Grim Series #4
by Dani Harper
Narracted by Justine Eyre
Print Length: 375 pages
Print Publisher: Montlake Romance (January 9, 2018)
Publication Date: January 9, 2018
Audio Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition
12 hours, 2 minutes
Heir to a noble fae house, Trahern is forced to watch helplessly as his twin brother is cruelly changed into a grim—a death dog—as punishment for falling in love with the wrong person. Trahern doesn’t believe love exists, but he will do anything to keep his brother alive—even join the Wild Hunt and ride the night skies of the human world.
Lissy Santiago-Callahan believes in love but has no time for it. She’s busy juggling her career as an academic and her home life as a single mom to a young son with Asperger’s. Her hectic life in sleepy Eastern Washington is made even more chaotic with the sudden arrival of a demanding fae and his unusual “dog.”
Mortal and immortal have nothing in common, and the attraction between Lissy and Trahern surprises them both. But when their desire places Lissy and her child in the path of a deadly faery feud, will the connection last, or will their separate worlds prove too great a divide?
This is a richly woven story and series with detailed and consistent world-building richly drawn characters and lots of action. In this story there is, perhaps, a message about children on the autism spectrum — here Asperger’s. While outsiders, even those who know about issues surrounding this complex condition, only know an autistic child having a meltdown, it is important to remember that they have some thing, some skill, attribute or ability to offer the world. In some cases, an Autistic person has changed entire industries.
The narractor here had, occasionally, strange-to-me pronunciations of words, but when I looked them up they were okay. Her voice is pleasant enough although I feel her male voices all sound gruff or like a woman with a baritone who has a cold.
I come to like Dani’s detailed characters who feel very human, even when they are not. I feel like Dani really captured some true emotional content here. The way Lissy comes to feel about Trahern and how he comes to feel about the non-fae, Lissy, her son, and friends, is like someone waking up after a millennium-long nap. Also, she refuses to tar all the fae with the”bad-fae” brush; just like any aggregation of individuals, some are good and some are bad.
If there is anything I could criticize it is perhaps that Dani writes descriptively, her work can feel naive. In reflection though I think that the simplicity of her work is a positive in a world where purple prose, and descriptions of every little thing have sway. And, it is apparent in Dani’s writing that she cares about her protagonists.
I could not find any loose ends or inconsistencies. That’s pretty cool for a long series like this. I do not believe this is a good place to start the series nor that it would be a good standalone. But it is good and I recommend the series and the book.
STORM CROSSED by Dani Harper is available as a Kindle ebook, paperback, or audiobook on any Amazon site. AUTHOR: https://daniharper.com/ https://daniharper.com/grims-and-faeries/storm-crossed-book-4/
Amazon.com link – https://www.amazon.com/Storm-Crossed-Grim-Book-4-ebook/dp/B073TTTGZD
Amazon.ca link – https://www.amazon.ca/Storm-Crossed-Grim-Book-4-ebook/dp/B073TTTGZD
Amazon.co.uk link – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B073TTTGZD