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Another exciting story by Donna Grant in the magical world of light versus dark, good versus evil! I had read part of her dragon series, the Dark Kings, and thoroughly enjoyed each book, so it was fun to read another perspective on the same timeline. While the Dark Kings focuses on the dragon perspective, the Reaper series focuses on the fae. And who doesn't like a good fae story? It's right up there with dragons for me.
There are dark forces at work to destroy the Reapers' leader, Death, and the man at the helm of the destruction, Bran, seems unstoppable. None of the Reapers can harm him, and the Fae can't learn of the Reapers without risking death, so the only answer is to find a Halfling. And Daire, a Reaper who has gone in search of Bran's halfling descendants, has found one who might just fit the bill - if only Bran hadn't found her first. Ettie O'Byrne has always lived in the shadow of her younger sisters, but when a handsome man shows her attention, she is caught in his spell. Until she comes across a curious man in the woods who claims to be Fae. His spell is even more alluring, and he is there to save her.
This was a bit of a difficult read for me, not because I don't love Donna Grant's writing (because I do), but this particular book was just not connecting with me for a large portion of the story. Maybe it was because I hadn't read the previous books in the Reaper series, although Donna is so good about giving a backstory that I don't see that as being the issue. Thinking back, I think my main problem was that there was not enough build-up in the romance. The tension was eased too quickly, I wanted more angst between Ettie and Daire. Don't get me wrong - I loved both characters and thoroughly enjoyed their interactions. I just needed it to not be so easy. Ettie's sisters were definitely intriguing and I look forward to reading their stories in the future, if they eventually each get a book. They certainly had enough personality for it! It was great to see how the battle was progressing and learn more about the fae characters.
I really, really want to read the love story between Death and Cael. Don't tell me it's not happening, or I will cry. That little taste of a story was really compelling to me, and I can't wait to read more. Hopefully Donna Grant will take pity and write it soon!
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**