A Houston college student, McKenzie Lewis, can track fae by reading the shadows they leave behind. For years she has been working for the fae king, tracking rebels who would claim the Realm. Her job isn't her only secret. She's in love with Kyol, the King's sword master - but human and fae relationships are forbidden. When McKenzie is captured by Aren, the fierce rebel leader, she learns that not everything is as she thought. And McKenzie must decide who to trust and where she stands in the face of a cataclysmic civil war.
©2011 Sandy Williams (P)2012 Tantor
"Featuring a gutsy heroine and plenty of fay lore, this urban fantasy debut should appeal to fans of Seanan McGuire's October Daye novels." (Library Journal)
4.5 stars for this one. I normally don't care for Fae stories but this was different and enjoyable. MacKenzie was a really likable heroine. I haven't listened to Amy Rubinate before but she did a great job narrating this book. She made the heroine really enjoyable.
MacKenzie Lewis is a college student who doubles as a fae tracker for the Fae King. MacKenzie can Shadow Reader, a human GPS who can pinpoint the geographic location of any fae that fissures/teleports in front of her. The King has employed her for years to locate rebel fae who have been trying to cause an uprising in the kingdom.
After 10 years, MacKenzie was ready to retire as the King's shadow reader as she will try to just leave in the human realm. After 10 years of being in love with the King's Sword man Kyol, she is ready to try and meet human males and maybe meet someone who will help her get over Kyol. The king forbade fae to date humans, and so even though Kyol was in love with MacKenzie, he told her there will be no future for them as a couple.
On her last final exam, the rebel fae found MacKenzie and kidnapped her. Their leader Aren was convinced that he could get MacKenzie to work for their side if he could show tell her the rebel's side of the story. Plus, he has the gift of persuasion so he could charm her to "like" him enough to get him to do their bidding.
Aren shares with her truths the King and Kyol never shared with her in 10 years. He made his attraction to her clear and he insisted she learned Fae so she could hear the conversations the King and his council were having since they knew she didn't har Fae.
Slowly, MacKenzie and Aren started liking each other. Then Aren and the King's guards found her. MacKenzie was now in the position of making an informed decision. Does she continue working for the King and continue with Kyol as things were, OR does she switch allegiance to the rebels and see where this thing with Aren would go?
Plus, her life was at stake if she joined the losing side...which side was right in the war and which guy was right for her?
This book was action packed, angsty and a fresh perspective on the Fae. I liked all 3 main characters. I don't mind triangles, but these two guys are really good choices. Both men were warriors, loyal to their loved ones and to their respective cause. Poor Mackenzie, she had to make a choice. Great writing, great plot and I look forward to jumping into book 2.
I enjoyed this new author and new series so very much. The story was fresh and interesting and kept me intrigued from the beginning. I really can't wait for the next book in the series. So audible. Get going. She has already written the Next book.
Amy Rubinate's narration was spot on! I am sometimes distracted by female narrator's interpretation of male voices. But Amy handles the numerous and varied voices effortlessly. Her subtle changes in tone and personality are exactly right and kept me fully rapt in the story.
There were so many! The story was very fast-paced and suspenseful. McKenzie's struggle with "who to love" was compelling, but didn't take away from the fact that she's a strong, smart woman.
I have listened to some of Amy's other books and this is my favorite to date.
Strong heart, strong mind, strong body - McKenzie has it all!
Can't wait to hear more!!
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I loved the world-building, and the audio was very good too. I would rate this in my top 5 favorite audiobooks
It's Urban Fantasy, so I would compare it to The Anna Strong Chronicles, The Becoming. Also, the Kate Daniels series- Magic Burns. The Hollows series by Kim Harrison, Dead Witch Walking.
I really liked Aren
not an extreme reaction, no
The main character acts like a hormone addled teenager when she is supposed to be in her mid-20s. Being unable to control ones own libido is should not be a plot point.
The main character
Best she could do considering the story.
I would give the main character a little maturity.
I didn't like the main character in the story. She was all over the place.
Not sure yet
she did alright at her character changes
Not one of my better random picks.
Love this site! I have a very busy job, so listening to audio books enables me to keep up on great stories!
The story, the conflict McKenzie faces, the love triangle, the kick butt action scenes. I loved it all!
Aren and McKenzie are smokin! Every moment they share together sparks.
A Good Story
It was just a decent story
I am glad I got the book it made a long drive better!
No, I generally like this genre.
I don't know. The book was so mind-numbingly awful that I can't give an objective review of her narration. I didn't HATE her. So that's something.
The best part was when it was over.
This read like something written by a thirteen-year-old. At its best, the prose was cliche. The rest of the time I was cringing. I had no affinity with any of the characters. The protagonist was obnoxious, unrealistically oblivious, and not the least bit interesting. I found myself wondering how she had managed to live into her twenties with absolutely no survival instinct whatsoever.
The fact that she was extremely obstinate wouldn't normally bother me if I couldn't tell that it was merely the author's lazy attempt to artificially insert conflict into the narrative.
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