Monday, November 20, 2023

"Flames Like Darkness"
by Belle Manuel and Angelina J. Steffort

Calla has been raised to take over ruling for her father one day. She hopes that she can make life better for everyone, both human and fae, and not just for the rich and powerful. But there are those who feel differently and don’t want such changes. And after an incident in which it is discovered by a few that Calla possesses faerie magic, things begin to happen quickly, and it appears that only the half-fae man who had mistakenly kidnapped her rather than his intended target may be able to keep her safe from other assassins.

I received a review copy of this book. And found it to be an interesting story. Griffin doesn't know much about where he came from, and had to learn how to control his power on his own. Now he has saved the life of the princess, and it looks like he may be the only one able to help her in more ways than one.

I enjoyed reading this book. While Griffin isn't always the most appealing of characters, it is easy to understand why he behaves as he does. He has been deeply hurt more than once in his life and fears letting others in again. Calla, on.the other hand, is a good deal more trusting and seems to see people for who they can be, and not necessarily who they are. And yet somehow, these two nearly opposites seem to work well together, despite neither seeming to actually want to admit how they feel, both about themselves and each other. One is fire and light, and the other darkness and shadows. And yet, together they seem to work, if they can learn to trust.

I felt this was an interesting story, and really want to see where it will go in the next book. Be warned though, this book ends on a cliffhanger, so if like me you read it before the next book has been released, you'll have a bit of a wait to find out what happens. (I don't know about you, but I will definitely be waiting and watching for book two.)

If you enjoy fantasy novels that deal with fae and human relations, as well as including some subjects that exist in our world, (such as love, jealousy, poverty, and racial hatred), then take a look at this book. These themes aren't always obvious, but they are there nonetheless. And in my opinion, they make this book that much more appealing.

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