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Orphaned. Trained to fight. Raised to fear the power of Underhill. Secretly in love with a man who doesn’t want me. I’m still just Alli, aka the half-human orphan fae, but my life is looking up for the first time. It only took me my whole 24 years. But when Underhill—the ancestral home of the fae—shatters, making it impossible for any fae to enter, I’m the only one who know Orphaned. Trained to fight. Raised to fear the power of Underhill. Secretly in love with a man who doesn’t want me. I’m still just Alli, aka the half-human orphan fae, but my life is looking up for the first time. It only took me my whole 24 years. But when Underhill—the ancestral home of the fae—shatters, making it impossible for any fae to enter, I’m the only one who knows who did it. A secret that will be the death of me if I do nothing. A brutal madness spreads through the fae as they lose their connection to Underhill, and to save my people, my only choice is to leave all I have fought for and go on the run. Unless I figure out how the hell magic that has existed since the dawn of time was destroyed with a single touch, well, an entire life spent fighting to prove myself isn’t going to mean anything at all. I must find the answer to the riddle of Underhill’s shattering. Hunted by the very man I loved once upon a time.


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Orphaned. Trained to fight. Raised to fear the power of Underhill. Secretly in love with a man who doesn’t want me. I’m still just Alli, aka the half-human orphan fae, but my life is looking up for the first time. It only took me my whole 24 years. But when Underhill—the ancestral home of the fae—shatters, making it impossible for any fae to enter, I’m the only one who know Orphaned. Trained to fight. Raised to fear the power of Underhill. Secretly in love with a man who doesn’t want me. I’m still just Alli, aka the half-human orphan fae, but my life is looking up for the first time. It only took me my whole 24 years. But when Underhill—the ancestral home of the fae—shatters, making it impossible for any fae to enter, I’m the only one who knows who did it. A secret that will be the death of me if I do nothing. A brutal madness spreads through the fae as they lose their connection to Underhill, and to save my people, my only choice is to leave all I have fought for and go on the run. Unless I figure out how the hell magic that has existed since the dawn of time was destroyed with a single touch, well, an entire life spent fighting to prove myself isn’t going to mean anything at all. I must find the answer to the riddle of Underhill’s shattering. Hunted by the very man I loved once upon a time.

30 review for A Court of Honey and Ash

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cal (Cal's Reading Corner)

    I'll have to read this, as it mentioned the Fae... But y'all... this title...??? I'll have to read this, as it mentioned the Fae... But y'all... this title...???

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    Can I just say: I hate the title! … as it turns out, I didn’t care much for the story either. DNF

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bronwyn O'Neill

    I was certainly intrigued by the title...and then I saw all the five-star reviews I decided to hop into it. And I'm not going to lie I definitely have some side-eye about them because this book is hands down not good. It was billed as a novel that SJM/JLA/Holly Black fans will love and that there is a forbidden romance. If you were expecting any type of romance then you'll be massively disappointed, the main character and her "love interest" (who is more of her abuser than boyfriend) speak maybe I was certainly intrigued by the title...and then I saw all the five-star reviews I decided to hop into it. And I'm not going to lie I definitely have some side-eye about them because this book is hands down not good. It was billed as a novel that SJM/JLA/Holly Black fans will love and that there is a forbidden romance. If you were expecting any type of romance then you'll be massively disappointed, the main character and her "love interest" (who is more of her abuser than boyfriend) speak maybe four times. This is certainly a case of we are told they love each other rather than being shown they are in love. There is zero chemistry between the couple. So if you expected the SJM/JLA spice then sorry it's not there whatsoever. This book is CHEUGY. The characters are 24-years-old, the same age as me, and the way they talk makes my skin crawl. it's so "YAS QUEEN SLAY GIRL BOSS" energy. Very much millennial live, laugh, love energy. Every time the best friends spoke to one another made me cringe so hard. Why? Well, I couldn't help but feel that the book was massively misogynistic, slut shamy and fatphobic. The best friend is described as only caring about "fucking and food", she's described as mid to plus-sized BUT all the boys love her because her "boobs and ass jiggle". Yes, the only thing I know about this character is that she has big boobs. CRINGE!!! The end of the book had me rolling my eyes so hard. I won't be continuing this series and I was going to DNF several times. However, I believed these five-star reviews that promised the ending was incredible. That the romance was incredible. That this book was good. When you receive an ARC you are responsible to give a fair and honest review and I really feel like that was not honoured with this novel.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]

