A Feather So Black
Set in a world of perilous magic and moonlit forests, this seductive romantic fantasy tells the story of a defiant changeling, her cursed sister, and the dangerous fae lord she must defeat to save her family.
In a kingdom where magic has been lost, Fia is a rare changeling, left behind by the wicked Fair Folk when they stole the High Queen’s daughter and retreated behind the locked gates of Tír na nÓg.
Most despise Fia’s fae blood. But the queen raises her as a daughter and trains her to be a spy. Meanwhile, the real princess Eala is bound to Tír na nÓg, cursed to become a swan by day and only returning to her true form at night.
When a hidden gate to the realm is discovered, Fia is tasked by the queen to retrieve the princess and break her curse. But she doesn’t go alone: with her is prince Rogan, Fia’s dearest childhood friend—and Eala’s betrothed.
As they journey through the forests of the Folk, where magic winds through the roots of the trees and beauty can be a deadly illusion, Fia’s mission is complicated by her feelings for the prince…and her unexpected attraction to the dark-hearted fae lord holding Eala captive. Irian might be more monster than man, but he seems to understand Fia in a way no one ever has.
Soon, Fia begins to question the truth of her mission. But time is running out to break her sister’s curse. And unraveling the secrets of the past might destroy everything she has come to love.
Hello Book friends!
Today I’m reviewing A Feather so Black by Lyra Selene. In this debut adult fantasy romance we follow Fia a changeling fostered by a human queen, honed to be an unfeeling weapon. Burdened with the quest to save her cursed sister, and defeat a fae lordling who holds her sister captive.
It’s been a good while since I’ve read a fantasy romance that kept me utterly captivated. Where I ignored the world around me, hiding in my room, so I could get one more chapter in. You know those books that keep you up until the wee hours of the night, consuming your every thought as you plunge into a lush and enchanting new world that you never want to leave? Well get ready to be fully immersed in a world filled with deception and trepidation.
Now, let’s chat about the book itself. As a history buff, I love when authors use folklore or mythology as their backdrop for their prose. Painting in vivid dazzling colors a world you can so easily find yourself stepping into and getting lost in the magic and loveliness, beguiled by the hum of the stories beating pulse.
I hands down love this book. Enemies to lovers romances has always been a favorite of mine, though I have to be honest, I’m never a fan of love-triangles. It worked in this story, but I still sigh when it’s used. Another aspect of the book that I craved was to see Fia show her heartless qualities a bit more when she enters the fae world. I felt we needed to see Fia as that honed weapon, similar to how we see Celaena Sardothien in The Throne of Glass series. I loved the romance, but I felt Selene didn’t do Fia’s character full justice in her capabilities of being an assassin.
A Few More Thoughts
A Feather so Black checks all the right boxes of Celtic folklore, enemies-to-lovers, and a mesmerizing magic system, fantasy romance readers will be lured into a tale of yearning, betrayal, and seductive romance. Simply put, a book you should absolutely preorder. With lush writing, an enchanting magical system, and a story that will have you devouring each and every page and leave you aching for more when you get to the end.
Happy Reading ~ Cece
RATING: – Exceptionally Inked
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About the Author
Lyra Selene was born under a full moon and has never quite managed to wipe the moonlight out of her eyes. She grew up on a steady diet of mythology, folklore, and fantasy, and now writes tall tales of twisted magic, forbidden love, and brooding landscapes. She lives in New England with her husband, daughter, and dog in an antique farmhouse that’s probably not haunted. A Feather So Black is her adult debut.
|Source & Format
|Review Posted Online
|NetGalley, Digital ARC
|November 26, 2023
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