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  • By Jason Shannon
    Apr 9, 2013
    The author here is a dear friend of mine, so you'll have to excuse the inherent bias within this review. This book can be classed as both an urban fantasy novel and a paranormal romance. I've never read a paranormal romance before, so I have absolutely no basis of comparison here, but I generally dislike romance in general because it's excessively predictable, formulaic and often reinforces (if only subconsciously) cultural notions of the normal relationship, gender roles and commitment[1]. The story revolves around the Fae (fairies) Nia and Aidan, him being the king, unbeknownst and living in plain sight as a mortal, and her being a member of the governing council on the female side of things, whose infant sister has recently been abducted and the rest of her family slain. The Fae have been in a civil war for millennia between man and woman. This was one aspect of the story that I really liked; the eternal battle of the sexes. The book is four parts long, each dealing with different... More > aspects of their journey. At one point, they even begin travelling back in time, and it's clear that McIntyre has an eclectic interest in history. This was one of the things McIntyre did really well – she didn't treat her audience like idiots. I have a bit of an odd interest in history as well, and there comes a point in a lot of writing when the author will launch into some monologue explaining that little piece of history. For anyone that does already know something about it, they're treated like idiots. Here, McIntyre takes us to the downfall of the Inca to feudal Japan to Carthage, and, although there is some background, it feels natural in the dialogue. She gives her audience the benefit of the doubt that they either know some of this already, or have access to Google. I like a story that travels, as this certainly does, I like a good buffet of history, and the storyline is certainly gripping, compelling you to finish and see what happens. I'm glad I had the opportunity to read this. [1]: Note, I'm a marriage abolitionist, which is most easily (though not entirely accurately) explained through the common retort “It's just a piece of paper.” My outlook in this regard tends to taint my view of traditional romance or love angle storylines because they (on some level) usually play into an aspect of partnership I find to be false, misleading or otherwise flawed. Therefore, this counts as one more bias I have against the genre.< Less
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Product Details

ISBN
9781300772347
Edition
First Edition
Publisher
Lulu Publishing
Published
April 3, 2013
Language
English
Pages
293
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
1.1 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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