    ❌ I am automatically predisposed to disliking any titles which go 'A Court of Something and Something.' Everyone knows about Maas's series now, and even though I don't particularly like it, it deserves not to be dogged by ripoff titles designed to implement suggestions of the more popular cousin. ❌ I ADORE Kelly St Clare but the one time I tried Shannon Mayer, it was such a flop I didn't even bother reviewing it. Unfortunately, there appears to be more of the Mayer than the Clare - or at least, t ❌ I am automatically predisposed to disliking any titles which go 'A Court of Something and Something.' Everyone knows about Maas's series now, and even though I don't particularly like it, it deserves not to be dogged by ripoff titles designed to implement suggestions of the more popular cousin. ❌ I ADORE Kelly St Clare but the one time I tried Shannon Mayer, it was such a flop I didn't even bother reviewing it. Unfortunately, there appears to be more of the Mayer than the Clare - or at least, that's my assumption for why this book is mind-numbingly boring. It starts out with a bunch of fight scenes, yet they're so poorly described that I felt zero interest. ❌ Despite the passage of several chapters, the heroine was totally unable to impress upon me her name or character. I tried SO MANY TIMES to plod on with this book, but life's too short. Shame this one is a cowrite - I've often noticed that authors I like, e.g. Tate James, undergo mysterious transformations when they cowrite that results in unreadable books. Then again, I don't like Jane Washington or Jaymin Eve's individual books, but I ADORE Curse of the Gods, so it all evens out I suppose.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rhiannon Chillingworth

    4.5. I was lucky enough to receive a super early ARC for this series! I was incredibly excited, as Kelly St Clare's Blood Trials and Shifter Wars series were probably my favourite eeads of the last year or so. This book is very different from those two - seeing as it is a brand new series in a different genre and co-authored - but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. The book throws us straight I to the action with Kallik - our heroine - competing in a trial to become a Fae elite. As an orphan with no h 4.5. I was lucky enough to receive a super early ARC for this series! I was incredibly excited, as Kelly St Clare's Blood Trials and Shifter Wars series were probably my favourite eeads of the last year or so. This book is very different from those two - seeing as it is a brand new series in a different genre and co-authored - but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. The book throws us straight I to the action with Kallik - our heroine - competing in a trial to become a Fae elite. As an orphan with no house or family to claim her, this is her opportunity to carve out a life for herself that doesn't involve being at the bottom of the Fae hierarchy. We see instantly that Kallik is a talented and fierce warrior, with a decent streak. However, when she seems to inadvertently destroy Underhill - the source of the Fae magic - upon completing her trial, things pretty much fall apart for her from this point onwards. Kallik had all of the necessary prerequisites to he a likeable main character who I was behind pretty much all of the way. She's a tough and brave fighter, but not infallible. She's got a good heart, but she is capable of being ruthless and bloodthirsty when the situation calls for it. She has a slight martyr complex, but then so do most heroines, let's face it. We also have Cinth, her devoted best friend, who was a mice side character. I personally found her a little tropey in the best friend category, but it was a very minor niggle and she balances out Kallik well. Our main love interest is Faolan. These tow have history from childhood, but their association didn't end well. So when he pops up back in her life, it isn't without complications. We've got definite enemies to lovers vibes here, which just so happen to be my favourite. What interaction they have showed good chemistry, but I did find myself wishing there was just a few more scenes of them together. But leave them wanting more, right? By the end of the book I was happy where things were left with them, but this is drifnitely a romance to get behind. The pacing was good with a balance of action, world building and character and relationship development. For romance fans I would say this was a plot driven book with romance on the side, which is my personal preference, but I know tend to prefer the romance more central. In summary I would highly recommend this book. If you are fans of the novels of Holly Black or similar, or are just looking for a strong fantasy light read, with a dash of romance on the side, then I would recommend this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Haas

    Everything you want in a fantasy book! You know how some blurbs advertise and compare a book to Throne of Glass or any Sarah J Maas book? Well, this is one of those rare times when a book can actually come close to Throne of Glass! I loved this book! It has all the tropes that make a fantasy book amazing! - enemies to lovers - quest - MC hidden royal blood - funny best friend - sexy, mysterious, brooding male interest I was a little bummed when I noticed a love triangle starting🤮🤮🤮 but it seemed to s Everything you want in a fantasy book! You know how some blurbs advertise and compare a book to Throne of Glass or any Sarah J Maas book? Well, this is one of those rare times when a book can actually come close to Throne of Glass! I loved this book! It has all the tropes that make a fantasy book amazing! - enemies to lovers - quest - MC hidden royal blood - funny best friend - sexy, mysterious, brooding male interest I was a little bummed when I noticed a love triangle starting🤮🤮🤮 but it seemed to simmer out within two chapters so I won’t allow it to taint my opinion. I just pray to the book gods that it doesn’t try to reappear in the next book! 🙏🏼🤞🏼

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tracy D.

