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Monday, March 11, 2019

Book Review: Born of Nothing (The Fae Games #4) by Jill Ramsower

Born of Nothing (The Fae Games #4)
by Jill Ramsower
March 5, 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
It was over before it began.

A druid woman and a Fae man—we were two people from different worlds, only by chance did our paths happen to cross. He was beautiful and damaged and totally captivating. If only I could have continued to buy into the propaganda of fear and hate my people had taught me about the Fae, then maybe I would have believed him to be the savage he appeared to be.

Instead, I offered the cryptic man my help. The time I spent with him allowed me to see the man he was behind the chiseled, formal exterior. What developed between us was tender, intimate, and totally unexpected.

My druid family was not as enlightened as I was. My mom didn’t want me near the Fae; she certainly never would have understood that I had developed feelings for a Fae man. I tried to keep my private life a secret. I tried to keep the peace, but my mother’s threats and intolerance left me with no choice. I had to make the hardest decision of my life. I had to leave the only family I’d ever known. I just never imagined what I’d face when I didn’t make it out in time.

Born of Nothing is the fourth instalment in Jill Ramsower's Fae Games series. The series is an urban fantasy centred in Belfast and the Fae realm that chronicles the adventures of young women, their entanglements with the Fae and relationships with the Fae warriors of the Wild Hunt. Readers meet Cat in earlier installments as the Druid receptionist at the Ulster Museum. Born of Nothing is her story.

I love this series; it's been one of my favourites this past year. I was, however, a little disappointed in book four. While I'd never been overly interested in Cat as a character, I was pleasantly surprised by her development and she was a character highlight. I didn't quite connect with Fenodree or his romance with Cat. I'd always imagined Fen as a grizzled old wizard-type and had a hard time adjusting my thinking. I guess that's on me.

I struggled a bit with the plot as well. I had difficulty engaging in the story. I feel Rebecca's role, though essential to the plot, was underdeveloped. She frequently seemed flippant and rather unhelpful to me. I also struggled with the dynamic between Cat and her mother.

In the end, I adore the world created by Ramsower and will continue to follow the series.

Review: Shades of Betrayal (The Fae Games #3)

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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.