Summery from Goodreads:
Beauty and the Beast meets Irish Mythology in this sweeping retelling of the beloved fairytale….
Once upon a time…
A plague sweeps across the emerald hills of Uí Néill, leaving a young midwife’s father with months to live. To save her people, Sorcha makes a deal with a dangerous Fae. She must travel across the sea, through merrow and kelpie lands, to find a forgotten king on a crumbling throne.
Born king of the Seelie Fae, Eamonn fought battles unnumbered to uphold honor, duty, and freedom… until his twin brother sank a blade between his shoulders. Crystals grew from the wound, splitting open skin and bone. His people banished him to a cursed isle for his disfigurement, now king of criminals and fools.
With the help of brownies, pixies, and will-o’-the-wisps, Sorcha battles to break through his crystalline shell and persuade him to take back his stolen throne.
This determined beauty could come dangerously close to stealing his beastly heart.
Emma Hamm’s Heart of the Fae takes place in the rolling hills of Ireland, and the island of Hy-Brasil. The descriptions of the landsape are realy breathtaking, and Hamm does an amazing job of transporting the reader to the scene. It was easy to get lost in Hy-Brasil and it’s gorgeous scenery and its inhabitants.
The main character, Sorcha, is a strong-willed and fierce woman. She is determined to solve the mystery of the plague that is destroying her village, which is hard for her to do when the men of her community see her as ‘just a woman’ and not someone that can actually help. She believes in herself and her ability as a healer to continue to fight for an answer. Eamonn is a secretive and evasive banished Fae prince. He tries to keep his distance from Sorcha, the newcomer to his island, by being cold and frightening. Throughout the book though we see a soft and protective side to him that made him a really well-rounded and great leading man. The side characters I found really interesting and enjoyed their personalities. I really hope to see more of them, and learn more about their stories in the sequel!
The story itself I was a big fan of. It starts out as a woman who is hoping to heal her people and turns into a sweeping saga of fae, love, royalty, power, and revenge. I am incredibly excited for the next installment of this series, and highly recommend them!
I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.