    "Each day that passed between me and what had happened in the final test was a good sign. A great sign. This was just a wave I had to ride. If only the wave didn’t feel like it was ready to crest and drown me." The thing about waves is there is never only one, and if you don't watch your back, you should prepare to get dragged! Pace: Steady and fast at times. I went through the first read so quick I had to get another read in to process all of the things. From the very beginning you are basically fo "Each day that passed between me and what had happened in the final test was a good sign. A great sign. This was just a wave I had to ride. If only the wave didn’t feel like it was ready to crest and drown me." The thing about waves is there is never only one, and if you don't watch your back, you should prepare to get dragged! Pace: Steady and fast at times. I went through the first read so quick I had to get another read in to process all of the things. From the very beginning you are basically forewarned that the MC will be put through the proverbial ringer. The authors did not disappoint. Betrayal, court drama, romantic angst, skin-of-your-teeth escapes, action, and a hint of mystery will keep you turning the pages through the day. Characters: Alli - I knew I would love the MC from the first page. Haha! She's crass, witty, and has good instincts. Hyacinth - the BFF we all wish we had. Faolan - the handsome, mysterious, and infuriating Unseelie guard Alli is in love with. I think the feelings are mutual, but politics makes things complicated. Also, so many characters that you would love to hate. Things get a bit dark by the end. Romance 🌶️🌶️ "Slow-burn" "enemies-to-lovers" romance. Protagonist is in love with someone she can't have while he (I think) pretends he doesn't want her for the same reason. The author's twist things up a bit to make us doubt right along with Alli, but I don't have any. Faolan is the one. Fight me. What I Loved • The banter is great. Made me LOL a lot. • Alli's weaknesses become her strengths out in the real world, and her discovery that sometimes what you thought you wanted out of life isn't what you needed. • There were thoughts about other books and mediums while reading. Some of those are The Shannara Chronicles (the show), the Witcher, and the Taryn Soul books by C.L. Wilson. What I didn't Love? ............! In Summary I'm looking forward to the next book!!!! 4.5⭐ *I received an ARC. Opinions are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    I’ve been a huge fan of Ms. Mayer for literally years, and before this book I hadn’t read one of Ms. St. Clare’s. That will be remedied as soon as possible. Getting back to this book, the reader is immediately thrown into the action with Alli in a trial to figure out where she is going to be in the fae society of which she’s only half…which is why she’s there in the first place. While this part of the book is slow, it definitely sets up the following drama that takes place throughout the book. W I’ve been a huge fan of Ms. Mayer for literally years, and before this book I hadn’t read one of Ms. St. Clare’s. That will be remedied as soon as possible. Getting back to this book, the reader is immediately thrown into the action with Alli in a trial to figure out where she is going to be in the fae society of which she’s only half…which is why she’s there in the first place. While this part of the book is slow, it definitely sets up the following drama that takes place throughout the book. What follows this beginning is a wild ride of finding yourself even when you family doesn’t claim you, defeating your enemies, and making allies with everything stacked again you. Cinth, Faolan, and Ruby are great characters in this ride, and I really had a craving for sweets after reading this because of Cinth. The end was not where I thought we were going to go and I’m interested in seeing how they are going to get out of this conundrum. An interesting take on the fae, and I can’t wait to see where the authors are taking us next. Highly recommend. I was provided a complimentary copy which I voluntarily reviewed.

  9. 4 out of 5

    spring ~♡

    This title is so Sarah J. Maas I can't- This title is so Sarah J. Maas I can't-

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carmen Irvine

    Who thought this title would be a good idea .....

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kass B

    I was lucky enough to score an ARC of this book - but all thoughts and opinions are my own. This is a spoiler free and honest review I knew from the moment I cracked the first page that I was onto something special. You know the type of writing I mean. Descriptive. Dramatic. Witty. Drops a dirty joke by paragraph three. Yep. I suspected I was in trouble. And I was. Husband, children and house left to organise themselves. Work forgotten (PRAYING my boss doesn’t find or follow me on goodreads) whi I was lucky enough to score an ARC of this book - but all thoughts and opinions are my own. This is a spoiler free and honest review I knew from the moment I cracked the first page that I was onto something special. You know the type of writing I mean. Descriptive. Dramatic. Witty. Drops a dirty joke by paragraph three. Yep. I suspected I was in trouble. And I was. Husband, children and house left to organise themselves. Work forgotten (PRAYING my boss doesn’t find or follow me on goodreads) while I languished in a world of fae drama and intrigue. Honestly- for lovers of grown up fairy tales - this is for you. Think Sarah J Maas or Audrey Grey but funnier. And If you’ve ever read and any of Kelly St Clare or Shannon Meyers other works you’ll love this just as much - promise! (and if you haven’t - you totally should!) The world building is wonderfully descriptive and original. A good mix of fantasy and reality. Our lead character has snark and humour and a punch of mystery. This combined with her brunette hair (love that she’s not blonde) and her ass kicking skills make her a truly enjoyable character. The guys are smexy (I call dibs on faobae) and the story is fast paced and all consuming. The last 50% felt like it disappeared in 10 minutes. Seriously seriously good. I’m desperate to get my hands on book 2. Will offer Tim tams in exchange. Maybe a magnum. Can’t recommend it highly enough.

