Grim Series #3
by Dani Harper
Montlake Romance March 31, 2015
352 pages in paperback, Kindle and audio formats.
Book provided by publisher for review purposes. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Passionate musicians Caris and Liam grew up centuries apart. When their fates collide, they must learn to trust each other and work together to stop a dark force from seizing both Fae and human worlds.
When Caris’s unearthly musical talent attracts the attention of the Wild Hunt, the Welsh farm girl is stolen away to serve as a faery grim, a herald of death. Two centuries later, she’s finally escaped back to the human world—and into the present-day life of a reclusive and heartbroken American musician.
Music was Liam’s whole life—until a crushing betrayal left him desperate to flee the public eye. Yet long-dormant passions awaken within him after a powerful storm strands a beautiful, strong-willed woman on his isolated farm. When a fae prince bent on ruling both human and faery realms threatens Caris’s life, Liam must decide if he can finally believe in love again, not just for her sake—but for the sake of two worlds.
From the bestselling author of Changeling Moon, this sweeping and passionate story of paranormal romance follows two souls from different centuries who lost everything…and found that only love can save them.
Today is the first day of a two-day event for STORM WARNED by Dani Harper. Although we’ve never met outside cyberspace, I consider Dani a friend so, of course, that has some impact on how I feel about her work. But, I have given her work both favorable and unfavorable reviews so I am not just a sycophant.
Tomorrow, Dani will be by with “Fae Facts ” and an audiobook giveaway exclusive to Fangs, Wands & Fairy Dust readers!
In this story, Dani does the unusual and flips the gender of the character who has been turned into a grim (death dog). That’s interesting because it gave me, as a woman, more insight into what that kind of creature would feel.
Grims have an advantage of having lived through the centuries since having been changed and so, when one becomes human again, as in each of the three stories in the series, they aren’t astonished by all the modern conveniences. And, they have learned the hard way to have a healthy fear of the fae.
On the other hand, Liam has built a wall of anger and hurt around himself that only a hurt animal, and a seriously huge storm, can undermine. It takes some time but the wall comes down, and when presented with enough evidence he realizes what is happening around his farm is real and not just a by-product of the major concussion he suffered.
It feels like a real conversion from unbelieving to skeptical acquiescence, which is a tough feat to pull off in this genre; it is often the downfall of the paranormal romance.
And, Dani also possesses the skill to portray the fae in a way that strips away every Disney-Princess fantasy. I have a healthy fear of ever meeting one.
The physical relationship develops quickly with the situation, musical sympathy and undeniable attraction between the characters overcoming a lot of obstacles like dating, disbelief and that wall of anger. Dani writes some nice steamy scenes with respectful language and emotional content. The musical sympathy is vital to the characters and the story and their sharing of the love of their music is the glue that holds the characters and the story together.
The story includes a suspense aspect as well; I was always wondering whether the story would have a happy ending; and whether the villain would “get his” in the end. Dani doesn’t telegraph the ending ahead of time. And the villain is very strong, evil and heartless — a female Maleficent without the mitigating circumstances. I enjoyed seeing the fairy queen stiffen her resolve and I got the feeling the character knew the story would lead to this outcome from the first book.
Dani writes a huge, extremely believable, storm into the beginning of the book. Only someone who lived through such a maelstrom could have written it!
The character that actually seems the most important to me is Ranyon, who I first met in STORM WARRIOR. Aside from his curious manner of speaking, which I found kind of annoying, he is a darling and powerful creature. Dani calls him an “Ellyll,” and I have found that pronounced as Essiss (http://www.forvo.com/word/ellyll/).
According to the online Dictionary of Mythology:
Ellyll (Welsh): A small fairy or elf. In some accounts, ellyllon are fiends or ghosts, the souls of druids which are destined to roam the earth until the day of judgement. http://www.mythologydictionary.com/ellyll-mythology.html
I’ve also seen ellyll translated as “troll” and “elf.” To find out more about the fae come by tomorrow for Dani’s guest post, Fae Facts!
Ranyon is the character who makes the story, the magic, and needed repairs, work. I found him so important to the story that I spent a lot of time looking for a picture I could share with you after asking Dani whether he resembled a mini Groot. So now, in my mind he’s the Dsiney dwarf, Sleepy, mixed with Groot! I have found one picture I cannot figure out how to ask permission to use so I will give you this link to LEGION OF PAGANS, More Faery Lore instead: http://static.sgv2.com/img/183924/aspect/700×500/content/3/1303291828579675-faire_sprig.jpg
Oddly, except for the head and size it is pretty much how I saw him in my mind’s eye. Dani has done a lot of research into the fae and Welsh.
The story offers excellent continuity and inclusion from the first two books in the series. It was interesting that Dani doesn;t include the other Ex-Grims in this book, but refers to them and includes one’s mate and friends. This offers the continuity but the book can stand on its own.
I recommend the entire series, in order, for the best experience. It has a lot of heart and is another winner for Dani Harper!
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