By L.P. Dover
Forever Fae Series 1
Paperback: 316 pages
Publication Date: December 7, 2012
4.3 out of 5 Stars
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Category: New Adult, Urban Fantasy, Faerie
He leans down, lips parted, and then our lips connect... We didn’t know that this one kiss has FOREVER changed the Land of the Fae.
According to the Prophecy proclaimed many years ago, Princess Calista of the Summer Court is destined to change the Land of the Fae from the evil determined to destroy it. Her powers are phenomenal, and she secretly trains for battle with her handsome warrior friend, Merrick, who unbeknownst to her protects her heart as well, in hopes of keeping it for himself. At least, until the seductive Prince Ryder attends the Guardian Ceremony and instantly sends a fire burning through her veins and a connection so deep they both discover a love above anything imaginable.
No one knows how Calista is destined to change the kingdoms, but there is one that does. He not only craves Calista’s power, but her body as well, and his goal is to steal her power, make her his Dark Queen, and take over the Land of the Fae.
Will the evil succeed in claiming Calista’s soul? Or will the two men that fight for her heart save her from despair, and help her fulfill her destiny to become what she was meant to be.
I enjoyed the fact that this story was told completely in the Fae world. There were no surprises, such as, Calista has always been different and then she finds out she is from this alternate world of Faeries.. type thing. It began with her being a Princess of the Summer Court, having been raised in the world of Faerie, all she has known is this life. It was almost refreshing in a way; definitely not the same typical synopsis of a large percent of fantasy/paranormal books out right now. Although she is the eldest Summer Princess, with Titania and Oberon for parents- she is not stuck up in the least. Calista is very down to earth, she even learns to fight with the rest of the fae soldiers. For her 21st birthday, a group of these soldiers will fight to become her Guardian- the male that will protect her for as long as she lives. Her best friend, Merrick, is in the running, as well as a handful of other soldiers that she was raised with. The night of this ceremony, she meets the Winter Prince- Ryder for the first time, and immediately feels a connection to him.
The story is told from three different points of view; Calista's, Ryder's, and the Dark Sorcerer's. It switches off chapters, and at first, the flow was kind of awkward. The author worked it so that it did eventually flow perfectly. It gave the impression that the narrator was omniscient, and the reader got to experience things from different points of view. The characters are all written wonderfully, and I found myself connecting with each of them, save of course for the dark sorcerer. He really has no attributes that are not inherently evil, and I grew to dislike him more as the story went on. Calista's character is down to earth, sarcastic, and strong, and I really felt like I connected with her immediately. Ryder's character is also strong, tall, dark, handsome, and his sarcastic humor pulled at my heart. He is the perfect book boyfriend in every way! The plot line does focus around their romance, but there are underlying reasons for that.
There is a prophecy in the Land of the Fae- that the heirs to the throne will have to come together to defeat the growing evil surrounding them. Ryder and Calista are the beginning of this prophecy, and their destinies are intertwined. It was an insta-love sort of romance, but the prophecy makes that fact insignificant to me. The two will face numerous obstacles before they can fulfill their destiny, including the dark sorcerer and his minions. But if they cannot rise about the turmoil, the Land of the Fae will be lost forever to the evil.
I really enjoyed this book. It was so much more than the typical, insta-love, forbidden romance stuff that has been filling the paranormal shelves as of late. There is a great deal of history of the Fae thrown in, as well as magic and mystery. This installment only deals with the first part of the prophecy, and there are four parts altogether. I am very much looking forward to the next in the series, Betrayals of Spring!
"I recognize almost everyone in the room until my gaze finally lands on a pair of piercing, ice blue eyes. Our eyes lock and I can't bring myself to look away from him. It's like my universe has stopped and the only people in the room are him and me. It feels like a shock wave travelling throughout my body, it is so intense. He seems to be feeling the same way, according to his wide-eyed expression. I can feel my face flushing and my lungs feel like they can't get enough air. I really need to calm down and figure out what is happening to me. The attraction is uncanny. It is ridiculous to feel this way over someone I haven't even met." -Calista
"As soon as my gaze finds the princess, our eyes meet. My heart goes into overdrive and a shock reverberates through my body. I have never had this kind of reaction to a female before. Her eyes grow wider and I know mine have, too. She obviously had the same reaction as me. Her lips part slightly and I imagine what it would be like to kiss her luscious lips and have her moan in pleasure from my touch. Here I go again thinking these strange thoughts about a girl I've never actually met, but looking at her feels otherwise. I bet her lips taste sweet, like apples in the summer orchards. The idea sends a stirring throughout my body and I chide myself for it because it is not the time to be having this kind of problem." -Ryder
Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring
Two courts to four is what it will bring.
Without the four, the evil will spread.
The Land of the Fae will fall into dread.
The next generation will provide the four.
The maiden souls and nothing more....