  12. 4 out of 5

    keira

    this title burns my eyeballs but heck yeah i’m here for it

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shawna Mitchell

    *Spoiler free* A few chapters in and you can already tell things are going to get bumpy. When the fae are involved it is never a pretty affair. Alli is witty and quick on her feet. After a hard childhood, becoming an adult is not any easier. So of course she has learned to be adaptable and a survivor, and after the long years she better be. She has a lot of heart and never gives up. Clearly, she is also a sexy sandwich! Cinth is amazing and hilarious. The perfect sister of the heart! She is hilar *Spoiler free* A few chapters in and you can already tell things are going to get bumpy. When the fae are involved it is never a pretty affair. Alli is witty and quick on her feet. After a hard childhood, becoming an adult is not any easier. So of course she has learned to be adaptable and a survivor, and after the long years she better be. She has a lot of heart and never gives up. Clearly, she is also a sexy sandwich! Cinth is amazing and hilarious. The perfect sister of the heart! She is hilarious and just the right amount of sassy. There are several Easter eggs in there that made me giddy to see. Faolan is hard to pin down. I mean HELLO! Love or nah dude?!? If you like women who fight their way to strength, who don’t give up, and who strive to do what is right even when it isn’t easy, than this is a good book for you. The storyline is epic and the characters are well developed. Even the secondary characters feel real and pull emotion out of you. The romantic relationship is secondary but definitely there and the glimpses are (phew!) hot. I read this book as slow as possible, which was not slow at all since it was hard to put down. If you have read Shannon Mayer before, I felt like this was a mix between Lark, Rylee, and Phoenix! So yea, amazing! I absolutely cannot wait for the next book!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Katie S

    A Court of Honey and Ash is the first book in a new series by authors Kelly St Clare and Shannon Mayer . Although I am more familiar with Kelly’s works, I have read novels by both authors. After devouring this excellent first installment, I can say they knocked it out of the park! Both of these authors are perfectly balanced and represented throughout the book. The characters, dialogue and sass are classic St. Clare and Mayer styles. The other aspect of this series that drew me in was the mytholo A Court of Honey and Ash is the first book in a new series by authors Kelly St Clare and Shannon Mayer . Although I am more familiar with Kelly’s works, I have read novels by both authors. After devouring this excellent first installment, I can say they knocked it out of the park! Both of these authors are perfectly balanced and represented throughout the book. The characters, dialogue and sass are classic St. Clare and Mayer styles. The other aspect of this series that drew me in was the mythological and cultural aspect (proud nerd alert). You can tell how much research they put into weaving this story. The coolest part is that even though there’s obviously so much research, they wove it into a new realm and gave us main characters that I can easily get addicted to! Alli is a great heroine /female protagonist and I love how she takes no mercy yet has a huge heart . Without naming the hero/male protagonist, I will say that I love him and I hope I am right in guessing that they are the slow burn romantic aspect of this story. If so, this is going to get even more interesting and exciting ! The book ends on a slight cliffhanger and leaves you wanting the next installment - which reminds me, is it here yet ? There are several plot twists and you’re left with more questions that you’re dying to have answered as you wait for the second book! If you are a fan of mythology, slow burn romance, the world of Fae, and a healthy dose of sass, then this book is 100% for you.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Norma's Nook

    This book took off running from the start. The first chapter was action packed to the max, and everything following is what I love about low fantasy. Alli is brave, strong, with a touch of daddy issues and imposter syndrome that makes her relatable. She's an orphan half fae that has to prove her worth, and she does. Though she questions everyone and everything around her, it's needed for survival. I loved her snark, loyalty to those who have earned it, and her strength. Lan. The childhood crush. T This book took off running from the start. The first chapter was action packed to the max, and everything following is what I love about low fantasy. Alli is brave, strong, with a touch of daddy issues and imposter syndrome that makes her relatable. She's an orphan half fae that has to prove her worth, and she does. Though she questions everyone and everything around her, it's needed for survival. I loved her snark, loyalty to those who have earned it, and her strength. Lan. The childhood crush. The bad boy. Unseelie and everything she can't have, his brooding nature and emotionless demeanor just does all kinds of things to me. I gather he's not what he seems and I can't wait to dig into him and find all the secrets. Hyacinth is Alli's best friend. She's unwavering in her love and support. She gathers admirers like the queen she is, and she's an amazing cook and baker. She can be on my team anyday. There are a myriad of other characters I love. Each one is well flushed out, important, and I can see them becoming the found family Alli's always craved. The magic and plot of this book kept me on the edge of my seat. I yelled in anger, laughed, teared up, and cheered as I continued on this amazing ride. Old friends came to say hi, and the end left me wanting more. I'm excited to start this new fae journey, and I'm greatly anticipating what comes next. A brilliant start to a new, fantastic tale, and I couldn't put it down!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lauryn Bary

