This was one of those books that I’m not sure why it didn’t grip me more. To be fair, it might’ve if I hadn’t listened to the audiobook and if I hadn’t been so distracted by real life stress. I did enjoy it though!
It was an interesting mix of faery magic and time travel. The fae and time travel stuff could be confusing but was also really cool and interesting. It was one of those takes in which the fae and their lands are beautiful but powerful and scary. I’m not sure if all the time travel stuff made sense, but I just didn’t think too hard about it. It made for an interesting and fairly unique story though with a lot of complexity in the plot and a lot of intense and unsettling moments.
There were a handful of times when I thought I missed something and was confused, so I’d rewind, only to find I didn’t miss anything. It was just written in a confusing way, and then the explanation came later. But everything did make sense by the end.
The characters seemed realistic enough. I’m not sure I have strong feelings about the romance, to be honest. Also I don’t know why the description mentions an “intensely sexual bond” because that makes it sound like a smutfest when it really wasn’t (which I was glad for). But anyway, what I loved about the few sex scenes that were in the book were Sean’s tentativeness and uncertainty (since he wasn’t experienced with men) and Cormac’s honesty and encouragement.
Unfortunately I didn’t love the audiobook narrator, Ian Ruane. It should’ve been easy to tell the characters apart, since one was Irish and one was American, except sometimes Sean just sounded Irish too. And the American accent he did just reminded me of the MovieFone voice. It was such a standard, voiceover type American accent, which I didn’t feel like suited Sean, since he was half-Cuban and, I believe, grew up in South Florida. I also felt like the narrator didn’t really voice act all the proper emotion in some scenes. But it wasn’t a terrible performance. The narration parts and the dialogue of Irish characters were fine.
According to Goodreads this is the first in a series, but this was published eight years ago as of the time of this review, and I see no mention of more books. This has a solid ending that wraps up all the threads and works just fine as a standalone, so you don’t need to worry about that.
Overall, I enjoyed this book with its believable characters and its unique fae and time travel combo!
Anyone who likes m/m romance, beautiful but scary fae, time travel, complex plots, Ireland, and magic.