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When you steal from faerie queens, the consequences are painful and sometimes deadly.

Were-jaguar and TV personality, Riley O’Rourke, has been looking over her shoulder ever since she stole from the Dark Queen of the Unseelie faeries. When Riley is contacted by an informant with knowledge that can blow the lid off the story of the year, she can’t pass up the opportunity to investigate. What she finds instead is something that puts her at the mercy of the Dark Queen, who is not known for her compassion.

When Riley’s boyfriend, David, realizes she’s missing, he’ll do whatever it takes to get her back, including starting a war with the Unseelie. The balance of power among the Fae courts is shifting, and if David makes one wrong move, Riley could end up crushed in the struggle. But after being the subject of the Queens’s legendary cruelty, will there even be anything left of Riley to save?

The second book in the Revelations Trilogy continues the story of Riley O’Rourke, David Lo, and Neve MacAlpin. Buy it here.

Taming Shadows is the first book in the Revelations Trilogy and introduces us to Riley, David, and Neve. Buy it here.


Read This Book. Read It!

I’ll start by saying I loved the story. I developed a reader’s crush on Riley in Taming Shadows, and I was still feeling it in Silver Shackles. That said, there were times I wanted to slap Riley. I want her and David to be happy together, but it’s not going to happen if she keeps making bad decisions, not the least of which is keeping secrets from the people she should be confiding in. That’s what a relationship is supposed to be about, Riley.

Yes, I started yelling at Riley. David, too. That’s how involved I became in these characters’ lives. The Dark Queen was truly wicked in her desire to take revenge on Riley, and I was about ready to mount my own assault on the Unseelie Court if David wasn’t working on it.

The one problem I had with the story was that the narrative switched from the first person to third, depending on who was the focus of the story. Riley’s first-person narrative makes her tale more intimate to me, and I feel like she’s letting me get to know her. Think Harry Dresden. David’s tale, along with scenes involving other characters, is told in the third person, and I felt a bit of a disconnect with him by comparison. Maybe David narrating his side of the story would have been better, but that clearly wouldn’t have worked for all the character interactions. In the end, I had to grudgingly admit that it was the only way to go.

Oh, and just as in Taming Shadows, look for the tasty recipes at the end of the book!

I would read this again, and I would recommend it to a friend. Which, I suppose, is what I’m doing right now. I’m already looking forward to the next book.


About Fiona Skye:

Fiona Skye is a fantasy author, currently living in the deserts of Southern Arizona. She shares a home with her husband, two kids, three cats, two rats, a betta fish, and a Border Collie.

Fiona’s passion for story telling began early in life. She loved playing make-believe and inventing elaborate fantasy worlds for her friends and her to play in. At age twelve, she wrote her first short story, which was based on a song by a 1980s hair band. After giving it to her English teacher for editing and rewrites, she learned to love the entire writing process, and has dedicated her life since then to writing, only to be occasionally distracted by her insatiable love of yarn and crochet, and the dogged pursuit of the perfect plate of cheese enchiladas.

She counts Diana Gabaldon and Jim Butcher as her favorite authors and biggest influences. Joining these two on the list of people she would wait in queue for a week to have a coffee with are Neil Peart, Kevin Hearne, and Brandon Sanderson.

Fiona is online –
Website & Blog: http://fiona-skye.com/

The Desolation of Peter Jackson

Okay, I finally went to see The Desolation of Smaug…I liked the movie, as long as I prevented myself from remembering it was supposed to be an adaptation of a classic novel. I’ve been reading The Hobbit just about once every year or so for the last twenty-thirty years, so there were way too many times I had to avoid yelling at the screen (I couldn’t help but wonder if they could have done the story in one installment if they didn’t put so many of the gratuitous 3-D shots that every producer seems to think are required, but I wish warranted the death penalty–but I digress).

I liked most of the characters (hey, wasn’t that Doctor #7?), and the conversation between Bilbo and Smaug went almost as I would have imagined it.

As a generic fantasy adventure, I’d give the story a 3 out of 5 (points get knocked off every time someone throws something at the camera).

As a Tolkien fan, though, I give it a 2, for ruining the whole Beorn encounter, and for all the Sauron-is-coming foreshadowing. We’re not idiots, Mr. Jackson.

The 25th Century as Envisioned by Glen A. Larson in 1978 (Buck Rogers)

We were watching the 1970’s Buck Rogers TV show, and noticed a couple of weird things about the 25th Century:

First, CapiTaLizAtiOn is rAndoM. Almost every sign is printed in a computerized font with randomly capitalized words (just as annoying then as it is when people do it now).

Second, all female military uniforms include spiky heels and short skirts.

Third, Society is controlled by computers that look like talking hockey pucks, who are super intelligent, but never designed mobile bodies for themselves. They have to be carried everywhere, usually by ambiquads, little robots with annoying voices. “Bedebedebede, Oh Boy!”

Oh, and don’t forget those high collars. Because one thing they’ll have in abundance is starch!

I weep for the future.

Daughter of Mythos, by Melissa Drake

A Battle in Mythos for the Fate of the Earth

The cover looks awesome, too!

Anyone who loves magic, dragons, romance, fairies, wizards, and adventure will get a kick out of this book. Right from the beginning, this story had me enthralled.

I suppose every young person wishes that he or she had a place to go where they *belong*, a place where they can do heroic things and be loved by many. Nora is that person. Having lost her parents, she’s juggled from foster home to foster home, because a magical force keeps ruining her chances of finding a permanent place of her own.

When she finally learns that she has a destiny, her life changes forever.
But she also learns that where someone is important, there are just as many people who wish to destroy her as love her.

Nora will find love and friendship, but she’ll also find tragedy and heartbreak. You, the reader, will find it right along with her. Have a tissue or two at the ready!

I desperately hope book two is coming soon.

Available on Amazon.com