    Oh good gracious, I should have known better. This story was the kind that grabbed me so completely that I found myself anxiously watching the read percentage on my Kindle go up, knowing it was coming to an end and not able to stop reading because I wanted more. If you enjoy stories involving the fae, or spicy, strong heroines with daddy abandonment issues, or Alaska, this book is for you. All I knew when I picked it up was that it was set in Alaska, and written by two favorite authors. I didn't Oh good gracious, I should have known better. This story was the kind that grabbed me so completely that I found myself anxiously watching the read percentage on my Kindle go up, knowing it was coming to an end and not able to stop reading because I wanted more. If you enjoy stories involving the fae, or spicy, strong heroines with daddy abandonment issues, or Alaska, this book is for you. All I knew when I picked it up was that it was set in Alaska, and written by two favorite authors. I didn't particularly love fae-based stories, although I didn't avoid them, either (looking at you zombie books). I always enjoy bad a** female leads who know how to take care of themselves, no matter what the age of the character. So I thought to myself, "meh, why not try it out. Its something knew at least until Shannon's next Forty Proof book comes out." And then it was 4 a.m. and I was halfway through it and realizing I had to get up to adult in two hours. And pouting because all I wanted to do a as keep reading, responsibilities be damned! Oh, and Alli's best friend will make you hungry, be forewarned. And you might just see an old friend from another Shannon-verse, too.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I loved it! An epic start to a fresh new series! Wow! I love a strong female lead! (I'd call her something else but, censors *sigh*) This book starts off at the edge of your seat. A great writer can use words to build your right into the pages you are reading and this book has two of my favorite authors. I could see everything the main character Alli sees. I love this take on the Fae and legendary creatures. I'm invested now, I NEED to know what the characters are doing now that I've finished. If I loved it! An epic start to a fresh new series! Wow! I love a strong female lead! (I'd call her something else but, censors *sigh*) This book starts off at the edge of your seat. A great writer can use words to build your right into the pages you are reading and this book has two of my favorite authors. I could see everything the main character Alli sees. I love this take on the Fae and legendary creatures. I'm invested now, I NEED to know what the characters are doing now that I've finished. If you are reading this review, buy the book. If you like action, adventure, fantasy, and maybe a little romance, you won't be let down!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jessi

    I've read several books about Fae in my time but this approach took me by surprise! I was so enthralled while reading this book that I didn't get anything done! Totally worth it! Also, it made me hungry. I'm going to go make some kind of tart now... 🤷🏻‍♀️ P.s... I'm dying for the next book!! Ahhh!! P.s.s... if you're on a diet, do yourself a favor and have some healthy snacks around! I've read several books about Fae in my time but this approach took me by surprise! I was so enthralled while reading this book that I didn't get anything done! Totally worth it! Also, it made me hungry. I'm going to go make some kind of tart now... 🤷🏻‍♀️ P.s... I'm dying for the next book!! Ahhh!! P.s.s... if you're on a diet, do yourself a favor and have some healthy snacks around!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Villains Do It Better

    4.25 Stars This series is off to a great start for sure! It was action packed, mysterious, magical, and had a touch of romance with a hot unseelie fae. It was pretty much everything we can look forward to and more, but at the same time, it had a uniqueness to it which i thoroughly enjoyed. I'm a newbie to Shannon, and have read almost every book of Kelly's, and this definitely has a Kelly St Clare vibe to it, with a strong and resilient heroine on the run, but I'm surprised at how flawlessly cohes 4.25 Stars This series is off to a great start for sure! It was action packed, mysterious, magical, and had a touch of romance with a hot unseelie fae. It was pretty much everything we can look forward to and more, but at the same time, it had a uniqueness to it which i thoroughly enjoyed. I'm a newbie to Shannon, and have read almost every book of Kelly's, and this definitely has a Kelly St Clare vibe to it, with a strong and resilient heroine on the run, but I'm surprised at how flawlessly cohesive the writing was and I wasn't able to tell one author from another, which definitely puts Mayer on the top of my tbr now. Usually fae books are all fantasy with mates and romance and dresses and everyone looking God-sent, which, while it had some of that, it also put a spin on it and made certain aspects more mysterious. So it kept me guessing what may or may not happen up until the very last page, especially with the romance. It had great world-building and definitely enough action to keep the plot moving. The only reason for the 4 instead of 5 stars, is because at some points, the heroine did bother me a bit with how much she focused on her crush (not my favorite trope) and how much she focused on Cinth and men being obsessed with her. With her crush, I had hoped she would have been more resilient and stubborn with him, although I'm wondering if there will be more of an explanation later on. And with Cinth, the amount of times the heroine would mention men being obsessed with her and how extravagant her cleavage is basically, ended up being a bit repetitive. So I am hoping the next book cuts back on that a bit. Overall though, this was a very promising book and start to a series. I'm also super excited to see what happens next and finally be given some more explanations hopefully, especially after that crazy end. Looking forward to it for sure! *ARC Provided in Exchange for a Honest Review*

