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A snarky fae, a sexy king, and forbidden desire deep as the sea. Once, I was a fae princess with sea-magic at my fingertips. Now? I’m a hunted supernatural in a squalid shop, stripped of my power. My only comforts are stale cookies, Elvis records, and my hula-hoop. Until a lethally sexy fae king arrives and rips even those away.  After the brutal king throws me in prison, A snarky fae, a sexy king, and forbidden desire deep as the sea. Once, I was a fae princess with sea-magic at my fingertips. Now? I’m a hunted supernatural in a squalid shop, stripped of my power. My only comforts are stale cookies, Elvis records, and my hula-hoop. Until a lethally sexy fae king arrives and rips even those away.  After the brutal king throws me in prison, I strike a bargain with him: my freedom in exchange for helping him find a magic blade. What Lyr doesn’t know is that the blade might restore my stolen magic. But as we journey, the gorgeous jerk is starting to make me feel things I’ve never felt. When Lyr touches me, desire ignites. I see raging passion in his eyes, too. If I give in, I risk losing my chance at reclaiming my power. Even worse... I could be forfeiting my life.


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A snarky fae, a sexy king, and forbidden desire deep as the sea. Once, I was a fae princess with sea-magic at my fingertips. Now? I’m a hunted supernatural in a squalid shop, stripped of my power. My only comforts are stale cookies, Elvis records, and my hula-hoop. Until a lethally sexy fae king arrives and rips even those away.  After the brutal king throws me in prison, A snarky fae, a sexy king, and forbidden desire deep as the sea. Once, I was a fae princess with sea-magic at my fingertips. Now? I’m a hunted supernatural in a squalid shop, stripped of my power. My only comforts are stale cookies, Elvis records, and my hula-hoop. Until a lethally sexy fae king arrives and rips even those away.  After the brutal king throws me in prison, I strike a bargain with him: my freedom in exchange for helping him find a magic blade. What Lyr doesn’t know is that the blade might restore my stolen magic. But as we journey, the gorgeous jerk is starting to make me feel things I’ve never felt. When Lyr touches me, desire ignites. I see raging passion in his eyes, too. If I give in, I risk losing my chance at reclaiming my power. Even worse... I could be forfeiting my life.

30 review for Dark King

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lia (booksnpenguins)

    reviews: it's really not that good me: i'm probably not gonna like it but the blurb says there's a lethally sexy fae king and i just can't resist this combination of words reviews: you shouldn't read it just bc of that me: i know but lethally sexy fae king reviews: that's not a good reason me: of course but what about lethally sexy fae king reviews: look, it real- me: l e t h a l l y s e x y f a e k i n g

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maca

    I am not a fan of fairies, but I didn’t mind them here. So it was not the problem, but the problem for me was that the plot was dragging and it seemed to me like almost nothing major really happened during the whole story. I was still waiting for something big to happen, but it never came and there was also cheating so it’s a no for me (there are people who count it as a cheating and people who don’t count it as a cheating, but in my opinion it is). And I didn’t especially care about the character I am not a fan of fairies, but I didn’t mind them here. So it was not the problem, but the problem for me was that the plot was dragging and it seemed to me like almost nothing major really happened during the whole story. I was still waiting for something big to happen, but it never came and there was also cheating so it’s a no for me (there are people who count it as a cheating and people who don’t count it as a cheating, but in my opinion it is). And I didn’t especially care about the characters. I don’t know why but the MC Aenor and her love interest Lyr kind of remind me Feyre & Tamlin and Salem reminds me Rhys (ACOTAR) 😬 And Aenor (Feyre) said this about Salem (Rhys) when she saw him for the first time: „Possibly the most beautiful man I’d ever seen.“ So you probably know who I think she'll end up with. 2,25⭐️

