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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Singer of Death: Court of the Banished book 2 (Court of Annwyn 5) by Shona Husk

Singer of Death: Court of the Banished book 2 (Court of Annwyn 5)
by Shona Husk
Published June 23rd 2015

An acid attack left Bronwyn scarred, but when she sings she is beautiful again. Her voice is hypnotic and powerful. For those moments she has control, no one can hurt her and no one is immune. Or so she thought.


Jonah Sheppard is a thief on the run. When he meets Bronwyn his life begins to make sense. He isn’t human. He is a changeling like her. Their fairy blood has given them magic and he thinks they should use it. It’s a game she wants to play.


Bronwyn knows he only wants her for her voice, but she doesn’t care. And he knows that she could do so much better than a career criminal. A fragile trust grows but when they draw the attention of human and fairy authorities everything they know is torn away.

I’ve been reading this series since the beginning. The first three books are about the fairy side of the veil called Annwyn. Starting with book #4 the series, now called The Court of the Banished, the stories are about fairies who were forced to live on the human side of the veil, and the aftermath the war in Annwyn had in the human realm. The world is recovering from an apocalyptic disease epidemic. There is a strong series arc, but the books are definitely paranormal romances. I find most straight-forward PNR silly, but these books push enough of my fae and forbidden love buttons I am willing to go with the PNR troupes.

This book is about two changelings born on the human side of the veil. Jonah doesn’t know he is a changeling and has had a hard life because people thought he was crazy for seeing “monsters.” To survive he turned to thieving. Bronwyn knows she is a changeling and all about fairies, but was encourage to never use her gift. She doesn’t even know what her gift truly is and the power she holds. She had one side of her face disfigured when an ex-boyfriend threw acid on her. When Jonah and Bronwyn meet they have serious trust issues to work through. He learns what he is and she learns what she can do, but this attracts the attention of Annwyn and using certain fae talents on the human side carries a penalty of death.

Unlike all the other books in this series, I didn’t connect with this couple. It was mainly Bronwyn I had trouble with. I think they were so wrapped up in their own internal struggles that the passion between them wasn’t as intense. The main story arc moved forward so it was worth the read for me from that perspective. And I have my fingers crossed that the next book is about Kaid, the Kelpie with a dark side, RAWR.Review: To Love a King (Court of Annwyn #3)
Review: The Darkling Lord: Court of the Banished book 1 (Annwyn Series 4)

3 “let me sing you a song” Sheep


About the Author: 
Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Blessed with a lively imagination she spent most of her childhood making up stories. As an adult she discovered romance novels and hasn't looked back. Drawing on history and myth, she weaves new worlds and writes heroes who aren't afraid to get hurt while falling in love.

With stories ranging from sensual to scorching, she is published with Ellora's Cave, Samhain Publishing, Carina Press and Sourcebooks. She is represented by the Ruben Agency.

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