Nov 6, 2017

The Night Realm by Annette Marie || Blog Tour Review with $30 Giveaway

Hello and Welcome to my stop on The Night Realm tour!

Spell Weaver 1
358, paperback
Adult, Urban Fantasy
Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
October 20th 2017





Clio is good at all sorts of things. As a nymph, she’s great at outdoorsy nature stuff. As a nymph living in exile, she’s got the “blending in with humans” thing down pat. As a nymph living in exile because she has the rare ability to mimic magic, she’s had to pick up some unique survival skills.

But stealing from the most dangerous spell weavers in the Underworld? Not so much.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what she has to do to earn a ticket back home. Conning her way into the night realm may have gone pretty well, but now she’s got a new problem. His name is Lyre and he’s a sinfully alluring incubus, a dangerously skilled spell weaver, and the only thing standing between her and stealing some damn magic.

Maneuvering around him without blowing her cover shouldn’t be that difficult, but chaos has been dogging her every step, monsters hide behind beautiful faces, and Lyre keeps saving her neck even though they’re enemies. Kind of enemies? Either way, her mission is getting complicated fast, and in the Underworld, even one mistake could prove fatal.

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book review rating 4 out of 5

IT’S NOT RARE for me to find an author with a backlog of books that I’d like to explore. However, it is very rare that I’ve actually read every book in that backlog. Annette Marie is one of those special authors. Her debut novel in the Spell Weaver series, The Night Realm, returns to the sweeping Steel and Stone Universe featuring a sumptuous romance, complex characters, and an utterly enchanting tale.

It’s refreshing that conventional mythical creatures have broken the traditional mold and given a fun and edgy twist.

Lyre is a charming and devastatingly handsome incubus born to beguile women. But, hidden behind a constant stream of jokes that prevents anyone from looking at him too closely is a master spell weaver with carefully guarded secrets.

Exiled nymph Clio is a gentle mythological spirit of nature. Yet, she possesses the rare ability to mimic magic. To return home, she must steal the most dangerous spells. Clio attracts trouble like a magnet to a near-cataclysmic effect. While I thought there was probably one too many damsel-in-distress moments, I enjoyed the way her character grew. There is a familiarity with which Ms. Marie creates her heroine. Clio starts out with too much naive confidence, then have that arrogance—and a lot of her core beliefs—stripped away, only to rebuild herself with true strength.

The romance between Lyre and Clio is slow to build, filled with tension, and appropriately lighten with humor. Together, they will form an unlikely union to battle the shadowy forces of the Underworld with dark and intriguing spells.

As a prequel to the Steel and Stone series, The Night Realm initially benefits from pour-over love that I have for Lyre. However, within a few chapters, I was swept in by Ms. Marie’s fervor for storytelling as she introduces a vulnerable, yet strong, Clio, and explores a younger and more ardent Lyre (with plenty of Ash appearances, of course). It's a sweeping page-turner that is intricately plotted to move with ever-mounting momentum.

{Thank you to the Annette Marie and Dark Owl Fantasy Inc. for kindly giving me this book free of charge, which does not influence my review.}



Annette Marie

Annette Marie is the author of the Amazon best-selling YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, which includes the 2015 Goodreads Choice Award nominee Yield the Night. Her first love is fantasy, a limitless realm of creativity where she can break all the boring rules of real life, but fast-paced urban fantasy, bold heroines, and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She proudly admits she has a thing for dragons, and her editor has politely inquired as to whether she intends to include them in every book.

Annette lives in the frozen winter wasteland of northern Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad). She shares her life with her remarkably patient, comparatively sensible husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.

Find Annette Marie: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon | Goodreads



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