Title: Fae Guardian (Soulstealer Trilogy, #2)
Author: Nicolette Reed
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Nicolette Reed (8th December 2012)
Source: Nicolette Reed, the author.
Dealing with wedding day woes, naked elven rituals, a best friend with a biting problem, dragon battles, and a war brewing between the selkie and the fae are only the beginning for Valora, the Fae Guardian.
Valora needs to get Aric out of her mind if she’s going to live happily ever after with Dooley. But nothing is ever easy with magic. Tying herself and Dooley to Aric becomes a matter of life and death, not just for them but for all of the Realms and even those beyond the portals to Earth.
But can Valora handle the affections of two half-fae brothers? She has to if she wants to save the Realms — a world filled with cloud cities, volcanic mountains mined by dwarves, deserts inhabited by dragons, and lakes teaming with ferocious selkie. And getting the two of them to get along may be her biggest battle yet.
Rating: **** (4 stars)
Fae Guardian is the second book in Nicolette Reed’s brilliant Soulstealer Trilogy. It continues Valora’s story from Fae Hunter (you can find my review here) – although the events of Mane Attraction (you can find my review here) takes place in between the books, and I would highly recommend reading it before you start Fae Guardian as it does answer some questions. Like Mane Attraction, this is very definitely an adult book!
It was really nice to see Valora again. I really enjoy reading about her exploits and the situations that she manages to get herself into! It was also interesting to read about Kit’s changes and her relationship with Mane from Valora’s point of view. I was also really pleased to see both Dooley and Aric again, and to find out more about them. Reed did a great job at writing the tension between them; it was a really interesting mix of jealousy. I also loved the progression of their characters.
My main complaint of Fae Hunter was that I felt most of the events took place in Dell’Aria, and that hardly any of the book took place on Earth. However, in Fae Guardian Reed does a brilliant job of balancing the plot betweent the two worlds. I’m not sure where to begin talking about the plot of this book, except to say that it takes threads from both Fae Hunter and Mane Attraction and runs with them; weaving them into something brilliantly complicated and enthralling. I don’t want to give anything away, but the end of Fae Guardian promises a really interesting third book – which I look forward to getting my hands on, as there are a lot of questions I want answered!
If you are a fan of kick-ass heroines and of either the paranormal romance or the urban fantasy genre then you should definitely check this book out. Reed has created an interesting world, and I hope we get to see more of it. Fae Guardian was a brilliant read, and I am glad that I had the opportunity to dip back into the world.