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4.5 stars So I went into this book with no expectations . While I do venture into the genre, I actually don’t read a lot of fantasy/paranormal books but when I do I’ll only keep reading if they grip me and capture my attention quickly . And this one did !! I really enjoyed it !!
Fortuna Swan Is a ‘Nightmare’. People see her as their version of the most beautiful but her power is deadly.
“Nightmares always drew stares. Whenever someone looked at me, they saw whatever face they believed the most beautiful. Like the nightmares that came at night, we were meant to be seductive. We were designed to lure our victims in. Then, when it was too late to draw back, we struck.”
She is hiding in the human world away from the likes of goblins, werewolves , faeries. She is The last of her kind as her parents were murdered and her brother went missing 2 years ago. But she hasn’t given up hope that he’s still alive and she would do anything to get him back . And she proves this over and over :
“I could feel Collith looking at me intently. “It’s not too late to change your mind,” he murmured. At some point the guards had stepped back to give us the illusion of privacy. “Walking away isn’t an indication of weakness. Sometimes it’s the harder choice.” Damon’s face rose up, the gaunt-cheeked stranger he’d become. “The only place I’m walking to is that creepy hole,” I said flatly.”
Fortuna is loyal to a T. She will never make a promise she doesn’t intend to keep . She’s fierce . And she’s Brave, doing what she has to despite being terrified, in the hope of saving the person the means the most to her and honoring a promise to her mother :
“They don’t come along often. Those people who truly know you, who’ve seen the beautiful parts of you and the ugly ones, too, and stay anyway. Sometimes it’s a romantic partner, like… like Viessa. Maybe it’s a friend. But usually they come in the form of family. A parent, an aunt, a grandfather.” “A brother.” Sorrow dug into my heart, a sharp pain akin to a fingernail jabbing skin. I just nodded. “And wouldn’t you do anything to protect a person like that? To keep them in your life?”
This book was full of angst, mystery, desperation , devotion and exploration of what all these mean. The world this author has created is tragic but fearfully and wonderfully made. I’m hooked and looking forward to continuing this story . With so many questions still left unanswered and a intrigued curiosity of what Fortuna will do with her new found position I’ll be starting the next book with Eager anticipation !
I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author via Voracious Readers, this doesn’t affect my opinion of the book, all my thoughts are my own and honest.
Fortuna is a force to be reckoned with, she can taste your fears and use them against you. She is smart and very strong-willed and will stop at nothing to save the people she loves. I liked her well enough, but I wasn’t attached to her. There wasn’t anything I disliked about her either.
Collith the fae, I liked as well but I felt like he was either very naive for his age or just didn’t think things through. There were a few things that happened that I felt like he shouldn’t have expected good things to come out of them, I can’t go into any more without spoilers as to why.
The plot was engaging, and I felt like Sutton did a great job explaining the world we were in, I especially liked the detail she put into explaining how all the different creatures worked and the lore for them. It was definitely a dark book dealing with a few sensitive themes, I can not say whether they were done well. There were a few characters that I thought were dodgy and a few mysteries I can’t wait to see revealed.
Overall a good book, the thing is there wasn’t anything I disliked about this book, I just didn’t have strong feelings towards it. I will be reviewing the second book in the series soon.
Thank you K.J. Sutton for the chance to review this book.
Wen I started this I was expecting a normal run of the mill fae love story with a hea. Wat I got was the start to an intriguing and tangled fallen, fae, nightmare and many other species epic saga. Can't wait for book 2.!!
My late teens and early twenties were spent reading sci-fi and fantasy written by the likes of Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey, Katherine Kerr, Andre Norton, Julian May and David Eddings. That is were I learnt the patience of waiting for the next installment in a series, where I learnt that a cliff-hanger is not something to be feared but can be a thing of beauty and fell in love with all things fae.
K.J. Sutton is a new-to-me author who has instantly secured a slot on my "must buy" list. The story of Fortuna Sworn reeled me in and kept me on the edge of my seat. It took me a chapter or two to really get into the story, but once I did this became a book that I didn't want to put down. In fact I became most irate when trivial things like work, kids needing food and sleep got in the way of my reading it.
This is a twisty tale of a Fallen one, a Nightmare, a seemingly normal girl with a hidden ability and her battle to rescue her brother. Damon has been missing for two years, when Fortuna discovers he is being held by an Unseelie fae she is prepared to do anything to win his freedom. That anything involves a mysterious fae who turns out to be a heck of a lot more important and powerful than Fortuna could ever have guessed.
Fortuna will face trials and battles that will stain her soul as dark as the blood she must shed. Those battles of wit, intelligence and cunning are woven into a complex tapestry of a story, one where you can never be sure if the person in front of her is friend or foe. Added into the mix is the mystery of Oliver, who should be just a figment of her imagination but who seems more real than it is possible for him to be.
Whilst Collith seems to be the forerunner as her love interest, there are hints at other possibilities too. The book is fairly slow burn and the sex scenes were fairly tame, making this a suitable read for older teens and upwards. I would recommend this to fans of Pippa DaCosta, Kate L Mary and Lexi C Foss, or anyone looking for a well written fantasy/paranormal story. I LOVED it and will be jumping straight in to reading the next one. I just hope book #3 is finished soon!
A very enjoyable dark faerie romance, but make sure you have the next book in the series lined up, because this story is addictive as hell. The main character is surrounded by irresistible faerie men and women, so who knows which one she’ll end up with at the end. As far as the romantic part of it, even though it is an adult novel, there is more stress on lingering looks and feelings. I guess the author is building up to some things since there is supposed to be at least 6 books in the series (according to current Goodreads list). However, if you’re not a fan of romance, there is plenty of Unseelie Court politics, scheming, and the usual faerie antics with some torture and dark humour sprinkled on top.
I was drawn to read this book because of the blurb. Do not be misled by the cover, which looks like a fairy tale retelling and, on my phone, I found it impossible to make out the title. This was an exciting, fast-paced urban fantasy (as good as the Dresden Files) and Fortuna, the snarky heroine, has to be even more ruthless and cunning than the courtiers of the Faerie court to survive. I particularly liked the way the ‘slaying a dragon’ trope was handled. Why would you kill such a magnificent creature unless you had no choice? Even though that was her situation, Fortuna still bitterly regretted killing the dragon and I was on her side all the way. I had no idea where the plot was going and couldn’t stop reading. An exhilarating read.
I really enjoyed this. It was a fast paced, interesting read. I would compare it to A Court of Thorns and Roses with a hint of Wintersong and The Cruel Prince thrown in. Although some things felt a little too similar to ACOTAR especially the trials (if you’ve read them both you’ll know what I mean.) As a whole it was a great read, not necessarily the most original plot; but definitely very entertaining. And I’m really interested to see where Sutton takes the story in the second book.
If life didn't get in the way, then I would have read this in one sitting. Wow! KJ Sutton has written this brilliantly - I was hooked onto every word! The world she created is absolutely amazing and I love all of the characters, even the ones that can't be trusted! And that ending... I was so gripped into a mystery that was about to be revealed, and when it was, the story cut off and I was screaming with annoyance! That was one hell of a cliffhanger! I'm definitely going to get the sequel to this, I enjoyed reading this so much. Hats off to KJ Sutton!