  20. 5 out of 5

    Paula Richard

    Let me begin with stating i did receive an ARC, but this is an honest review. The books does start off slow, but this is a theme with any of the opening books of a series written by Kelly St. Claire- but just push through. This opening scenes always help with character development so the reader has an understanding of why the character does certain things later in the book. From reading this first book, i know the series will only get better. I love that we get to “hear” the inter-monologue of t Let me begin with stating i did receive an ARC, but this is an honest review. The books does start off slow, but this is a theme with any of the opening books of a series written by Kelly St. Claire- but just push through. This opening scenes always help with character development so the reader has an understanding of why the character does certain things later in the book. From reading this first book, i know the series will only get better. I love that we get to “hear” the inter-monologue of the main character. They help connect the ideas of the past with the present and the future. I read some comments about the title, and after reading the book the title has to stay and this book is nothing like you have read before, which is refreshing. I cannot predict what is going to happen because this book resembles non that i have read before. If i had to use one word to summarize the book it is “survival”. It was what is the motivational factor for everyone in this book. Happy Reading!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Girlfred2

    The collaboration of these two authors is just perfect. An exciting and refreshingly different take on the popular fae stories it grabs your interest from page one. Kallik aka Alli the main character is strong and fierce despite the challenges she has faced since childhood The brooding Faolan brings an intriguing plot line to the story. Fans of Shannon mayer will have a few reference and hidden gems to look forward to. In character of both authors the ending will leave you trying to flip a few m The collaboration of these two authors is just perfect. An exciting and refreshingly different take on the popular fae stories it grabs your interest from page one. Kallik aka Alli the main character is strong and fierce despite the challenges she has faced since childhood The brooding Faolan brings an intriguing plot line to the story. Fans of Shannon mayer will have a few reference and hidden gems to look forward to. In character of both authors the ending will leave you trying to flip a few more pages and have your anxious for the next book. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC copy.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Celeste Coelho

    Soooooo sick of the A _____ of _____ and _____ title trend... every new title looks the same The book sounds interesting though!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jacquie Stolz

    What an amazing and wild ride Spoiler free review. If you enjoy fantasy series, with an amazing storyline, well developed characters and a unique world, then this is the book for you. The humans know about the fae and are living alongside thier communities. Alli is a strong woman, who doesn't let her orphaned, half breed bastard status stop her from having a caring heart. She has spent 8 years training to be part of the fae world. However, nothing goes as expected and she faces numerous challeng What an amazing and wild ride Spoiler free review. If you enjoy fantasy series, with an amazing storyline, well developed characters and a unique world, then this is the book for you. The humans know about the fae and are living alongside thier communities. Alli is a strong woman, who doesn't let her orphaned, half breed bastard status stop her from having a caring heart. She has spent 8 years training to be part of the fae world. However, nothing goes as expected and she faces numerous challenges, deception and more throughout the story. This story has a questionable oracle, an evil stepmother, a giant, an absolute amazing best friend, as well as a former crush from the wrong seelie court that pops up along the way. Alli may have passed training, but her true challenge has just begun. The ending is crazy, it makes you go wth? I definitely want to delve deeper into the story and see how things turn out. Very thankful this is a quick release series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Al *the semi serial series skipper*

