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Once upon a time... 

A plague sweeps across the emerald hills of Ui Neiill, leaving a young midwife's father with months to live. To save her people, Sorcha makes a deal with a dangerous Fae. She must travel across the sea, through merrow and kelpie lands, to find a forgotten king on a crumbling throne. 

Born king of the Seelie Fae, Eamonn fought battles unnumbered to uphold honor, duty, and freedom - until his twin brother sank a blade between his shoulders. Crystals grew from the wound, splitting open skin and bone. His people banished him to a cursed isle for his disfigurement, now king of criminals and fools. 

With the help of brownies, pixies, and will-o'-the-wisps, Sorcha battles to break through his crystalline shell and persuade him to take back his stolen throne. 

This determined beauty could come dangerously close to stealing his beastly heart.

©2017 Emma Hamm (P)2018 Emma Hamm

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<Insert stone pun here>

Heart of the Fae tells the story of Sorcha, a midwife struggling to help her family through a deadly plague. When her father falls ill to the plague, Sorcha makes a deal and then sets off on a long journey, that unfortunately feels incredibly long and drawn out.

--Warning: this story has graphic descriptions of violence, sexual themes and actions--

Sorcha travels to a few different locations before finding the person who supposedly has the cure, Eamon, the 'Beast' of this story, and tries to get him to leave his brooding castle and come save her people. Spoiler alert, he won't go. There's quite a few scenes of her life in the otherworld, and quite the cast of characters, some of which are more memorable than others.

Unfortunately, the pacing of the story is very jumbled, with a lack of progress in plot for what feels like half of the runtime of this audiobook. Sorcha seems to forget about the urgency of her quest while the incredible unhealthy romance builds between Sorcha and the violent, brooding Eamonn. I recall one of Eamon's first comments about Sorcha being that {paraphrased} "she had been the first to calm his rage without his destructive temper tantrums". Their first few romantic scenes involve rather vivid descriptions and the pair continuing to engage with destructive behaviors when they bite each other hard enough to draw blood, using the mark as a brand.

But, all things considered, the concept is really fun as an Irish retelling of Beauty & the Beast. I am curious about what happens next in the story

**I was provided with a promotional copy of this audiobook at my request, and have voluntarily left a fair and honest review**

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A Romantic Fantasy that will steal your heart.

So you like a Beauty and a Beast type of story,,,,,,, you like a well crafted story...... you want characters you care about
and you want to relax and listen to a good performance well here it is.

Go download and enjoy.



This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • G. Schuerg
  • West Columbia, TX United States
  • 09-19-18

One of my favorites...

I read this series of books when they first came out and loved them. I HAD to have the audiobook versions when they were released. You will love the hero, heroine and all of the creatures you will be introduced to. The books are magical, exciting, and romantic.
Siobhan Waring has taken Emma Hamm's books to another level. I highly recommend !!!

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Enchanting, uplifting, just lovely!

I'm giving this book 5 stars for everything. 5 stars for retelling of a classic story that really stands out, 5 stars for Siobhan's magical soothing voice and 5 stars for making me swear at the end - because I forgot that this is only the first part!

This story is set in a wild, magical and dangerous world, and yet it remains positive. It makes you believe in the good in all of us. I love that. I fell in love with Sorcha and Eammon, but also a whole host of the supporting characters, too. There's no hope for me, I will have to get the sequel.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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A Must Read for Fantasy Lovers

What a wonderful story. It had a lovely twist on a tale as old as time. I loved it so much I immediately went to find the sequel, thankfully I didn't have to look far. I did notice a few mistakes in the writing such as Sorcha describing things and using Stone's real name when she didn't know his real name but overall a FANTASTIC read!

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Female power!! Ohh my.

Kinda ironic hearing a woman that hates men who are overbearing sexist be sexist and rude right back, and she can get away with it but shes blows up at anybody who is just a little but rude towards her, haha good one. And the brothel, it's a good profession? Haha go read history, venereal disease and abuse, lol not a good profession. Dont care for purity, etc, I'm not a prude, but that got a lil much.

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Fairy tale fantasy

This book was not what I expected. The author puts her own take on beauty and the beast. My only negative view is that I found it slow going at times. However, there is some action/adventure, intrigue and romance.
Interested to see what happens in book two.

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Heart of the Fae

The narration was perfection, but it took some time for me to get into the story. It dragged at times, but then there were those times it had me on the edge of of my seat. I felt like I was being teased, which was good and bad. Bad in the sense that I knew if I stopped listening I would not resume; good because the moment I thought I was going to give up, the author would hit me with something that intrigued me. Once I was in the middle of the story, enamored with Sorcha and Eamonn, I had to see what their fate would be. Overall, a good story with great narration. I hope that book 2 will be formatted for audio.

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Absolutely Loved It!

I absolutely loved this story! This story is such a fun fantasy and full of mystical beings. The narration was superb and gave that extra flair to the story. It will keep you entertained. This was my first book by this author but definitely will not be my last. I will be reading any books that are released in this series (can't wait). I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Wonderful book! Great Narration!

Excellent!! Most excellent! Completely out of my normal genre, I was completely riveted to this story. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • mrs s j summerton
  • 07-19-18

Wow!

This is my first experience of an Audio book. I'm a third of the way through but had to share my thoughts. I am really enjoying the book. It is beautifully narrated and the story is captivating. I will definitely keep listening and looking for more titles by the same Narrator and Author!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-01-18

My first audio book - hooked!

Fabulous story that has had me hooked right from the start! As an avid Kindle reader I didn't think I'd adapt easily to audio but this is amazing! Siobhan Waring is an absolutely outstanding narrator who brings the story to life. Still listening but i just had to review and I'm already looking forward to hearing others by Emma and narrated by Siobhan.