  3. 5 out of 5

    ❤️Emma Book Lover ❤️

    3 STARS ⭐️ This is my first book by this author.. and I must say I wasn’t very impressed. I mean it wasn’t bad but didn’t kept me on the edge of my seat either. What I liked was the world , where sea fae were the rulers . I haven’t read before a book with sea immortals and I liked it to be honest, was different, interesting and captivating. I don’t have much to say about the storyline, was a continuous running: Lyr and Aenor trying to escape evil spirits . The plot was predictable and after 150 p 3 STARS ⭐️ This is my first book by this author.. and I must say I wasn’t very impressed. I mean it wasn’t bad but didn’t kept me on the edge of my seat either. What I liked was the world , where sea fae were the rulers . I haven’t read before a book with sea immortals and I liked it to be honest, was different, interesting and captivating. I don’t have much to say about the storyline, was a continuous running: Lyr and Aenor trying to escape evil spirits . The plot was predictable and after 150 pages I already had an idea where the story goes 🙄. The H and h didn’t seem to be good for each other imo , no chemistry, no sexual tension, doubting all the time, murderous thoughts and so on. I was more interested and intrigued by secondary characters like Gwydion (sassy , funny, charming 😬) oh and the villain ,Salem, now that is something to look forward 😍. So yeah, we have some torture, violence, ow drama, veryyy low on steamy scenes ( just one) excluding the dreams the h had . I m not sure I ll continue reading this tbh... but then only time can tell for sure. 🤗🤗

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christa

    I liked Lyr just fine. And he’s hot - look at that cover. But I sure hope Salem is on the next cover. Why do I always like the baddie more than the designated love interest in the series? Ok let’s get to the story. Aenor is a fae living as a refuge in the human world. She’s close to her human friend Gina - who she rescued from demons a few years ago. But fae aren’t to live with humans or do magic with them. So the fae enforcers are coming after her. She shoots and kills Lyr right away. He’s a dea I liked Lyr just fine. And he’s hot - look at that cover. But I sure hope Salem is on the next cover. Why do I always like the baddie more than the designated love interest in the series? Ok let’s get to the story. Aenor is a fae living as a refuge in the human world. She’s close to her human friend Gina - who she rescued from demons a few years ago. But fae aren’t to live with humans or do magic with them. So the fae enforcers are coming after her. She shoots and kills Lyr right away. He’s a death demigod though - so it’s a bit awkward when he comes back. His breath warmed the shell of my ear. “You killed me.” The dark power in his voice rushed over my skin. “With iron. Fucking… shot me.” Animal rage imbued his words. Whoops? So in exchange for Gina being taken care of, Aenor agrees to help Lyr find a magical knife that has her ancestral powers. Did I forget to mention that Aenor is a lost princess whose powers were stolen after her nation was destroyed? Even though it has a lot of stereotypical fantasy tropes, it’s a lot of fun. And it has a great villain. But I’m really interested in Salem. I stared at the stranger, who moved toward me with an elegant grace. His beauty felt like glass shattering in my heart. Dark hair swept over his forehead, and the morning light blazed over his face. His eyes were dusky hues—purple streaked with gold, and his cheekbones were blade-sharp. Possibly the most beautiful man I’d ever seen. I realized I’d simply stopped walking. I’m such a sucker for a villain romance. Or antihero. Or villain redemption arc. So I see what I want to see. But man, if that intro didn’t remind me of Rhysand - Rhysand when he was bad and interesting. If he’s on the next cover I’m gonna squeal. It’s hard to recommend the first book of a series when I don’t know where it’s headed. Also it’s not about mermaids- I wasn’t sure of that before reading. But I enjoyed it and it’s free on kindle unlimited.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Princess under cover

    Eh... as pretty as that cover is, I don't think I'll be reading another fantasy novel for a while. Just not my speed. It wasn't bad.

  6. 4 out of 5

    melissafandomworld

    3.5 stars! So this was quite an entertaining read, I must say! It reminds me a bit of Gena Showalter’s Lord of the Underworld series combined with Amelia Hutchin’ The Fae chronicles books. It has the same kind of set up when we compare first books; a feisty female lead, an alpha male who’s destined to be our lead’s enemy but can’t help himself falling in love with her even though he won’t admit it, lol. The alpha male is surrounded by brothers/friends who form a strong group together, that can ta 3.5 stars! So this was quite an entertaining read, I must say! It reminds me a bit of Gena Showalter’s Lord of the Underworld series combined with Amelia Hutchin’ The Fae chronicles books. It has the same kind of set up when we compare first books; a feisty female lead, an alpha male who’s destined to be our lead’s enemy but can’t help himself falling in love with her even though he won’t admit it, lol. The alpha male is surrounded by brothers/friends who form a strong group together, that can take on anything. In this book these minor characters haven’t had the chance to really develop much yet, but I’m hoping that’ll come in the next book and later on in the series. It has action, adventure, and a really interesting magical world which revolves around the Fae. The writing was quite good as in; it definitely kept me entertained and made for a fast-paced read. So those elements were definitely something I really enjoyed. It’s all quite typical to blend these kind of elements together in PNR, but it just works you know? Overall, I did think that this was just an average read. I really liked a lot of elements, but I’ve also read better developed books in the genre. But it’s definitely a book still worth mentioning, when someone’s interested in a PNR and especially likes to read about Fae, Gods, demigods and magic. I’d definitely recommend to pick it up if you’re looking for a new PNR series to get yourself aquatinted with. Book 2 is already waiting to be opened, so lets see how it all continues!

