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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Book Review: The Fae Games Duet by Jill Ramsower + giveaway

The Fae Games Duet
Shadow Play (The Fae Games Book 1)
Jun 23, 2018
Twilight Siege (The Fae Games Book 2)

Sept 1, 2018
by Jill Ramsower
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance

When Rebecca Peterson walks away from everything she knows to follow her dreams in Ireland, she never expects to be thrown into a world of vicious Fae and deadly secrets. On the dreary streets of Belfast, her terrifying nightmares are rekindled, and this time they aren’t confined to her imagination. Complicating her life further, Becca crosses paths with two mysterious strangers—both alluring in different ways, but are either of them to be trusted?

Her journey takes her deep into the treacherous Shadow Lands, where both her knowledge and courage will be tested. Navigating this new landscape of deceit and manipulation is paramount if she is to stop hordes of blood-thirsty Faeries from invading Earth. With time running out, will her limited training be enough to take on a centuries old enemy hell-bent on death and destruction? To keep those she loves safe, Becca is willing to risk it all.

In this captivating duet, Jill Ramsower takes her readers from the streets of Belfast on a harrowing journey to the most dangerous corners of Faery, where fear is a lethal enemy and trust is a luxury few can afford.

Rebecca Peterson, a young burgeoning art historian, is desperate to reach her full potential. Feeling the pull to move beyond her New York City waitressing gig, she pursues a job opportunity abroad at a Belfast museum. With little hesitation, Becca accepts the offer and embarks on her new adventure. She’s barely settled in her new home when her world is vastly altered. Becca almost immediately finds herself thrust into the supernatural world of fae politics and espionage. Ramsower’s creative alternate-Belfast complete with intrigue and combustible romance easily make Fae Games one of my favourite new urban fantasies of 2018. The Fae Games Duet contains the first two books in Jill Ramsower’s new series; Shadow Play and Twilight Siege.

The Fae Games Duet was difficult to put down. Initially I found Becca’s voice slightly juvenile and the idea of Becca’s gal pal accompanying her on her journey slightly silly. However, in the larger context, Ramsower’s creative choices make better sense. Becca’s transformation as a character is well-told; from her initial arrival in Belfast in Shadow Play to her dramatic transformation and personal realization in Twilight Siege. Both books are entertaining, quick reads. The second book is even better than the first as the storytelling becomes more confident.

Becca’s journey is linked to the work of the Huntsmen, a group of elite royal-appointed male fae living on earth and protecting the interest of the Seelie court. Among the group are a formidable cast of powerful fae, two of which – Locklan and Ronan -- zero in on Becca quickly. The romantic tension unravels at a deliciously torturous pace, a device I find wholly entertaining.

Shades of Betrayal, the third Fae Games installment was released last week. A review of book three, Ashley’s story, is forthcoming.

Shadow Play: Four Sheep

Twilight Siege: Five Sheep

Bianca Greenwood

About the Author:
Jill is a Texan, born and raised. She manages the hectic social calendars for her three active children and occasionally spends an evening with her dashing husband. Aside from being an author and a mom, she’s an attorney, travel junkie, and voracious reader.

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  1. Wow this sounds like my kind of series. Have to check this new to me author out

  2. Great review, Sharon! This sounds like a great series and unique, too! Glad you liked it!

  3. The name is awesome!! The cover is beautiful. I would love to know love like this.