    So I haven't been on GR as much as I used to lately and it can sort of show in my ratings. I usually sift through my friends TL on GR to find a book to read( I let them do all the work) but now I just pick whatever and since my resolution this year was not to buy any book more than $1.99 each more often than not the books I pick are usually on KU or Prime reading and I don't do my due diligence. The one thing I remember about the other book I have read from this author was that she strung me alon So I haven't been on GR as much as I used to lately and it can sort of show in my ratings. I usually sift through my friends TL on GR to find a book to read( I let them do all the work) but now I just pick whatever and since my resolution this year was not to buy any book more than $1.99 each more often than not the books I pick are usually on KU or Prime reading and I don't do my due diligence. The one thing I remember about the other book I have read from this author was that she strung me along for 3 books in a series and nothing was resolved in the end instead we were told to read a completely different series to follow the character's story. I gave up on that character because I wasn't about to put myself through that hassle. This book has that kind of energy. Underhill has been destroyed and the main character is blamed, she runs away hoping to fix it before she's hauled off to prison. That's were the story starts to get boring. The MMC is so lackluster I don't even know why he's there. I also hate when the characters develop their romantic interest off pages though saying "develop" is a stretch for this couple. There is no chemistry despite what the author tries to imply. The heroine has a crush on the guy but the guy hates her for whatever reason, I know they will give us a BS reason for his being an asshole in book 2 but having to read about the heroine lusting on someone that actively shows he dislikes her got too much, this is coming from me that like asshole heroes. One thing I absolutely hate is when the main character has a chance to resolve an issue and instead something happens which conveniently leads us to a cliffhanger then the next book the whole story continues again, wash, rinse and repeat. Some authors know how to do a cliffhanger, this author isn't one of them. I didn't like the whole modern vibe they had going on. Like another reviewer said it was very Paris Hiltonesque, I know that Underhill had tourists visiting but it was very cringe especially when her and Cinth were talking. This brings me to Cinth, she brought nothing to the table at all. The only thing I know about her is that she can cook and that she's so sexy everyone wants to bang her. She's oblivious to this, of course but we are nonetheless told how sexy she is every time she makes an appearance. I don't know if I will continue the series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer S

    I was lucky enough to score an ARC and I have to say, I absolutely loved this book. The female MC, Alli, is strong, independent, and driven. She has a goal for where she wants to end up in life and she’s not afraid to work her butt off for it. However, her plans and dreams go up in smoke when she’s set up to take the downfall for some pretty serious events. It’s a good thing she has a bestie, Cinth, to help her get through it all. I mean, who doesn’t want a bestie who just happens to make some o I was lucky enough to score an ARC and I have to say, I absolutely loved this book. The female MC, Alli, is strong, independent, and driven. She has a goal for where she wants to end up in life and she’s not afraid to work her butt off for it. However, her plans and dreams go up in smoke when she’s set up to take the downfall for some pretty serious events. It’s a good thing she has a bestie, Cinth, to help her get through it all. I mean, who doesn’t want a bestie who just happens to make some of the best food around? There’s also some help in the form of Drake, Ruby, and Faolan. Ruby is probably my favorite character in the story so far and I really hope to see more of him in future books. There’s just something about him that’s calming and trusting. And Faolan..... I’m still not really too sure of him yet. Hopefully next book will have some of the answers to my questions. I’m definitely looking forward to what’s next. Fae, adventure, romance, and mystery.... what’s not to love?

  26. 4 out of 5

    DEBORAH

    Many of the books with younger MC’s start with rigorous training and near fatal testings, only to have the MC win out against impossible odds. Some authors do not handle this well. Our authors, on the other hand, handled this scenario with aplomb. The MC did, in fact, win but when accepting her win, something occurs which throws her whole universe into chaos. This is a story told of Fae life in a fae world, blended with the human world by old treaties. Now the fae realm has disappeared. How our f Many of the books with younger MC’s start with rigorous training and near fatal testings, only to have the MC win out against impossible odds. Some authors do not handle this well. Our authors, on the other hand, handled this scenario with aplomb. The MC did, in fact, win but when accepting her win, something occurs which throws her whole universe into chaos. This is a story told of Fae life in a fae world, blended with the human world by old treaties. Now the fae realm has disappeared. How our fae are going to fix that is this story. Kallik, our MC, is 24 with 24 year old hormones and angst. She is an orphan with big daddy issues and not a lot of confidence in her magic. Her best friend, Hyacinth, is both loyal and a great baker, making this reader hungry by the descriptions of her creations. The subject of Kallik’s angst is Faolan, bound to the Unseelie court. Of course Kallik is bound to the Seelie court. Typical Romeo and Juliet issues abound. Supporting characters are beautifully drawn. World building and character development are very strong here. Both of the authors are very talented in that area in my opinion. One of them authored my very favorite series. I can’t recommend these ladies enough. I can’t wait to see how this series develops.

