Title: Bound by Faerie
Author: WB McKay
Series: Stolen Magic, book#1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: August 19, 2016 by McKay Manor Publishing
Sophie Morrigan inherited many magical gifts from her death goddess mother. Most of them inflict torture, except the most beautiful. That one kills.
As an agent for the Faerie Affairs Bureau, Sophie loves retrieving dangerous magical objects. The job lets her indulge her covetous nature, and most importantly, it pays the bills. But when a routine job goes south, she finds herself struggling to keep her deadly magic in check while fleeing the wrath of an enraged dragon.
In a desperate search for answers, Sophie stumbles across Owen, a fae nightclub owner who’s as sexy as he is irritating, but just happens to hold the key to her problems.
Sophie wants nothing more than to get her magic under control and return to her normal life, but first she’ll have to face off with all the dangers Faerie can throw at her. Can she fight her way back home? Or will both she and Owen fall prey to a crazed death cult?
*I would like to thank the authors for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.*
It’s been a while since I’ve read an urban fantasy, or a book featuring the fae. Therefore, I knew I had to give this a try when I saw this story’s synopsis. Now that I have, it’s reminded me why I love fae stories so much.
The heroine of this novel was Sophie. As a daughter of the goddess Morrigan, she was able to shift into a crow, as well as do some other things. Those other things included killing people, which Sophie was very opposed to doing. I found that I liked Sophie. She was essentially a good person, though covetous of pretty things by nature. I wish there had been more of a backstory about Sophie’s childhood or something, as I never got really attached to her character. I wanted her to be successful, but I never loved her.
As Sophie was a pretty solitary woman, there weren’t too many side characters in this novel. I liked the ones we got to know, though. There was Phoebe, Sophie’s friend and dryad roommate. I liked how protective Phoebe was of Sophie, and wish we had gotten to spend more time with her. Next, there was Ava, who was an interesting associate/friend to Sophie. I think with some of the revelations that we got in this book, Ava will be an interesting character to learn more about. Finally, there was Owen. Owen was a dragon who Sophie met when attempting to steal a book about the Morrigan from his library. I loved the chemistry between these two. I thought he and Sophie made for a great pair.
The plot of the novel involved Sophie becoming enchanted by a necklace she was attempting to procure for her job, and she and Owen had to venture into Faerie to try and get it off of her. Also, Sophie was learning more about her powers, so that was an interesting element. There was also the romance between Sophie and Owen, Sophie learning more about her mother, and the whole road trip aspect as she and Owen traveled through Faerie. I liked how the pace of the story was quick, and found it to be an easy and interesting read overall.
In the end, I enjoyed myself while reading this story. I think the characters could have been expanded upon a bit more, but there will be more books in the series. I really liked this version of Faerie, with all its interesting landscapes and creatures. I’m intrigued to see what happens next.
WB McKay is the pen name of married authors Robert and Faith McKay. Their love of stories brought them together, and they’ve been writing at each other’s side ever since. WB McKay marks the beginning of their true collaboration. They sat down and asked themselves what they couldn’t get enough of. The answer was simple. They loved urban fantasy set in a massive universe with room for every creature they could imagine. Throw in a gutsy female lead, a dash of humor, a pinch of romance, and they would eat it up and ask for thirds.
With that recipe in mind, they created a universe based around the vibrant and enchantingly dark lives of the fae. They invite you to explore their world in Bound by Faerie, the first of their magical adventures.