  7. 5 out of 5

    C.N. Crawford

    Hope you love this as much as I loved writing the series. It has fae assassins spanning the British Isles and Israel

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Struggling with what to write because I just loved this book! It was absolutely superb! Writing style is amazing, with the appropriate level of intrigue and mystery that you’re on the edge of your seat and can’t put it down! I made the mistake of starting my journey through this book on my lunch break and almost ended up being late back to work because I completely lost myself in this fantasy world. Highly recommend this book and can’t wait for more!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gaby★Me Myshelf and I★

    3.5 stars It was good and I enjoyed it but something was missing. Maybe it was those extra two - or five- males I need in a book to really enjoy it. Big feminist themes and lots of running for your life from fae out to kill you. The romance was kept in suspense which was good but I don’t think it’s an epic love. Well written and easy to pick up on the world building if you haven’t read any other series by this author. Not sure if I’ll go back or not yet. I did like it but not sure if there’s any 3.5 stars It was good and I enjoyed it but something was missing. Maybe it was those extra two - or five- males I need in a book to really enjoy it. Big feminist themes and lots of running for your life from fae out to kill you. The romance was kept in suspense which was good but I don’t think it’s an epic love. Well written and easy to pick up on the world building if you haven’t read any other series by this author. Not sure if I’ll go back or not yet. I did like it but not sure if there’s anything to keep me reading or not? Time will tell.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Elke

    This is the first book from C.N. Crawford that I've ever read and I can't wait to read some more! I usually have a list of things I did or didn't really like in a book, but this time I only have one: there is a character called Gwydion and creatures called gwyllion. The first time I read about the creatures, my mind was going to the character and I really didn't understand what was going on. But thats about it really. The story was amazing, I really liked that the characters each had their own f This is the first book from C.N. Crawford that I've ever read and I can't wait to read some more! I usually have a list of things I did or didn't really like in a book, but this time I only have one: there is a character called Gwydion and creatures called gwyllion. The first time I read about the creatures, my mind was going to the character and I really didn't understand what was going on. But thats about it really. The story was amazing, I really liked that the characters each had their own flaws and I can't wait to read more from Lyr and Aenor!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    3.5 Sexy fae, assassins, interesting world building, and a mystery plot? Yes please. So in this story we have Aenor, a disgraced fae princess, who has been living amongst humans since good ole Victorian times- and is now living with her human friend Gina- when two mysterious fae assassins show up at her doorstep to take her out. See in this world only a small group of fae are allowed to use their powers in the human realm (mostly to hunt down other fae), while anyone one caught using their power 3.5 Sexy fae, assassins, interesting world building, and a mystery plot? Yes please. So in this story we have Aenor, a disgraced fae princess, who has been living amongst humans since good ole Victorian times- and is now living with her human friend Gina- when two mysterious fae assassins show up at her doorstep to take her out. See in this world only a small group of fae are allowed to use their powers in the human realm (mostly to hunt down other fae), while anyone one caught using their powers is usually sentenced to death. This is a problem for Aenor, because she has a serious sense of justice/revenge and has been helping mostly human women escape from danger for decades. Often by killing said abusers and killers. So I really liked Aenor as a character- and I liked that she was strong in the face of so much sexist bull crap "This was the thing with men, as my mother—Queen Malgven herself—had warned me. It doesn’t matter who you really are. They write their own stories about you. They cast you in one of several roles. The innocent girl who needed teaching. The lunatic who needed calming. The whore who’d break your heart. Or in my case—the demonic prostitute fueled by rage and jealousy. A fallen woman. That was my story, whether or not it was true." story spoilers: but I'm still not convinced by Lyr...something about the way that they ended up getting together was a little off for me. Like how Aenor would suddenly be overcome with the need to sleep with him. I'm not buying his nice guy routine- and I mean come on he did lie to her a lot and keep stuff from her. So not team Lyr atm. Suspicious.... I am interested in where the story is going, and what is up with Salem and his whole backstory!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carly

