Silver Skin, D.L. McDermott
Silver Skin, D.L. McDermott
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
I was really excited to see this, Jeaniene Frost is one of my favourite paranormal authors, and I just love books involving Fae. I loved the first in the series, Cold Iron and was looking forward to this one. I wasn’t disappointed, its the same easy to follow style as the first book, and has characters including the supernatural ones, that feel real. That you feel you could talk to and understand. The Fae abilities too are clearly set out – I hate those where some new unheard of power taps in just at the right moment…
this book focusses on Helene and Miach who we met in the first book. The story continues with the risk to the Fae living here that the cruel and evil Fae Prince, who was captured and sent back to the other world in the last book, may escape. Some of the Fae here want things back to how they were when Fae ruled thousands of years ago, but they need Druids or a Fae sorcerer such as Miach to open the gate. In the past Fae and Druids hated each other, each used the other peoples and did unspeakable cruelties to them, but it seems some of them have formed an alliance to get those captured released. Miach knows his descendants, half Fae and beyond that have human blood, will all be killed, and not in an easy way. He’s one that wants things to remain as they are. He felt an attraction for Helene when they met in the last book but her good friend Beth put him under a geas not to do anything to her, or pursue her.
Helene had a taste of the Supernatural world when she helped Beth, who has Druid blood but didn’t know, who was in danger. They worked together in a museum, and now Helene finds strange things happening. She’s losing tracts of time, simply can’t account for hours each day when she has memory blanks. Doctors can find nothing wrong despite extensive tests. If Beth were here she’d seek her help, but she’s with Conn, her Fae lover, in Ireland, and each time Helene tries to tell her there’s a problem by phone she finds the words just won’t come out, something stops them. The only person she knows who might have answers is Miach. She’s scared to seek his help, scared of him and what he may do, but has no other option.
Miach is pleased to help 🙂 though somewhat hampered in his desire to seduce her by the geas. Still, he finds ways to try to protect her, and once again they become embroiled in some terrible dangers, the plans to retrieve the captured Fae become more than just ideas, and close to reality. There are some gruesome moments when we see Fae and Druids in their real light, not just simple people but self centred, and sadisticly evil types. Of course not all are like that, but the supernatural folk live long and have long memories….as before with Beth, Helene seems to encounter danger from all angles, and apart from Miach she doesn’t know who to trust.
Its another terrific readable story, romance and suspense all wrapped up together in a good package. Helene learns more about Miach, that he’s not just a cruel Fae, that he can and does respect her, and that he has reasons for many of his actions. I loved meeting his extended family, and the whole premise of Fae and others living among humans discreetly. Another riveting read – loved it 🙂 and look forward to more. Priced at £3.99 for 252 pages I’d have liked it to be a bit longer, the storyline could have carried it as its so full of drama and detail but…that’s me and my love for looong books 🙂
Stars: 4.5. a bit longer to expand the story and I’d probably have gone for five.
ARC supplied via Netgalley