Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Review: Aftershock (Rise of the Unseelie #1) by S.A. Archer and S. Ravynheart

Synopsis (Goodreads):
The day the Mounds collapsed Jhaer, leader of the Unseelie Elite, sacrificed his strength, his magic, and his very life to save his world.

It wasn’t enough.

He thought that was the end of his story… Instead it is the beginning.
My Thoughts:  Mirroring the opening events in End of the World but told from the perspective of Jhaer, this story follows the Unseelie leader as he attempts to give his people a place in the world of the mortals and save them from fading away. Interestingly enough, his actions are very similar to Lugh's, just above rather than in the world below. It always intrigues me when opposites side parallel one another.

The Unseelie court has always been of particular fascination for me. Generally speaking, they aren't bad guys but they are often times more ruthless in their actions than those of the Seelie court. Jhaer, who changes his name to Donovan to blend in with the humans better, has no issue with killing those that get in his way. That said, he does it to protect his people. I respect that. He kills so that his people will have a chance to thrive without the constant threat of annihilation hanging over their heads.

The length of the story doesn't take away from the character development and the world continues to expand in leaps and bounds. Lovely, evocative writing brings Jhaer's vision to life and makes me like the darkness of the Unseelie even more.

Suggested story reading order:
End of the World (Champions of the Sidhe #1)
Aftershock (Rise of the Unseelie #1)
Cursed (Touched #1)
Champion of the Fey (Champions of the Sidhe #2)
Addicted (Touched #2)
Scars of Silver (Rise of the Unseelie #2)

More books by S.A. Archer
More books by S. Rayvnheart

Reading challenges: Ebook Challenge
Aftershock was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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