    This book had so much potential. The plot was really well thought out and interesting, however, the execution was severely lacking. The main character and writing style were the most unbelievable parts. I found the main character's snark, while it had the potential to be humorous, was just childish and unbelievable. One minute she described herself as super powerful, but then the next she was explaining how weak she was. Lots of contradictions. Next, the actual writing style was very weak. There This book had so much potential. The plot was really well thought out and interesting, however, the execution was severely lacking. The main character and writing style were the most unbelievable parts. I found the main character's snark, while it had the potential to be humorous, was just childish and unbelievable. One minute she described herself as super powerful, but then the next she was explaining how weak she was. Lots of contradictions. Next, the actual writing style was very weak. There was a lot of telling instead of showing, and not a lot of detail. Most of the characters were written to be very shallow and air-headed, but also very powerful? This didn't work for me. It again, was unbelievable and childish. The writing was also very simple and rushed. Would I recommend this book? That depends. I would say this book would be a good option for those who mainly read the romance genre. The quick attraction between the two main characters is very similar to what I have seen in other romance books. But here in lies the problem: I have not had a good experience with the romance genre ever. I find the genre to be too simple for me, with too much focus on the two love interests, and not enough focus on the actual story. Because of this, I usually find the actual plot to be very underdeveloped. So yes, if these sorts of things do not bother you, yes I would recommend this book. If you are looking for a book with thought provoking, believable characters with intricate plots and well developed writing, this is not the book for you.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nadia

    Not bad Easy to read, fast-paced and funny, with a kickass heroine. Lyr on the other hand was a bit meh, with all his secret keeping and perfection in every possible aspect. Like I wish he was a little bit flawed in some way.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Wilson

    The Dark King was a wickedly good read, I honestly couldn't put it down. Aenor is an absolute bad ass and the chemistry between her and Lyr is intoxicating. Can't wait for book two!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    Brilliant I really enjoyed this book and it will make me read the shadow far series! I loved all the characters and it had a rich mytho that I got lost in! Highly recommend!!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Zenda

    Loved this book. Aaron was the best part of this. Being honest, this was one of the first books I have read in a while that does not have multiple points of view, but I did not miss it. This is the first book of the Crawford's that I have read, but I will be changing that soon.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Miss Kitten’s Corner

    This was honestly my first fae book and it was fun! Dark King was a fun read for me because I read most of it in a day and the fact that it is fast-paced. I very much disliked how everything started happening after that 70% mark in the book. I appreciated how the romance was building up in the book, but that didn't make sense to me was how they suddenly had a desire for sex and they sudden;y wanted to fuck each other like what?! And aI might have over missed this too but I don't recall the 'dark This was honestly my first fae book and it was fun! Dark King was a fun read for me because I read most of it in a day and the fact that it is fast-paced. I very much disliked how everything started happening after that 70% mark in the book. I appreciated how the romance was building up in the book, but that didn't make sense to me was how they suddenly had a desire for sex and they sudden;y wanted to fuck each other like what?! And aI might have over missed this too but I don't recall the 'dark king' taking off his clothes before 'thrusting into her'. I also liked how violent these sea creatures were because for some reason it made me laugh. I would highly recommend to those who are looking for a fun sea fae creature action-packed book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Georgia

    Nice change of pace Another amazing book!! This book was hilarious. I wasn't expecting the fae knights to use such modern slang but they did and it only made it that much better. Aenor is my kind of girl though she is just a tad power-hungry. I hope there's more of Gina in the next book, that girl is funny. The romance between Lyr and Aenor was more faster-paced than the usual romances of C.N. Crawford which only makes me think that they're going to have troubles ahead. In any case, I look forwar Nice change of pace Another amazing book!! This book was hilarious. I wasn't expecting the fae knights to use such modern slang but they did and it only made it that much better. Aenor is my kind of girl though she is just a tad power-hungry. I hope there's more of Gina in the next book, that girl is funny. The romance between Lyr and Aenor was more faster-paced than the usual romances of C.N. Crawford which only makes me think that they're going to have troubles ahead. In any case, I look forward to more about them.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Karina Webster

