Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Wicked Enchantment by Anya Bast
Wicked Enchantment is set in a world where the existence of the Fae is no longer a secret. Humans, along with a covert sect of sorcerers have hunted and imprisoned the Fae in a magical shield.
When you’re a half incubus, your reputation precedes you…
All eyes are on Gabriel Mac Braire the day he makes his first appearance in the Seelie Court, including those of Aislinn Finvarra. Despite deep bitterness over her last failed relationship, Aislinn cannot help but be curious about the half incubus who is known to possess dark magick, both lethal and sexual in nature. Rumors abound of the women who have become enslaved to his irresistible charms.
So when the Summer Queen of the fae orders Aislinn herself to act as his guide in the court, she is understandably on guard. She’s fallen under the spell of far less persuasive men before. In addition, Gabriel might be more than he seems and his true mission is far from innocent.
This time, Aislinn must protect not only her heart, but her very life…
Wicked Enchantment is the first book in the Dark Magick series by Anya Bast. Technically I would class it as paranormal romance but with a strong urban fantasy backbone. I haven't read anything by Anya Bast before apart from book blurbs about other series' and wasn't expecting much - I'm not a fan of too much sex but I was pleasantly surprised. I thoroughly enjoyed Wicked Enchantment - it was exciting, easy to relate to the characters and I loved the non-stop action. This book is truly unputdownable (and yes I know that's not a word, but it deserves a new one to describe how brilliant it was).
Wicked Enchantment flows well and the reader is instantly immersed in a world of magic and mystery. Despite being pnr the book has a strong plot alongside the developing romance between the main characters, who change and evolve in the duration of the story.
Aislinn is spoilt upper class Seelie, she has a habit of being blunt and truthful, a bad trait for a Fae which isolates her from her peers. Gabriel is one of those rare characters not often found in romance novels - as well as the usual requirements, he is also honest, which he goes to great lengths to conceal, considering his job.
The only negative thing I have to say is that this series focuses completely on the Fae, so if your not fond of faeries, you should probably stay away from this series.