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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Faery Queen by Michelle M. Pillow

Faery Queen - Realm Immortal Book Two by Michelle M. Pillow
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Genre: Contemporary; Historical; Paranormal; Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full (166 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Orchid

It is ill-advised to incur the wrath of a faery, but it is most foolish to do so of a faery queen…

Realm Immortal, Book Two

Queen Tania of the Faeries is tired of waiting for Hugh, the Earl of Bellemare, to come back to her. A year has passed since his commitments pulled him from her side and she’s begun to suspect he never intended to return. Disheartened, the queen’s mood darkens until she finds she has no choice but to teach the earl a lesson he will never forget—that no human should dare lie to a faery queen.

Hugh’s hatred of the magical world is well known and he wishes to live out the rest of his life in the mortal realm, doing his noble duty. Too bad his heart hasn’t caught up to his head. Thoughts of a tenaciously seductive queen haunt him, even as he knows the woman only wanted him as a plaything for her bed. But it would seem he can’t run far enough, for the teasing nymph won’t back down and Hugh finds himself at the mercy of a vengeful faery.

Immortals, mortals, fairies, demons, good and evil. All the ingredients needed for a good fantasy or paranormal novel.

The heart of Queen Tania of the Faeries, has been broken by Hugh, Earl of Bellemare. Hugh has returned to the mortal realm without keeping his promise to return to the Silver Palace. Tania’s black mood is gradually destroying her body, her magic and the faery realm. The only way she can see to resolve her problem is to force Hugh back to the Immortal Realm, but to do this she must enlist the help of Lucien, King of the Damned.

Hugh and his family are blessed by King Ean of the Immortal Realm of Tegwen, but this blessing seems to have been breached and things at Bellemare are going desperately wrong. Foals from their valuable broodmares are dying and now his brother William has disappeared. Before Hugh can act, he is attacked by an undead, and whisked away to the Immortal Realm. He wakes to find himself a prisoner of Lucien.

Thomas, the younger Bellemare brother, travels to the Immortal Realm to search for his missing brothers. His sister Juliana is married to Merrick, the King of the Unblessed, and Thomas goes there first to enlist the couple’s help. Merrick tells him Juliana is not available, so a bewildered Thomas travels to King Ean to beg him for his help.

Tania must solve her differences with Hugh for the faerie realm to survive. Hugh has to find and rescue his brother William and he is also determined to bring his sister back to the mortal realm. All this takes place to the backdrop of a war between King Ean and King Merrick’s realms.

I enjoyed this novel set in the Immortal Realm. Ms Pillow put as much work into building her world as she did into her characters and the main conflict. I found myself absorbed by background setting without being aware of it. I liked this.

Queen Tania is a perturbed young woman. The man she loves does not return her feelings. Hugh’s life is centered on his estate in the Mortal Realm and doesn’t have time for the Queen of the Faeries. Then there is William, a wizard and a womanizer; Thomas, the friendly, untroubled younger brother; and Lucien the King of the Damned. If the mortals are not rescued and Tania’s magic reclaimed, Lucien will win take control of not only the Immortal Realm, but the Mortal Realm as well.

Faery Queen is a rich enthralling story, filled with paranormal creatures, love and lust. I was fascinated right from page one and enjoyed the seemingly irresolvable barriers that stand between Hugh and Tania. Add to this the magic and the battle between good and evil, and you have the ingredients for a great story.

Ms Pillow mentions at the beginning that the books are stand alone but recommends reading the other novels in this series. This is the first book I have read of the Region Immortal series, but I find it has whetted my appetite to read the others in the series. I will be looking out for more books by this author.