    So i found this for free on Prime reading and just devoured it in one sitting. It was so great! A really fun fae romantasy set in Israel with funny side characters and a sexy hero. Definitely going to continue the series & definitely going to check out more if this duo’s work 😄 So i found this for free on Prime reading and just devoured it in one sitting. It was so great! A really fun fae romantasy set in Israel with funny side characters and a sexy hero. Definitely going to continue the series & definitely going to check out more if this duo’s work 😄

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This book was like a car crash: awful, but I couldn’t look away. I wanted to like this. I really tried, but I just couldn’t. Honestly, I bought this book and its sequel on a whim. After reading the synopsis, I wasn’t sure what to think, but it sounded interesting enough to give it a try. The major downfall of this book was that the entire plot was super predictable. So much so that I started guessing what would happen next and mentally gave myself a pat on the back when I was correct in my assum This book was like a car crash: awful, but I couldn’t look away. I wanted to like this. I really tried, but I just couldn’t. Honestly, I bought this book and its sequel on a whim. After reading the synopsis, I wasn’t sure what to think, but it sounded interesting enough to give it a try. The major downfall of this book was that the entire plot was super predictable. So much so that I started guessing what would happen next and mentally gave myself a pat on the back when I was correct in my assumptions. I’m a huge fan of fae books, but Dark King just didn’t do it for me. The characters were unremarkable and bland. I didn’t like the main character, Aenor, at all. She was very childish and immature. Her sarcasm came across as rude and, again, childlike. Throughout the book, she constantly declares that men are evil and that she shouldn’t trust them. Yet, as soon as a male betrays her, she immediately goes running back to him and actually apologizes, as if *she* was the one to do something wrong. WTH. What happened to girl power and all that??? Lyr was a typical fae male, brooding and all-powerful. But that’s about it. There wasn’t anything special about him. I wasn’t rooting for him. I didn’t care if he died or not. He was just...there. That’s never a good sign. I want to read about characters that inspire me, not ones that make me want to hit my head against a wall. Also, if I hear Lyr described as “powerful” or “golden” one more time, I’m going to scream. Another problem with this novel is that there was quite a bit of inner dialogue throughout the book that was unnecessary and repetitive. I became annoyed with that rather quickly. The setting was nothing spectacular. In fact, I had a hard time imagining the world that Dark King was set in because the physical details were severely lacking. What a shame. Aside from that, this book had several grammatical/spelling errors that distracted from the story. I wasn’t impressed with this book at all, but like I said earlier, I couldn’t look away. Since I already bought the second one, I may as well read it and see if it’s any better than this one. The typical fae stories that I’ve read in the past have been compelling, brilliant, magical, and beautiful. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for this one.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Pineappleapprovedbooks

    Oookay!! Characters where terrible - like little kids who in one moment hits another and then five minutes later plays with toys together. All I want to say is that some things shouldn't be to0 easy to forgive. And I don't mean to be a bitch to a person who made you hit your head against bricks, I mean also two bystanders who just watched and where calling her in degenerative names. Main hero just later in book was like best friends with them and while still namecalling was included, it felt mor Oookay!! Characters where terrible - like little kids who in one moment hits another and then five minutes later plays with toys together. All I want to say is that some things shouldn't be to0 easy to forgive. And I don't mean to be a bitch to a person who made you hit your head against bricks, I mean also two bystanders who just watched and where calling her in degenerative names. Main hero just later in book was like best friends with them and while still namecalling was included, it felt more in an almost friendly way. So it was then that I decided that main heroine is stupid and lets others off the hook if enaugh time is passed and doesn't even care if they appologies. Another fragment that made me hit my head against the wall: when she was trown into the prison first time, she was described to wear panties that were too big and where HANGING down and where stinking. First image in my head is she is wearing a diaper. Later when she isn't even washed clean with soap, we have this first "EROTIC" moment with the hero...yeah she - stinking, wet and with a diaper, he - licking her and in his eyes DESIRE. My mind just shuts down.... In conclusion - this book is just like other "no deep characters or story" and is just MEAH

