Dark Dreams: Fall of the Fair Isle, Book 2

Dark DreamsAuthor: Rowena Cory Daniells
Book Name: Dark Dreams
Series: Fall of the Fair Isle
Order: #2
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
Rating:  Okay


Blurb:  Fair Isle was once legendary among the lands, a place of wealth, elegance and culture. Now it lies blackened and despoiled, its barbarian Ghebite conquerors trampling places that, for centuries, had known only peace and beauty.

Imoshen, one of the last of the T’En—legendary for their magical powers and their ethereal grace—carries the Ghebite General Tulkhan’s child, but she must still battle to defend both her position in his new kingdom and her people’s lives and futures. Tulkhan himself, bewitched both by her fierceness and her country’s ancient heritage, fears and resents her even as he grows to love her.

And something else threatens Imoshen’s safety in this new world. For there is one other living T’En—Reothe, a prince of her people, and once her betrothed—who means to reclaim his country and his throne once more; and Imoshen besides…

Review:  The annoying parts of book one managed to continue into book two, only they were worse in that they were still going on.

This isn’t so much an epic fantasy series as it is several books about a love triangle that repeatedly yo-yos back and forth with the trust between Imoshen and Tulkhan and then Imoshen and Reothe.  It wore out its interest level in the first book and was just too much in this one.

I think I’m going to have to be pretty bored to pick up the third and final book in this series because I’ve gotten to the point where I just don’t care what happens to any of the characters.


Broken Vows: Fall of the Fair Isle, Book 1

Broken VowsAuthor: Rowena Cory Daniells
Book Name: Broken Vows
Series: Fall of the Fair Isle
Order: #1
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
Rating:  Really Good


Blurb:  It has been six hundred years since Imoshen the First, Causare of the T’En, brought her beleaguered people across the seas to Fair Isle. The magical folk mixed with the natives, bringing culture and sophistication, and made the island one of the wealthiest, most powerful nations in the known world.

In one night, all is lost. Imoshen, namesake of the first Empress, is the last pure-blooded T’En woman, left behind when her kinfolk went to die in defense of their homeland. The savage Ghebites, barbarians from the warm north, have conquered Fair Isle, and their general, Tulkhan, claims her as his right of conquest.

Proud and fierce, trained in arts of war and possessed of extraordinary healing gifts, Imoshen must choose to submit to the barbarian soldier and save her people’s heritage…or to die in a futile gesture of defiance.

Review:  As a first book in a new series and author for me, this was really good.

The cultures of both the Ghebites and the T’En are very different from each other but incredibly interesting.  It is easy to get caught up in the difficulties that arise in trying to force these two cultures together in any meaningful way.

This was a tad bit on the slow side at times waiting for either some action or resolution or progress to speed things up a little bit.  Part of that is just because we have so much to learn about the world and the characters and what is going on as the story drops you in right at the point where one culture has just conquered the other one.

I was also a little frustrated by the back and forth on the two main characters and their view towards each other.  It is understandable with the position they are both in, but that is a tension building technique that can get old if overused.  This comes close.  I still really enjoyed the story overall and will be grabbing the next one soon.