A magical romance - I was pleasantly surprised
'Taken By The Huntsman' follows the journey of Cassie, a lonely woman barely coping in the human world, and Cadeyrn, the Elking and leader of the Wild Hunt. Cassie is kidnapped and hidden away inside Cadeyrn's fortress in Fairie once he realizes that she is to be his destined soulmate. Cadeyrn acts with good intentions and is the hero of the story despite the way my description makes him sound. The story is a fairy tale (no pun intended) that reminded me of the mystery and wonder I felt as a child reading similar stories. The romantic and magical quality of this book may have appealed to my inner child but there were more explicit aspects that could only be appreciated by my present maturity.
'Taken By The Hunstman' was engaging, well written and thought provoking while remaining entertaining and erotic. That combination is often rare in books standing out in the genre of fantasy romance. The author does a terrific job of keeping your attention and walking the reader through the magical realm of the Fae with enough backstory and description to introduce the characters, their language, their history and their culture to those who love fantasy and those without prior experience to this world. The sensual nature of the novel is handled with dignity and great care even though the sex is erotic and extremely steamy. This is a feat in and of itself. The sexual aspect intertwines with the romance and was presented in a way that is not heavy handed at all. Even the introduction of bondage fits well with the characters and their struggle to come to terms with love and how it differs across the gap between the world of the Fae and the world of the humans.
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. There were a few grammatical errors, as to be expected with indie books, none of which deterred me from falling in love with the story and the characters. I'll be anxiously awaiting the author's next release.
Who Is Mistral Dawn?
Mistral Dawn is a thirty-something gal who has lived on both coasts of the US but somehow never in the middle. She currently resides in the Southeast US with her kitty cats (please spay or neuter! :-)) where she works as a hospital drudge and attends graduate school. Taken By The Huntsman is her first effort at writing fiction and if it is well received she has ideas for several more novels and short-stories in this series. Please feel free to visit her on FaceBook or drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
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