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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Book Review: Prince of Air and Darkness (The Darkest Court #1) by M.A. Grant

Prince of Air and Darkness (The Darkest Court #1)
by M.A. Grant
February 25, 2019
Carina Press
310 pages
Phineas Smith has been cursed with a power no one could control.

Roark Lyne is his worst enemy and his only hope.

The only human student at Mather’s School of Magick, Phineas Smith has a target on his back. Born with the rare ability to tap into unlimited magick, he finds both Faerie Courts want his allegiance—and will do anything to get it.

They don’t realize he can’t levitate a feather, much less defend the Faerie Realm as it slips into civil war.

Unseelie Prince Roark Lyne, Phineas’s roommate—and self-proclaimed arch nemesis—is beautiful and brave and a pain in the ass. Phineas can’t begin to sort through their six years of sexual tension masquerading as mutual dislike. But Roark is also the only one able to help Finn tame his magick.

Trusting Roark’s mysterious motives may be foolish; not accepting his temporary protection would be deadly.

Caught in the middle of the impending war, Phineas and Roark forge a dangerous alliance. And as the walls between them crumble, Phineas realizes that Roark isn’t the monster he’d imagined. But their growing intimacy threatens to expose a secret that could either turn the tide of the war…or destroy them both.

Let me start with the cover. I saw it and immediately wanted to read the idea what it was about. The colors seduced me! I was pleasantly surprised to find out it was a paranormal romance with fae. Yeah, I'm into fae... it is also a gay romance. And if you've thought about trying an MM romance, this is a good one to start with. Phineas and Roark's romance is about pining, unrequited love (at first), falling in love and fighting against all odds for that love. A fairytalesque type of love. There is passionate kissing, some touching and they do consummate their relationship but it is in a romantic way...nothing graphic going on. 

The story is told in first-person present POV of Rourk and Phineas. I know...but if you love this kind of romance story it is worth your time. Most of the time I had no problem keeping POVs straight but I did get them mixed up a few times. The first 2/3-ish of the book is all about Rourk and Phineas's feelings. First person present is an effective way to hit a reader with feels and the author does this well. The last part of the story gets into more world-building and the boys' place in it. Their story gets wrapped up (happy ending) and another character will get his story.

I stayed up till 4:00 am reading this. It hit all my angsty, enemies-to-lovers-I-would-die-for-you sappy buttons.

Cool side-note: webcomic artist Hootsweets is a big fan of the book and made some awesome fanart.

This is probably a 4 sheep read for most people, but since I couldn't put it down (see buttons pushed above) I'm giving it 4 1/2 "book hangover" Sheep


About the Author:
M.A. Grant has always loved reading and writing but fell in love with the romance genre when she started working at an independent bookstore in high school. After meeting her husband in college, they began a steady northward migration and are now happily living in the rugged beauty of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. When she's not calling out to passing ravens or making a cup of tea, she's writing dark and moving stories.

Updates on her new releases and current projects are available at her website:

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