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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Review 33. The Night Realm by Annette Marie [Blog Tour]


Welcome to The Night Realm Blog Tour hosted by Xpresso Book ToursDo you love magic and political intrigue? Then this the book for you. At the end of my review, you will find a Giveaway. Don't forget to join it.

Title: The Night Realm 
Author: Annette Marie
Publisher: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
Published: October 20th 2017

"Clio is good at all sorts of things. As a nymph, she’s great at outdoorsy nature stuff. As a nymph living in exile, she’s got the “blending in with humans” thing down pat. As a nymph living in exile because she possesses the rare ability to mimic magic, she’s had to pick up some unique survival skills.
But stealing from the most dangerous spell weavers in the Underworld? Not so much.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what she has to do to earn a ticket back home. Conning her way into the night realm may have gone pretty well, but now she’s got a new problem. His name is Lyre and he’s a sinfully alluring incubus, a dangerously skilled spell weaver, and the only thing standing between her and stealing some damn magic.
Maneuvering around him without blowing her cover shouldn’t be that difficult, but chaos has been dogging her every step, monsters hide behind beautiful faces, and Lyre keeps saving her neck even though they’re enemies. Kind of enemies? Either way, her mission is getting complicated fast, and in the Underworld, even one mistake could prove fatal."


REVIEW

Plot: Living in exile on Earth, Clio, a nymph with royal blood, will do everything she can to return home. To protect her country, the Overworld, from going to a war that it cannot win, Clio accepts an impossible heist: to travel to Hade’s territory in the Underworld and steal some of the most powerful and dangerous spell ever created.  

In the night realm, Clio finds Lyre, an alluring incubus and master weaver that she met in a not so distant past when on a mission for her country. With a propensity to attract disaster. Clio finds herself being rescued by Lyre at every turn. In a dangerous world, Clio must find a way to succeed her mission without losing herself –or her heart to the enemy. 

An enticing story with an alluring cast of characters it wasn’t difficult to fall in love with The Night Realm. When I first plunged into this new world of magic and political intrigue, I didn’t know that The Night Realm was a prequel to a series that had already been released. If you haven’t read the previous series, you can still appreciate Annette Marie’s new well-woven story -the writing is flawless and details and the plot is fast-paced, full of action and twists.  

Characters: As mentioned above, this novel has an alluring cast of characters. Although I liked Clio –nice to meet a main character that isn’t always sure of herself and who is a bigger walking disaster than myself- I wish she didn’t cry or was in the verge of crying so much. I understand her predicament –the heist and wanting the approval of her brother- , but I could not stand how many times she cried. There was a moment that I just couldn't feel bad for her. Now, Lyre was perfect! I felt bad for him –his family, apart from Reed, is terrible. All they care is about torturing and killing spells. They crushed Lyre's soul by forcing him to be something he didn’t wish to. 

Worldbuilding: The world building was one my favourite characteristics of this novel. I loved how Marie’s made use of mythology (from Greek to Egyptian mythology) and folk tales.  I enjoyed the darkness and danger of the Underworld. Also, another highlight for me, was how the author explained the process of weaving with so many details. That’s definitely another way of looking at magic.   

Author Bio:
Annette Marie is the author of the Amazon best-selling Steel & Stone series, which includes Goodreads Choice Award nominee Yield the Night, and fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast- paced urban fantasy and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it's not quite that bad) with her comparatively sensible husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.


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6 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting today, Tania! This sounds like a well written, fun read!

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    1. Thank you for letting me be part of the tour, Giselle. :)

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  2. So glad that you enjoyed this one! This is the first time I'm hearing about it but I'll have to check it out!

    Thanks for sharing,
    ~Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

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    1. This book was a really nice surprise. If you give it a chance, I hope you like it too Brittany.

      Happy readings! ;)

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  3. I saw this on Kindle Unlimited the other day and was really curious :D awesome to see the world building is really good in this book

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    1. For someone who loves mythology and folk tales as I do, the world building is perfect. Happy readings! ;)

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