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Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2020
*I received an eARC of this book via the authors. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.*
This is the book I didn’t know I needed! Fae’s Prisoner by M. Lynn & Melissa A. Craven is the first book in their spin-off series Crimes of the Fae. Taking place roughly ten years after the events in Queens of the Fae, the authors take us into the prison realm where the fae prince we all hate to love is making amends by helping those who can’t help themselves. Fae’s Prisoner is a dark redemption tale that will leave you begging for more.
Oh Griff, my poor misguided fae! Griffin O’Shea is one of those characters that you love and hate yourself for loving all at the same time. If you haven’t read Queens of the Fae yet, I highly suggest you do because that is where you will get Griff’s backstory. Sent to the prison realm after helping Queen Regan try to take over the Fae kingdoms, Griff accepted his fate without argument. In fact, he was the one to suggest it. His time in Myrkur, the kingdom the Fae have forgotten, has allowed him to evaluate his actions and start over with a new purpose. He’s dedicated his life to protecting the Dark Fae he calls family from their tyrannical king. Yet he still questions himself, what he did, who he hurt, and believes that nothing he has done since then can ever atone for those sins. Truly, he breaks my heart, and at the same time I want to reach through the pages and give him a good smack on the head! Broody male….
The story follows Griff in his new life. We meet several new characters, all of whom I love, though Gulliver is my favorite. I love this little dark fae who absolutely steals the spotlight! But I digress, the plot begins when Griff’s true identity is revealed to the king of Myrkur. The king wants the barrier down, and he plans to use Griff to do it. Blackmailed into helping the king, Griff finds himself back where it all began, facing the demons that have haunted him for the last ten years.
But he isn’t alone. With Griff is Riona, the king’s champion. She’s a rare dark fae, and I’m not really sure how to feel about her. At times, she’s brutal and cunning. At others, she’s kind. This leaves Griff’s head spinning. I’m curious to see where the authors are going to take her character because Riona could be a force of evil or be the ultimate hero.
Overall, I loved Fae’s Prisoner. It was great seeing all the familiar characters and revisiting the world the authors created in the first series. Though I’m definitely seeing it in a different light. Griff was one of my favorite characters already so I was so excited when they announced he was getting his own series. I love seeing the changes in him, and this redemption arc is going to be epic! I highly recommend this one to anyone that enjoys fantasy, especially fae.
Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2020
One of the most memorable characters from The Queens of the Fae series by the same authors is Griff. His character had so much potential for change, the chance to be a better person. In the series he kept making the wrong choices. I am so happy that now he has a series of his own. Anything by these authors is sure to be great, but I have a special love for their fantasy.
Griff has spent the last decade in the fae’s prison realm. He once a had a life amidst the other fae but his ambition and loyalty to an evil queen led him to his current life. When one enters the prison realm, all those left behind forget you ever existed. This is a fate Griff accepted as his due, a direct result of his own choices.
But the prison realm wasn’t at all what he thought it would be. It isn’t only home to the regular fae sentenced there. It is also the home of all the innocent dark fae who were born and reside there, trapped inside the magical barrier just like the prisoners.
Over the past ten years, Griff has built a new life and helped build a hidden village. Hidden from the cruel king of the realm. It seems the greedy will seize what power they can no matter where they are, ever here.
When Griff’s chosen family runs afoul of the king, he is blackmailed into helping him. Will Griff help this cruel king escape the prison realm? Or will he stay faithful to those who have forgotten him? Can he save his new family without betraying his past?
I was gifted a copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2020
First off I HIGHLY suggest having read the previous series this one spins off from: QUEENS OF THE FAE so that you can understand all that led Griffin into landing in the prison realm. Not to mention it gives you an understanding later in the book to all the interpersonal relationships and potential enemies!
I absolutely LOVED the first series, and this book didn't disappoint as a follow up. We pick up roughly ten years after Griffin crossed into the prison realm, thus leaving everyone behind magically forgetting him. He's grown leaps and bounds as a man in this time, and has become a small time leader of sorts for refugees in this realm. He's also a father figure to a kind hearted, impish dark fae youth. Ten years and few know his story, but all that's about to change when forced to bargain with the "King" of this realm to save one he cares for. His past quickly rises to meet him when forced to go back across the barrier. Can he save the people he cares for, the kingdoms he left behind, all without aiding this corrupt king? More secrets are ahead in thus quest. Can old foes become friends? Can family trust once more? New threats emerge, and this adventure becomes more important than ever for so very many reasons. Cheer Griff on as he fights for good to reign. May the fog lift from those he held dear, so they might see the man he was and who he's grown to become. I can't wait to see what's up next!!
