Title: Fire and Ice (Faerie Song Trilogy)
Author: Michele Barrow-Belisle
Series: Faerie Song
Publisher: Astraea Press
Release Date: July 4, 2013
When 16 year old Lorelei was a child, a dark faerie gifted her with the ability to see and heal pain, and sing with the voice of a seraph. She’s spent her life trying to shake off these uncontrollable gifts, because let’s face it, events like healing cuts with a touch make reality TV look… well… real. When her mother falls critically ill and Lorelei’s powers aren’t enough, she turns to Adrius, a new guy at school. He’s dark, tortured. And mesmerizing. And he claims to know of a rare medicinal herb that will save her mother’s life.
Desperate, she follows him into a mysterious realm, where Elves are even hotter than Legolas, and Faeries….are nothing like Tinkerbell. Lose the butterfly wings, and add a tattoo… think butt-kicking, blade-wielding, lean, mean and perversely dangerous. Adrius is an Elven prince, and Lorelei’s dark Faerie of Music is flesh-and-blood real. The two magical beings are fire and ice opposites. One Lorelei can’t help falling for, and the other she’s compelled to be with, after learning magic she doesn’t yet possess could help end a horrible war.
If the prophetic words in an ancient text are true, Lorelei can use the magic to save her mother’s life. But when the power she awakens nearly consumes her, the truth about her ancestry and the carnal sins of her family are revealed, forcing Lorelei to face a devastating fact. The boy she loves is fated to kill her. Can she prove the prophecy wrong and use the power of love to combat the supernatural darkness threatening to destroy both worlds?
This was a mostly entertaining read for me. What I liked about it was the balance of dark and light and the imaginary nature used to describe the world of the fey, elves, witches and things that go bump in the night. There is mystery, lots of adventure and clean romance included in this tale. What I had trouble with was that the story jumped around a bit for me. The heroine was somewhat frustrating to read sometimes due to the decisions she made. The other issue I had was in the emotive descriptions. Whereas the descriptions the author used to to explain the fey world were complex, the emotions were not (for example the author used the term ‘rolling eyes’ way too many times to describe ones mood).
Overall, this fantasy tale is a great mix of the human world and that of the other-world. Would recommend for those age ‘young adult’ and older who enjoy reading urban fantasy with a blend of clean romance, some mystery and lots of adventure. For those that always wanted to be or wondered what a real ‘Fairy Princess’ was may enjoy the ‘not so nice’ addition to this title.
Rating: 3 Stars – Worth reading if you have the time
Source: Review ARC copy