  22. 5 out of 5

    TJ

    I will admit, this book may have rated slightly higher if it hadn’t come at the end of a long list of similar books with the EXACT same character traits. Seriously, does every author nowadays truly believe that to have a strong female character she must be snarky and nasty? I promise, women can be strong and still give a kind word now and then. They can even talk in paragraphs without being rude! SHAEESH!! So, here’s the basic story. H/h hate each other and do really awful things to each other bu I will admit, this book may have rated slightly higher if it hadn’t come at the end of a long list of similar books with the EXACT same character traits. Seriously, does every author nowadays truly believe that to have a strong female character she must be snarky and nasty? I promise, women can be strong and still give a kind word now and then. They can even talk in paragraphs without being rude! SHAEESH!! So, here’s the basic story. H/h hate each other and do really awful things to each other but realize they must work together for a common goal. They fight, hurt, fight (each other and others) and continue their nasty banter, BUT.... each think the other’s body is HAWT so they must give in and have sex. After which, they continue to hate and mistrust the other - fight more, then final conflict. Ta DA! They’re in love (or at least in bed together.) The end. Now, if this trope hasn’t numbed you yet, the book will more than likely rate MUCH higher for you. The overall plot, world-building, creativity, action etc. are all done very well. It’s probably just my mood.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    This book wasn’t exactly what I was expecting in a good way. The author mentioned this was more romance-oriented than her other books. I lean more to less romance, but since I like this author’s writing, I went ahead and took a chance. Yes, the book has more romance in it, but it does still have an interesting plot about Aenor’s past, Lyr’s past, Lyr’s half-brothers, etc. There was only one that that bothered me, and it is all my preference nothing to do with the author, and it’s that I can’t st This book wasn’t exactly what I was expecting in a good way. The author mentioned this was more romance-oriented than her other books. I lean more to less romance, but since I like this author’s writing, I went ahead and took a chance. Yes, the book has more romance in it, but it does still have an interesting plot about Aenor’s past, Lyr’s past, Lyr’s half-brothers, etc. There was only one that that bothered me, and it is all my preference nothing to do with the author, and it’s that I can’t stand when people hide information from each other. Drives me bonkers! LOL! Anyway, this was a great series starter and I look forward to the next book to find out more information about the bearer of the fruit (no spoilers!). I do recommend this book, and I was provided a complimentary copy.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Deur

    Wow, this was a quick read. I finished this in about three hours I think. It says something about how much I enjoyed this book. I picked it up and didn't put it down until I finished. Plot: Once, I was a fae princess with sea-magic at my fingertips. Now? I’m a hunted supernatural in a squalid shop, stripped of my power. My only comforts are stale cookies, Elvis records, and my hula-hoop. Until a lethally sexy fae king arrives and rips even those away. After the brutal king throws me in prison, I Wow, this was a quick read. I finished this in about three hours I think. It says something about how much I enjoyed this book. I picked it up and didn't put it down until I finished. Plot: Once, I was a fae princess with sea-magic at my fingertips. Now? I’m a hunted supernatural in a squalid shop, stripped of my power. My only comforts are stale cookies, Elvis records, and my hula-hoop. Until a lethally sexy fae king arrives and rips even those away. After the brutal king throws me in prison, I strike a bargain with him: my freedom in exchange for helping him find a magic blade. What Lyr doesn’t know is that the blade might restore my stolen magic. But as we journey, the gorgeous jerk is starting to make me feel things I’ve never felt. When Lyr touches me, desire ignites. I see raging passion in his eyes, too. If I give in, I risk losing my chance at reclaiming my power. Even worse... I could be forfeiting my life. This story is quick paced, action packed and has bubbly yet intriguing characters and a budding romance. I enjoyed the plot a lot because A) Faes, B) female badass C) Sexy male Fae. There are little twists and turns along the way that keep the story interesting even though at times I felt as if there was too much happening in a short amount of time. I love action packed books but there has to be a balance and there has to be room for the reader to catch up. When too much happens at once, a reader can lose focus and get confused. I enjoyed seeing the relationship between Lyr and Aenor develop but it felt superficial at times. It went from nothing to all way too quick. While the sexy scenes were just fine the actual relationship building could've been written better. It lacked a little and felt rushed. All in all this was a fun and entertaining read, I really enjoyed the story and the MC's. I was ready to order book 2 and 3 and then I read a spoiler and now I'm done with this series. Probably never going to buy book 2 or 3.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Camila

