14 March 2019
The Prince of Air and Darkness the 1st in a new series for MA Grant was sublime reading. World building had great depth, so good in fact it that spilled over into amazing character make up, witty dialogue, snark, humor, drama, political turmoil, violence and fabulously written action scenes. The entire book from cover to cover was just so, so good, I read it in one sitting, total book hangover. Just the angsty snark between our heroes pulled me in, then add in the clever magic, well described and imagined action scenes, the smoking hot sexy slow burn romance between 2 Alpha males who are frenemies, the unstable political drama between the Unseelie and Seelie fae courts and this is a fabulously terrific book, and definitely shaping up to be a killer series.
Phineas Smith is an ordinary human, straight off the farm in fact, except he has an extraordinary ability. He can tap into the ley lines (unparalleled magic) unfortunately he can’t control the magic when he does. When he does use his magic, he unfortunately has a habit of turning things to ash. He’s sent to Mathers School of Magic, where he is the only human on campus, in the hope that he might learn how to control the use of this amazing magic. On campus, he shares an apartment with Herman, a Satyr, and Roark, the Prince of Air and Darkness or PAD, as Finn loves to refer to the fae prince. He and Roark have a love/hate relationship, which spans their entire school experience. They also have a dark history, from the time Finn was kidnapped by Roark’s mother Queen Mab, and tortured in her dungeon simply because he can tap into such powerful magic. This animosity is further underscored by UST between the 2 men.
Roark Lyne, the Prince of Air and Darkness is the vastly powerful 2nd son of Queen Mab, Leader of the Unseelie fae. After hundreds of years into his immortality Roark finds himself in a pickle. After the discovery of Finn and his talent, Roark is tasked by Queen Mab with spying on the human as he commences his time at magic school. A year later, he unwittingly stumbles across Finn being tortured by his mother and elder brother Sliaine, High Prince of Earth and Ruin. He rescues Finn, at personal cost to himself, and what results is 6years of pleasure/pain for Roark as he continues to live with Finn, attend the same university as him, come to his rescue when needs be, ( which sadly is often since everything seems to want to either kill Finn or suck the ley power from him ) all the while enduring Finn’s hatred of him and his family. Roark can’t walk away from Finn, because after all his years alive, he’s finally fallen in love. Roark dedicates his energies to ensuring no further harm comes to Finn, a task that is labour inductive simply due to the seductive power of the ley lines, powerful magic that seems to draw every supernatural, and preternatural being out of the woodwork.
World building in the novel was terrific, multi layered, filled with lore of the Seelie, rulers of the Summer courts, and Unseelie fae, rulers of the Winter, as well as the alternate realm of Sidhe, where both fae courts exist. Both MC’s were brilliant, and so very easy to connect with, their perspective told 1st POV, made the book more immersive and the emotional connection deeper, add in the terrific secondary characters from Queen Mab the powerful leader of the Unseelie fae, to Sebastian, a bastard Unseelie fae prince, Herman the satyr, and his Demi-gorgon girlfriend Sue, and the multitude of other worldly beings we encounter throughout the book at the fae courts edge closer to civil war.
If your after a fresh, amazing fantasy read, filled not only with witty humor, snark, UST, magic and danger, with great action scenes, drama and smoking hot men who navigate their volatile history from frenemies to lovers, then I highly, highly recommend this book and series, I read it on Kindle Unlimited and loved it so much I bought it. Wish I could give this great read more than 5 stars. Simply fabulous.