Selkies' Skins

Selkies' Skins
Current book in series Temple and Skinquest. Enjoy Castle and Well from Amazon, B&N and Smashwords while waiting for that and the prequel's audiobook "Pearls of Sea and Stone: Book of Seals".

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Three Reviews: Christopher Shields' "The Weald Fae" series

I was recently given the opportunity to read and review Christopher Shields' books in "The Weald Fae" series. I am sure that anyone that loves the way the Fae were portrayed before a certain company stepped into the limelight will love these books. I would like to share my reviews from Goodreads.

Maggie O'Shea, half Cuban and half Irish is moved from Florida where her life centers around swimming all the way to the Weald in Arkansas. Dealing with the culture shock of entering a new area and school isn't bad enough, she makes enemies of the snottiest popular girl ever and is entrusted by a deep, dark secret by her Aunt May–Fae are real. She makes friends and enemies among them, as well as falling for who we find to be Adonis in the past...despite fighting NOT to since he is her first treorai (teacher/guide). Then we have a crazed, duplicitous Fae leader that can control the four elements and Aether...and SHE has decided she doesn't like Maggie.

The "stuff" hits the fan in this series. Book three is new, so I'm really hoping I don't have to wait long for book four.

Book #1: The Steward
The Steward (Weald Fae Journals, #1)The Steward by Christopher Shields
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just finished reading, and would have been done sooner if my family vacation had been less active. Thecharacters are all very well written, the plot is exquisite, and the lead female character is strong. I loved reading how she overcame her obstacles.

Chalen I wanted to see destroyed. He was the epitome of Unseelie to me. I very much enjoyed the way that the clans were portrayed, with even the Seelie having darker aspects.

I am very glad to be able to read the next in the series, because I've got to see what he does with changelings.

View all my reviews Book #2: The Changeling
The Changeling (Weald Fae Journals, #2)The Changeling by Christopher Shields
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As with the previous book, I found the plot to be meaty and fast, pulling me around hairpins and through mental brambles trying to figure out who the main enemy is. I did not expect Ozara's actions.

The cast is wide. Fae of all areas are represented. I was also very excited about the inclusion of the Veil. It even has Bigfoot. Being from northern California and the Pacific Northwest, Bigfoot is a big thing with the family.

I said it with the last book, but thesecharacters are written deep. I also liked the level of description.

View all my reviews Book #3: The Aetherfae
The Aetherfae  (Weald Fae Journals #3)The Aetherfae by Christopher Shields
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Aetherfae was yet another roller coaster ride. There were revelations that surprised me a bit, such as who Ozara's mate is. Her real views on humans did not surprise me. I was very intrigued with how thick her deception is.

Maggie ends up meeting with Bastien, the historian, twice...and I had to laugh because the first time she and her friends met him they had no idea. Her ancestry I also found to be highly interesting, as I know how genealogy uncovers fascinating revelations. Both of these points I thought were brilliant strokes.

I stayed up until dawn reading this. I'm going to be wondering what will happen in the next book for a long time.

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