    So I was pleasantly surprised with this book. Crawford always tends to go back and forth with me. Some books are good, some are not my cup of tea. By no means was I enamored by this book but it has a lot of potential to be more exciting in book two. Characters: Aenor: oooh what a name. Ten points for gryffindor for originality. She's a protective momma to underserved and abused women and can run in heels through knee deep water apparently, so if anyone needs to know who I'm voting for in the next p So I was pleasantly surprised with this book. Crawford always tends to go back and forth with me. Some books are good, some are not my cup of tea. By no means was I enamored by this book but it has a lot of potential to be more exciting in book two. Characters: Aenor: oooh what a name. Ten points for gryffindor for originality. She's a protective momma to underserved and abused women and can run in heels through knee deep water apparently, so if anyone needs to know who I'm voting for in the next presidential election... I'm with her. Lyr: ANOTHER weird but intriguing name.... so is it pronounced like leer or liar because both of those options are kind of terrible. BUT my mind has conjured up a Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill in a Legolas inspired get up with long blonde hair and lots & lots of muscles) look alike as Lyr AND MY OH MY am I a Lyr fan. Hello, hello, Lyr, I'm a huge fan of large bodies of water. Besides that we have two spoiled brothers who are hilarious and Gina, the human who is mooching off the sea gods to stay at the Savoy while Aenor goes to save the... unknown kingdom. Which reminds me I went to a Savoy hotel in Ireland for a facial and the lady literally dropped the lamp on my face mid facial, I'm not making this shit up, but otherwise was a pleasant and overpriced experience. TBH the plot is okay, and I wonder what'll happen in book two. Cause this didn't end in a cliffhanger way but just a weird pause much like the way Crawford chooses weird times to start a new chapter.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    4.5 STARS!! Ok, this was really good. I've done a bunch of reading in the fantasy/romance world, especially as of late, and this is one of the really good ones. The idea was different, at least for me, sea-Fae, kingdoms and mythology under water, demi-Fae, I found it fascinating. I struggled a bit with the world, it's a mix of humans and others but I wish that part gave more info, maybe a map of the mixed world including underneath would have helped me see it in my mind, how the two mix or don't 4.5 STARS!! Ok, this was really good. I've done a bunch of reading in the fantasy/romance world, especially as of late, and this is one of the really good ones. The idea was different, at least for me, sea-Fae, kingdoms and mythology under water, demi-Fae, I found it fascinating. I struggled a bit with the world, it's a mix of humans and others but I wish that part gave more info, maybe a map of the mixed world including underneath would have helped me see it in my mind, how the two mix or don't mix. I also wish it was longer, there were parts I wanted more delving into, but, it's the first book, so, maybe moving forward some of these things will get better explained. The story moves fast, lots going on and I was enchanted. It played like a short movie in my head and when it's over, your like...damn it, cause you just want to stay in the world and explore and demand explanations cause folks are hiding things!!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shyla Colt

    Wow. This story has it all. Humor, heat, lore, and adventure! I didn't realize the journey of sorrow, betrayal, and confusion when I first set out. I liked Aenor. She was a relateable character in a lot ways, just trying to survive after a massive tragedy derailed life as she knew it. Her wit, grit, and fallible nature sold a lot of what was happening. Once a powerful princess, she lost everything when her kingdom was destroyed, her powers were taken and she was thrust into the world unprepared. Wow. This story has it all. Humor, heat, lore, and adventure! I didn't realize the journey of sorrow, betrayal, and confusion when I first set out. I liked Aenor. She was a relateable character in a lot ways, just trying to survive after a massive tragedy derailed life as she knew it. Her wit, grit, and fallible nature sold a lot of what was happening. Once a powerful princess, she lost everything when her kingdom was destroyed, her powers were taken and she was thrust into the world unprepared. Her story is one of survival, misinformation, and so much more. I loved the progression, the portal travel, and the different worlds and beings we encountered in this story! I wasn't the biggest fan of why they thought Aenor was such a villain. I listened to this on audio, and the narrator is phenomenal. Also, Lyre.... love him.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    This was an okay, easy read, but I’ve read so many better fae series and I’m just not invested enough in these characters to read the rest of this one. And I feel bad about it because I always like to read them all. Oh well.🥺 3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lien

    I don't know what it was... I stayed awake until 4am cause I couldn't stop reading but then the 2nd part somehow fell flat to me. It was kinda predictable but not in the oh-I-saw-that-coming-way but more like I wasn't really wowed or shocked by the revelations. The tension between the h and H was good until they did the deed and I found myself suddenly not as invested in them as before. Idk it was weird. This is probably a it's-not-you-it's-me situation.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Eyre

    What an amazing first book to this series! I got totally sucked into the story from the very beginning with its fantastic storyline and awesome characters! Twists and turns to keep u on the edge of your seat, this fun and thrilling ride is one you do not want to miss! Can’t wait to read the next book!

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