I received this book via Author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.Fae's Prisoner by M. Lynn, Melissa A. Craven
Series: Crimes of the Fae #1
Published by Twin Rivers Press on 2020-09-23
Length: 266 pages
Reviewing eARC from Author
Reading Challenges: 2020 New Release Challenge, COYER All Year 2020
Griffin O’Shea is a traitor.
It’s what those outside the prison realm called him when he chose the wrong side in the war of the fae queens. Now, he is the only person in the entire fae world who remembers his dark deeds.
The moment Griffin crossed into the prison realm, every fae he’d ever known forgot he existed. Left with nothing—not even his magic—he’s had to survive in a land of eternal darkness where a ruthless king terrorizes villages full of Dark Fae. Creatures with magnificent wings, tails, and horns wander the darkness of Myrkur, forgotten by all who believe this harsh world is one for criminals alone.
It’s been nearly ten years, and once again, Griffin is traitor to a king. But this time instead of punishment, Griffin is offered a mission that will take him across the magical barrier into the realms he once called home.
His task? Find a way to destroy the magic keeping the Dark Fae inside the prison realm.
Riona, the king’s champion, watches Griffin’s every move, forcing him to remain loyal to the dark king even when facing a brother who does not recognize him, an ex-wife who doesn’t know him, and two children that could be the key to everything.
Destroying the prison magic will send dangerous fae out into the peaceful realms, and Griffin must decide if maybe this time, becoming a traitor is the right thing to do.
This is the book I didn’t know I needed! Fae’s Prisoner by M. Lynn, Melissa A. Craven is the first book in their spin-off series Crimes of the Fae. Taking place roughly ten years after the events in Queens of the Fae, the authors take us into the prison realm where the fae prince we all hate to love is making amends by helping those who can’t help themselves. Fae’s Prisoner is a dark redemption tale that will leave you begging for more.
Oh Griff, my poor misguided fae! Griffin O’Shea is one of those characters that you love and hate yourself for loving all at the same time. If you haven’t read Queens of the Fae yet, I highly suggest you do because that is where you will get Griff’s backstory. Sent to the prison realm after helping Queen Regan try to take over the Fae kingdoms, Griff accepted his fate without argument. In fact, he was the one to suggest it. His time in Myrkur, the kingdom the Fae have forgotten, has allowed him to evaluate his actions and start over with a new purpose. He’s dedicated his life to protecting the Dark Fae he calls family from their tyrannical king. Yet he still questions himself, what he did, who he hurt, and believes that nothing he has done since then can ever atone for those sins. Truly, he breaks my heart, and at the same time I want to reach through the pages and give him a good smack on the head! Broody male….
The story follows Griff in his new life. We meet several new characters, all of whom I love, though Gulliver is my favorite. I love this little dark fae who absolutely steals the spotlight! But I digress, the plot begins when Griff’s true identity is revealed to the king of Myrkur. The king wants the barrier down, and he plans to use Griff to do it. Blackmailed into helping the king, Griff finds himself back where it all began, facing the demons that have haunted him for the last ten years.
But he isn’t alone. With Griff is Riona, the king’s champion. She’s a rare dark fae, and I’m not really sure how to feel about her. At times, she’s brutal and cunning. At others, she’s kind. This leaves Griff’s head spinning. I’m curious to see where the authors are going to take her character because Riona could be a force of evil or be the ultimate hero.
Overall, I loved Fae’s Prisoner. It was great seeing all the familiar characters and revisiting the world the authors created in the first series. Though I’m definitely seeing it in a different light. Griff was one of my favorite characters already so I was so excited when they announced he was getting his own series. I love seeing the changes in him, and this redemption arc is going to be epic! I highly recommend this one to anyone that enjoys fantasy, especially fae.