleshed out or even well written. This was like a hasty 2nd draft read. I'm glad I only borrowed this. Don't recommend

  20. 5 out of 5

    Hetal

    Recieved the audiobook from the author in exchange for review The whole book just had me pulled in beginning to end!! I admit I was confused at the beginning, but I see, by the end why Davis started the story the way she did, and I think any reader will too. Davis weaves a tail of royalty-romance, class-feuds, and espionage. Oh and there's fae. take those factors along with the good writing, and mean I don't really know what else any YA lover could possibly want in a story. Is it cliche? Yes. Do Recieved the audiobook from the author in exchange for review The whole book just had me pulled in beginning to end!! I admit I was confused at the beginning, but I see, by the end why Davis started the story the way she did, and I think any reader will too. Davis weaves a tail of royalty-romance, class-feuds, and espionage. Oh and there's fae. take those factors along with the good writing, and mean I don't really know what else any YA lover could possibly want in a story. Is it cliche? Yes. Do we know where the ending is going with Bree's decision to tell a certain someone about her certain activities? Also, yes. But that doesn't stop me from wanting book 2 RIGHT. NOW. I'm telling you, this series is addicting, and the narrator has such a pleasant. voice! While her range could have been wider for differentiating different characters, she still managed to give each line, each thought the appropriate emotion. Her voice is a pleasant and low rasp that doesn't grate on the ears. you can easily listen for multiple hours! Those traits go a long way in my book! (yes, pun).

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    Dystopian mixed with epic fantasy species; what an interesting idea for a story. Normally the fae are high tier beings in the hierarchy, but in this story they are lowest on the tier despite being the most powerful. I like that it includes some of our normal technology from today (cellphones, laptops), but still has the end of the world component with the Freelands vs the Domes. Even some random references to humans are thrown in. I really like the development of the romance and I appreciate, fo Dystopian mixed with epic fantasy species; what an interesting idea for a story. Normally the fae are high tier beings in the hierarchy, but in this story they are lowest on the tier despite being the most powerful. I like that it includes some of our normal technology from today (cellphones, laptops), but still has the end of the world component with the Freelands vs the Domes. Even some random references to humans are thrown in. I really like the development of the romance and I appreciate, for once, that the main character recognizes that she does have feelings, even though she shouldn’t, rather than be untruthful with herself. The twist at the end is not what I expected, but I liked the flashback character and I’m excited to see how they all come into play again. I wish we would have received a little more background as to why the fighting pits evolved in the first place when (I assume) they did not exist before the freeze. A little more back story and development of the Tanner relationship may have been helpful to give more credence to her situation and choices.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bran Stoker

    I love when a book takes you by surprise. Not unlike Kai does to Brie. I went into this book with a committal interest, and walked away a zealous fan. I finished it in one sitting , unable to put it down. The world that Davis has created is fascinating. I know other reviewers said not knowing the premise and beginnings was a fault of the story, but I completely disagree. I can not even compare the beginning of this series to anything, because it is the most unique encounter I have had in a while I love when a book takes you by surprise. Not unlike Kai does to Brie. I went into this book with a committal interest, and walked away a zealous fan. I finished it in one sitting , unable to put it down. The world that Davis has created is fascinating. I know other reviewers said not knowing the premise and beginnings was a fault of the story, but I completely disagree. I can not even compare the beginning of this series to anything, because it is the most unique encounter I have had in a while, and that speaks volumes of Sophie Davis' talent, creativity and genius. This easily fits into my list of "written on the calender count down to next book "series and authors. That is a list that holds the likes Leigh Bardugo, Jim Butcher, and Emily Duncan ...so it is safe to say you need to read this book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kelsi Jacob

    Wow! Another terrific job! I could not put this book down. I squeezed in time between two jobs, school and a puppy in order to finish this book. I personally thought the characters were developed nicely and every page had me on the edge wanting more. Brie, although strong and independent has a deep rooted sense of vulnerability from everything she has gone through . I really liked Brie and Kai’s relationship, even with the lies. I have to admit I didn’t see the one vampires involvement which was Wow! Another terrific job! I could not put this book down. I squeezed in time between two jobs, school and a puppy in order to finish this book. I personally thought the characters were developed nicely and every page had me on the edge wanting more. Brie, although strong and independent has a deep rooted sense of vulnerability from everything she has gone through . I really liked Brie and Kai’s relationship, even with the lies. I have to admit I didn’t see the one vampires involvement which was a nice surprise. The world in which the story is in is very different from any world that I have read before. This made the book more excited to see all the elements of it. Once again, another fantastic series that I am excited to read!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ruby