  27. 5 out of 5

    ♦♣ Queen of Faerie ♠♥

    A really enjoyable read! Sure, there were some ideas everyone knows: the in-love-with-an-ahole romance, the secret daughter of the king, and the running away and joining a rebel outcast group, but it was done well and the twists and turns were well delivered. Can't wait for book 2. → 4 stars A really enjoyable read! Sure, there were some ideas everyone knows: the in-love-with-an-ahole romance, the secret daughter of the king, and the running away and joining a rebel outcast group, but it was done well and the twists and turns were well delivered. Can't wait for book 2. → 4 stars

  28. 4 out of 5

    Christa

    Alli is a half human mutt, an orphan, a warrior, and an outcast. Premise - the fae are out of hiding after WW2 and the government has given them land in Alaska. The fae are ruled by the Seelie and Unseelie courts. Outcasts and orphans can train to fight in the Underhill to earn their place in society. Those that don’t pass training are sent to the Triangle. After Alli passes her training and swears her oath to the King of Seelie, the Underhill shatters and no one can enter. Without the connectio Alli is a half human mutt, an orphan, a warrior, and an outcast. Premise - the fae are out of hiding after WW2 and the government has given them land in Alaska. The fae are ruled by the Seelie and Unseelie courts. Outcasts and orphans can train to fight in the Underhill to earn their place in society. Those that don’t pass training are sent to the Triangle. After Alli passes her training and swears her oath to the King of Seelie, the Underhill shatters and no one can enter. Without the connection to the fae homeland, madness begins to spread. Alli is hunted by all sides to find out how she destroyed Underhill. She takes refuge in an unlikely place - the Alaska Triangle. Alli is a good main character. She pulls off tough and vulnerable very well. She runs off with her best friend Hyacinth. She is also being chased by her childhood crush, the Unseelie Faolan. I really liked Faolan. He was Ali’s childhood protector - albeit rather grudgingly. I also enjoyed the world building of fae hiding in the Alaskan Triangle - a real place known for its strange increase of missing persons. There’s a set up for a slow burn romance, which I really love in a fantasy. All in all, it’s a strong start to a promising series. I am looking forward to seeing what happens to Alli, Cinth, Lan, and the Underhill next. Really my only complaint is the title - a court of blank and blank is clearly going to resonate with fans of the a court of thorns and roses series - and other than having fae characters, this series is nothing like that. It may pull people in who really liked that series, but I feel like a lot of people might pass it up because they think it’s a knock off - and this series is pretty different. So if you saw the title and thought eh another knock off fated mates series, you may want to give it a try. If you’re wanting to start a fantasy series with an underdog main character and the hints of a slow burn romance- you may want to check this one out.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Erica Collins

    When I first heard that Kelly and Shannon were teaming up to write a series together I was extremely excited. I’m a long time fan of Kelly’s and even though I’ve only read one series of Shannon’s it was very well written and I have others of hers on my TBR. I knew this had great potential to be a fantastic series. This series starter did not disappoint. The world is very crafted and unique- the Fae are living out amongst the humans but also using their cities as tourist traps to help the human F When I first heard that Kelly and Shannon were teaming up to write a series together I was extremely excited. I’m a long time fan of Kelly’s and even though I’ve only read one series of Shannon’s it was very well written and I have others of hers on my TBR. I knew this had great potential to be a fantastic series. This series starter did not disappoint. The world is very crafted and unique- the Fae are living out amongst the humans but also using their cities as tourist traps to help the human Fae relationship. Can’t say I fault this logic. Ha! I absolutely adore that the FMC is middle twenties. (I think I’ve been wrapped up in too many high school settings lately.) Kallik has grown up as an orphan and seeks to find her place among the Fae. This has been her lifelong driving goal. However, things are not as they seem and just when her goal is within her grasp, everything shatters. Literally. Kallik finds not all is at it seems and the royals have secrets she must uncover if she hopes to find her happy ever after. The pacing was great. It started with action and grabbed me from chapter one. I am definitely anxious for book 2. My one hope to see in the next book is more info/description of how Fae magic works and the types their are (so far the most that was described is just that there are different colored Magics) - I’m thinking this will develop for us readers as Kallik discovers how her own magic works. If you love a well written and thought out plot, developed characters, and fantasy then this is a book for you.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Deanna Tyler

    Absolutely Fae-bulous! I want more, so much more! I knew combining two of my favorite authors was going to be good, but it's even better than I could've hoped for! :) Leave all your assumptions behind, because nothing is quite what it seems in this badass book! It has it all...kick-ass heroine, orphans, explosions, daddy issues, hilarious bestie, baked goods, brooding bad boy, a couple douche canoes...oh, and did I mention giants! I loved all of it and laughed so hard. Of course, now I'm craving ta Absolutely Fae-bulous! I want more, so much more! I knew combining two of my favorite authors was going to be good, but it's even better than I could've hoped for! :) Leave all your assumptions behind, because nothing is quite what it seems in this badass book! It has it all...kick-ass heroine, orphans, explosions, daddy issues, hilarious bestie, baked goods, brooding bad boy, a couple douche canoes...oh, and did I mention giants! I loved all of it and laughed so hard. Of course, now I'm craving tarts and tickles!! Just read it, you will not regret it. My only sadness is in having to wait for the next book. Pretty please let this be more than a trilogy! I need these characters in my life. Thank you, Shannon and Kelly!!!

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