Book: Lord of Hearth, Lord of Hollow
Author: Sera Kane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 20, 2016
Length: 58 pages (novella)
Reviewed by Meredith
Culinary school is hard enough for Aimes Cully without mixing in an utterly underwhelming physical appearance—too small, too delicate, too red-haired, too freckled, too human—added with the inability to magically improve the food—still too human—and facing the too beautiful, too fae-looking Aleksi’s teases and taunts. When rumors surface that Aimes’s older brother’s success is a lie, Aimes is determined to prove them wrong and show that pure-blooded humans are the equal of anyone with mixed blood.
But things get worse after Aimes is caught in a faerie ring and transported to the fae hollow of Lord Keanewyeth Ordioral. As the attraction heats up, it becomes obvious that there’s something wrong in the magical home. A cursed creature appears, and everything becomes jumbled as the secrets of their lives collide into a painful concoction of Aimes’s past and Keanewyeth’s present. But if they can meld their talents, they might be able to save each other.
Beware of the Fae! Seriously! Unless you’re Keane I feel like all the fae are horrible! Aimes is a human in a fae world. This novella was full of fantasy, excitement, sorrow, and bravery.
Curses are running rampant in this story and it seems so much sacrifice is needed to lift anything. Sera Kane didn’t pull any punches when it came to heartbreak. There’s loss in this story that left me with a lingering haunted feeling. Aimes and Keane are delightful, when they actually get a moment to just be. But the tornado of drama in such a short story hardly let you catch your breath.
Novellas are short and normally leave me feeling unsatisfied. But this one was action packed and though sad at times it was fulfilling.
It can easily be a full length novel as the author hints to amazing possibilities with characters, possible adventures, and magic of course.
I’d love to see more happen for these characters. All in all it’s a short and exciting read.
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