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2020
I was extremely excited when I found out there was going to be a spin off of the Queens of Fae trilogy. I loved that world and all of the characters and I do not recommend reading this book until you have read that. It wouldn't make sense and also that trilogy would be spoiled. I didn't hate Griffin in that series but I was frustrated with his character. He never lived up to what I thought he could be. His sacrifice at the end was the start of his redemption and I'm glad we get to see him work through it. I'm so happy we get to visit with some of my favorite characters again. And this time it's an entirely different relationship with everyone. So far I'm still mildly frustrated with Griffin, but I expected that. I do wish there was a little more that took place in the Prison Realm but I think we got adequate info about it. Gulliver is a likeable character and I hope to see him grow in the coming books. I'm still on the fence about Riona. She's still a mystery but I have a feeling her secrets will make her out to be a better fae than we believe. I can't wait to see what the next book has to say. 100% recommend reading this book.
I was always intrigued by Griffin's character in the first series, and I'm glad to see he's back for this new series! If you haven't read the first trilogy, I highly recommend you read that first as it will give you a lot of background for this series!
This book flows well, just like the first trilogy, and I had no issues jumping into this book like I did the previous books. I really enjoyed getting to know Griffin even more, and I loved a lot of the new characters.
I am so excited to see where this series goes! I am anxiously awaiting book 2!
Reviewed in the United States on September 17, 2020
After reading Queens of the Fae, I had such mixed feelings about Griffin... but now I love him! This book caught my attention early, and I could not stop reading. For those who've read the other series, it builds off the world we already know and love, but you can read this without the others. (Although, I highly recommend all the books.)
Griffin is such a unique character. It's very much a redemption story, and it's well done so far. I love seeing this new, more mature side of him. We even see him caring for a young boy like a son (not a spoiler, it's shown in the very beginning). I'm also very intrigued by some of the new characters brought into the story.
It's really hard to talk about the book without spoiling things, but just know that it's fantastic and I cannot wait for the next one!
OMGosh! This story was amazing! These authors never disappoint! From the colorful characters, to the creative lands they travel, to the twists in the story! This book started in a dark twisted realm with what I thought was going to be the focus of the story, but noooo. The tale turned and wound through more realms pulling new characters into the ever thickening plot! This was a page turner that I could not put down. I loved being able to follow some of the same characters from The Queen of the Fae series by these two authors. You don't have to read that trilogy before you read this one but, I do highly recommend it, I love that series so much. Now I am going to suffer waiting to find out what happens in the second book!!! Ugghhhh!
Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2020
Wow, this book was great! This is a story about Griff, a character from the Queens of the Fae series. I highly recommend reading that series first before this one to fully understand how Griff got to where he is now.
This book was a page turner and it was really interesting to learn about this different realm. After reading the previous series, I've always wondered what ever happened to Griff. This series will answer all these questions and then some. Just as exciting, well-written, and fast-paced as the previous series, this book started off strong. I'm looking forward to reading book 2!
Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2020
If you have not read the Queens of the Fae trilogy stop what you are doing and check it out. They are not only great books but are helpful in fully understanding Griff's story.
Griffin O'Shea *sigh*. I loved him in the previous series even when he wasn't very loveable. If a character has ever deserved redemption it's Griff. This book is a great start. He's still Griffin but evolving and discovering who he truly is. As always with these authors, the world building is wonderful. I'm also enjoying the new characters as well as visiting some of my favorites from the previous books. I really enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to seeing where this story goes.
Reviewed in the United States on September 17, 2020
Oh my heart! Griff was such a complicated and broken character in the Queens of the Fae series but I was always drawn to him. I needed his story and man did this deliver! Griff is not the same Fae he once was. So many new characters and of course all the favorites from the original series. I got an arc and don’t want to spoil anything but man are there some huge plot twists in here. I love Gullie, who you’ll meet, and his relationship with Griff. My heart is torn but in a good way by the end of this book. On the edge of my seat for more. This is going to be as great as the first series!