Book Title: The Night Realm
Book Author: Annette Marie
Page Count: 391
Publishing Date: October 20th, 2017
Publisher: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
Date Read: November 7th, 2017
Synopsis: 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.
“Daemons were supernatural entities that hailed from one of two worlds: the Underworld or the Overworld. Like heaven and hell, the daemon worlds were opposites and their inhabitants were natural rivals–enemies even–but unlike the myths, neither realm was all good or all bad. Just different.”
The Night Realm is dark and alluring. It is intoxicating and enchanting. This one will have your heart racing in a state of suspense! If you love danger, passion, dynamic characters, and magic, you will fall in love with this intense story!
I am so impressed with The Night Realm! Annette Marie took the YA “Insta Love” trope and gave it a reason for existing…Incubi. I loved having the different types of characters in this exceptionally well built world. The magic system was incredibly well written, and the description of the world was so imaginable! I could see everything, and everyone, so clearly in my mind while I was reading!
Clio was brave, selfless, and sometimes clumsy and stupid. She had a good heart and had a lot of determination. She had a kick ass ability as a nymph, but still felt like a real person. She was flawed and beautiful.
Lyre was swoon-worthy. Really, he was, as an incubus. He was so dark and alluring, and contradictory at times, but he also seemed to have morals, and was definitely intriguing.
Ash was so alluring to me. He was mysterious and dangerous, but seemed to have some kind of conscience. He reminded me a little of Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows.
Along with the intriguing, well developed characters, came world building that was intricate and magical. Marie created the vast, deep realm of the Underworld with intense creativity. She used stunning imagery in her writing to create a world of “otherworldy” creatures and daemons. With this world came several evil beings, conflicts, and chaos. The Night Realm was ominous and sinful in its decadent existence.
I am already dying for book two in this series. The Night Realm held danger, excitement, betrayal, passion, and fascinating magic. It had a nice, steady pace that built with fervor (and steaminess) as the story went on. There was never a dull moment, and the history of the world, and characters, was portrayed in a natural way that flowed in the book. If all of her books are written this well, then I will be a reader of hers for good!
“Light blazed everywhere–the swirling, shifting patterns of the spells that filled the shop…A chartreuse haze coated his body–his glamour, the magic that disguised his true appearance. Spelled weapons hidden on his body glowed in her vision, and his forearms were branded with green sigils she recognized as defensive spells that could deflect magical attacks…”
Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for providing me with this free e-copy in exchange for my honest review and as part of the book tour. Both quotes used are from the book, written by the author.
I would like to make one trigger warning note about an attempted rape scene and rape threats.
About The Author:
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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