Series: Cold Iron
Author: D. L. McDermott
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 320
Published: Pocket Star, June 9, 2014
Sorcha Kavanaugh never believed Gran’s stories about the Fair Folk, until one of the creatures walked into a bar where she was singing and stole a year of her life. So when Elada Brightsword, the right hand of South Boston’s renegade Fae patriarch, interrupts her set at the Black Rose, Sorcha knows trouble has found her . . . again.
The Fae warrior has admired Sorcha Kavanaugh from afar for months, but he’s aware of her unhappy history with the Fae, and has been waiting for the right time to approach her. Unfortunately for Elada, time has just run out. An old enemy, the malign Prince Consort, has identified Sorcha as a Druid descendent with the potential to become a stone singer, a bard with a voice that can shatter the strongest magical constructs.
Now, if she wants to survive, Sorcha must learn to trust one of the creatures she fears most.
Ah, the Fae. Well, wolf shifters, dragon shifters and vampires, you’ve got some serious competition. And when I say serious, I mean deadly. If you’re familiar with the Fae folk, you’ll know they’re cruel, sometimes sadistically so, they’re careless, mostly senseless, very passionate, and did I say cruel? And yet I can still want one for myself. It’s all thanks to the hero of this book. As infuriating as they could be, after reading about the most gentlemanly of them all, if you could believe it, I do feel a lot warmer toward them.
Ever since he first appeared alongside his mage friend, and my most favorite Fae, Miach, Elada was the silent mystery I wanted to know more about. Extremely loyal to his long time friend, Elada was a skilled fighter, better with his sword hand than with his magic words. And while reading his story, I realized it could just be so easy to warm up to a Fae. I wasn’t kidding when I said he was a gentleman. He was passionate, thoughtful, caring, kind-when the occasion called for it-, so basically he was everything a Fae usually isn’t. Though I did like the characteristics of Fae in this series, I would be lying if I said Elada’s more human side wasn’t his most endearing to me.
The world building was as pretty as usual, if a little twisted which I like, and I loved the plot involving the heroine’s ability. Sorcha was a kind spirit, one who loved singing, enough to risk her own life. Although it’s usually the opposites who attract, in this case, I think Sorcha and Elada were more alike and that worked just fine. Sure, Elada had his Fae character in core, he could be just as cold and calculating as his kin, but he was able to think more outside the box than any of them. And Sorcha, well, she risked her freedom for what she enjoyed to do, and her life for the ones she loved. And since these two people hadn’t seen much kindness from others all their lives, I think it’s only fair that they’d find it in each other.
There were so many extra characters and so much that was going on, especially in this book, that I wouldn’t have minded more detail as to how everyone else had fared after the storm had passed. When the characters are so intriguing, you can’t help but want more and more and mostly, find that it’s not enough.
If you’re familiar with this series, you know about Miach and Finn’s-another powerful Fae- feud, and the general reason behind it, plus the people involved. I’d love to read a novella involving those very same people, to give me more insight into their fight and their characters, and the origin of this constantly rekindling feud. And well, looks like trouble’s brewing for Finn, the Fae who brings a new meaning to cruel and calculated and personally, I cannot wait to see how he’ll handle it. I wasn’t expecting a storyline for him, but I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that there’s hope for everyone in this series.
Another sexy and exciting installment in the Cold Iron series, this book was why it’s sometimes okay for the good girl to fall for the lesser evil Fae guy in the end.
I’m adding five big spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge, and wonder if I should make an unannounced visit to a Fae neighborhood wearing cold iron. Hmm, would I have a chance to snag a sexy single Fae before they’re offended with my cold iron and decide to kill me on the spot? Wishful thinking?
Cold Iron series by D. L. McDermott:
- Cold Iron
- Silver Skin
- Stone Song