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Publisher's Summary

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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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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<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**

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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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real good

Just the absolute best story. Everything I like to listen about and more. Such a great story I will listen again and again. A keeper!!

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Thoroughly enjoyable!

Absolutely one of the best books of this type I have listened to. I was glued to this book and didn't want to stop listening. At the end I was wishing I had book 2 so I could continue with this story. I loved the characters and wanted to find out what was going to happen to them. The storyline was engrossing and the narration was well done. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Amazing!

This is one of my all time favorite stories. I'm so happy to have it on audio as well! The narration is fantastic. Really brings the story to life.

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  • Dee
  • LA
  • 06-10-18

Not a Beauty and the Beast Retell. That's GOOD!

I don't know why some reviews are relating this listen to Beauty and the Beast. I don't see it. Other than Seelie, the male love interest, being "deformed," there were no other similarities.

This listen was unique. Socha needs to save her family from a blood beetle infestation and travels to the other side of the world to do so. In the process she meets Seelie, and faeries, and evil twin brothers, and a brooding sea captain, and a raven with an attitude. The quest did not end in book one but that did not make this listen incomplete.

The narrator was wonderful. I mean, like, off the chains wonderful. This material could have easily been overlooked or not as impressive if not for the deft voice of Waring.

It's a long listen but is very much worth it. I'm looking forward to book two.

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  • Mimi
  • Splendora, Texas USA
  • 06-08-18

Magical

I so enjoyed this first book in the Otherworld series. Sorcha, the beauty made you believe in magic. She kept to her values, while still questioning her choices as anyone would, making her believable.
Eamonn, the beast, what a "jewel". He's all you can ask for in a betrayed hero.
It can be enjoyed by both young adult and adult. As any author knows, the narrator is so important and this combination blended smoothly and brought the story to life.
I am looking forward to the next release in this series
This book was given to me for free at my request so that I would provide an honest voluntary review, Thank you, for the opportunity to do so.