Feature book: Fire Kin
Bryony is a Fae healer who has chosen to live amongst humans, working in a hospital run by the Templars. With her strong abilities and years in service to those who need her, she is now in charge. The work has helped her survive the loss of the man she loved some thirty years earlier. It’s a fleeting moment in time for the long-lived Fae, but no easier to bear the pain and loss. When Ash was exiled from the Fae Court, Bryony no longer wanted to live there either, disgusted and disillusioned with the constant machinations of the Court and those who had nothing better to do to entertain themselves and each other. Bryony found the never-ending intrigues frustrating and pointless, whereas the Half-Light City offered a place where she could use her gifts in a meaningful way. There was always plenty of work in the city’s hospitals, plenty of people who appreciated her healing gift. Not that she has disdained the Court altogether as she still has her family there, but knowing she could leave at any time, having a home outside of Court was worth the hard work. But now the Court is in disarray. The Veiled Queen has been murdered and no one has yet taken the throne. There is no clear contender.
Asharic sa’Uriel’pellar was exiled thirty years ago. Now he has been called to the Half-Light City with his two thousand mercenaries to help fight a war against the Blood and Beasts. It’s very close to the Fae Court, and now that the Veiled Queen is dead he is no longer an exile and can return to the Court. But he is not sure yet if he wants to. Importantly, coming back to the City gives him a chance to seek out Bryony, to hope that she has not forgotten him and the love they once had for each other.
But that is not going to be easy, given the daily intrigues of the Court, the viciousness of the Blood under its ruthless leader and the many at Court who seem to want him dead. The war, if it comes, will bring death and destruction on a major scale and keeping alive, keeping others alive and particularly Bryony, will take all his skills and energy.
I loved the previous book and vowed I would read more. Reading this one makes me even more determined to seek out the rest of the series and read from the start. This is seriously good world-building, with intricate political intrigue and characters who I invested in emotionally. They were very real in this fantasy world. I loved everything about it all and I commend MJ Scott. If you are a fantasy fan, and even if you want to start this genre, this series is an excellent place to begin. I’ll certainly keep following this author. I recommend you do too. 🙂
Reviewed by Rosalie
A review copy of this book was provided by the author. All ARRA members who leave a comment on this article by 13 January 2015 will go in the draw to win the book.