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I received this free book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I am a huge fan of Sofie Davis. I love their writing, characters and storylines. This book is a fantasy and it was my first read on vampires, castors, faes etc. so I don’t know much about them and their coexistence. I was a bit lost as to what happened before the freeze, I’m hoping the next book will shed some light on that. Brie is tough and smart and Kai is sweet, I do want to see them stay together although their first kiss I received this free book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I am a huge fan of Sofie Davis. I love their writing, characters and storylines. This book is a fantasy and it was my first read on vampires, castors, faes etc. so I don’t know much about them and their coexistence. I was a bit lost as to what happened before the freeze, I’m hoping the next book will shed some light on that. Brie is tough and smart and Kai is sweet, I do want to see them stay together although their first kiss came pretty quick as did his sneak peek at her! I enjoyed the writing, the story and I am looking forward to finding out more about this fantasy world and Brie’s past. I hope she will be able to see her family and friends from home and get revenge on Matt!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Bell

    There are very few books that can hold my attention for long periods of time. But this book did just that. I'm not ashamed to say that I read it all in one sitting, and that I stayed up most of the night to finish it. The story is set in is such an interesting world... Witches, Warlocks, Fae, Vampires... I was hesitant about the distopian Hawaii location at first, but the authors did a great job with it. Brie is an intense, badass, female lead. I can't wait to see what happens next. I'm hoping we There are very few books that can hold my attention for long periods of time. But this book did just that. I'm not ashamed to say that I read it all in one sitting, and that I stayed up most of the night to finish it. The story is set in is such an interesting world... Witches, Warlocks, Fae, Vampires... I was hesitant about the distopian Hawaii location at first, but the authors did a great job with it. Brie is an intense, badass, female lead. I can't wait to see what happens next. I'm hoping we get to go a little more in depth with her relationship with Kia. Now I'm off to read Throne of Fire

  26. 5 out of 5

    Laura Martinez

    I thought the story was very interesting and I liked how it had multiple genres. It had UF, drama, dystopian, with a hint of romance in this book. I loved how it was said that the beach was there but that this was a frozen place. I could just picture it in my head along with the people that lived in this world. For the first book I thought that it was promising and I still have tons of questions that I’m hoping book 2 will answer. Audio: I listened to the narrator and thought she was okay. I had I thought the story was very interesting and I liked how it had multiple genres. It had UF, drama, dystopian, with a hint of romance in this book. I loved how it was said that the beach was there but that this was a frozen place. I could just picture it in my head along with the people that lived in this world. For the first book I thought that it was promising and I still have tons of questions that I’m hoping book 2 will answer. Audio: I listened to the narrator and thought she was okay. I had to speed it up to get by.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Leah Dynes

    I really loved this book. Brie is stolen from her family and community by vampires, and brought to live in the dome in Hawaii. She becomes a famous fighter, while making friends and joining the rebellion against the Casters along the way. When Prince Kai shows interest in her, she’s wary of him. But when she starts to get to know him, she becomes pulled in two different directions. And when their whole world is turned upside down, she will have to choose a side. I can’t wait for another book!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    So many elements of fantasy and dystopian in one series. I've never read a novel with so many fantastical races in one place and I love it! In true Sophie fashion the emotion flows so easily through the characters in this book regardless of which realm they originate from. Every series that comes from the minds of these girls is amazing and definitely worth the read. The only downside is waiting for the next instalment of the series! 😩Bring on Book 2!! 🤓 So many elements of fantasy and dystopian in one series. I've never read a novel with so many fantastical races in one place and I love it! In true Sophie fashion the emotion flows so easily through the characters in this book regardless of which realm they originate from. Every series that comes from the minds of these girls is amazing and definitely worth the read. The only downside is waiting for the next instalment of the series! 😩Bring on Book 2!! 🤓

  29. 5 out of 5

    CHRISTINA PEACOCK

    Very good read I decided to give this book a try and got wrapped in it I couldn't put it down. The main character is pulled into situations she never intended to be in. Kinda of like the road to hell is paved with good intentions. She tries to own up to mistakes and doesn't whine. When faced with new facts she actually thinks about what it could mean not with the attitude of I'm right everyone else is wrong. I would totally recommend this book. I'm moving in to next one Very good read I decided to give this book a try and got wrapped in it I couldn't put it down. The main character is pulled into situations she never intended to be in. Kinda of like the road to hell is paved with good intentions. She tries to own up to mistakes and doesn't whine. When faced with new facts she actually thinks about what it could mean not with the attitude of I'm right everyone else is wrong. I would totally recommend this book. I'm moving in to next one

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bev

    What a fabulous story. Brie is a fae and captured by vampires. Kai is the prince of the kingdom under the dome and this is where Brie lives now. Over the years, she has become a famous fighter and Kai has his eyes on her. What he doesn't know is that she also works for the rebellion. Brilliant story and I cannot wait for the next one. Very highly recommended. What a fabulous story. Brie is a fae and captured by vampires. Kai is the prince of the kingdom under the dome and this is where Brie lives now. Over the years, she has become a famous fighter and Kai has his eyes on her. What he doesn't know is that she also works for the rebellion. Brilliant story and I cannot wait for the next one. Very highly recommended.

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