Series: THE FAE
Plot Type: Romantic Fantasy
Ratings: Violence—4; Sensuality—2; Humor—2
Publisher and Titles: Tor
Other Fae species—trolls, pixies, etc.—have their own courts and kings. Ruling over most of the Fae is the High King, although a few Fae species exist in separate nations and pledge allegiance only to their own kings.
Leu, the High King of the Fae, never wanted to be the king, and as the series opens, he is trying to determine which of his offspring will succeed him:
This is C.T. Adams' first solo series, and its quality is just as high as her books written with Cathy Clamp under the joint pen name Cat Adams. Click HERE to read my review of Cat Adams' BLOOD SINGER series.
NOVEL 1: The Exile
As the story progresses, Leu learns that Valjeta, a long-time enemy, is about to attack his kingdom, and he creates an elaborate, secretive plan to keep Brianna safe.
Adams tells the story in the third-person voice from the perspectives of several characters, primarily Brianna (16 chapters) and Nick (13 chapters). The remaining 16 chapters are divided among the perspectives of King Leu, Ju-Long (a dragon who is Leu's old friend and his spymaster), Leu's daughter Lucienne, and Asara (Leu's treacherous mistress, the mother of two of his children).
Adams is a terrific writer, and this book is a fine example of her talents. The story drew me in immediately and kept me engrossed right through to its climactic ending. Brianna is a multi-layered character who is torn between her human feelings and her Fae heritage, but she doesn't indulge in long angst-filled interior monologues. (Thank goodness for that!) She tries to make her life in the mortal world as normal as possible, but when events in Faerie erupt into war, she jumps right into the action with passion, courage, advanced martial arts combat skills, and powerful magic. David is also a nicely developed character. Although he is human, David has nurtured his magical heritage and has received unconditional acceptance from Brianna and Pug—acceptance that his homophobic father refuses to give him. Nick's character isn't quite as well developed, but there is time for that in book 2. Now that he knows the truth about Brianna, he'll have to walk a fine line with the FBI agent who is investigating her.
If you love to read well-written, suspenseful, romantic fantasies, I'm sure that you will enjoy this book. Adams' use of multiple perspectives allows the reader to see the whole picture—or at least the parts of it that she wants you to see. I'm definitely looking forward to the second book to see what happens next to Brianna and her friends and foes. Click HERE to read chapter one of The Exile.