Covenant of Thorns #1
Carina Press, July 2012
Obtained via: publisher
ISBN: 1426894066 (ISBN13: 9781426894060)
Dr. Jennifer McGee has been waking from strange dreams involving a black dog. She is tired and bored to death with her life, her job and her fiancé. One night she drives off from all three, drawn to an Inn where she ends up passing into the world of the Fae. There her life is saved by the sexy and mysterious Lord Rogue only to find that she now owes him for that boon. He wants her first born child. But can she afford to pay? Does she want to?
The world building was wonderful. Fairytale creatures come to life, magic is real for an elite group of citizens and wishing something can make it so. Humans are second class citizens here and magic wielders have all the power.
Jeffe Kennedy’s unique writing style is perfect for the world of fantasy. He manages to build a world both magical and somewhat frightening. The people there are so very alien while also hauntingly familiar. The effect is something of an Alice in Wonderland feel to the story. Just as Jennifer/Gwynne wonders what has happened to her, how she got there and what exactly her feelings are for Rogue, readers will constantly wonder if this all going to end up as a bad/strange/erotic dream that our heroine would eventually wake up from (and perhaps then meet Rogue in her world?). Or maybe we will find that she has died and this is her afterlife. That would be a cool twist, right? That sense of confusion that follows throughout the storyline and beyond is what earned the fourth star from this reader. What a great way to leave readers wanting more.
Of course, we will have to wait for the next book in Kennedy’s Covenant of Thorns series to see if the sudden HEA ending was intentional or just plain out of left field.
Reviewed by T. Barringer
"This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book."