Allene Whelan is scavenging through the ruins of post-apocalypse Oregon when she finds a strange tarot card, the Knave of Blades.
Touching it awakens her magic — the power of the sylph, a rare and deadly seelie sidhe who can defeat any other of her kind. Her pollen is intoxicating. Her magic is irresistible.
And she’s suddenly at the center of the Autumn Court’s war against the rebellious True Kingdom.
She’s the only person who might be able to defeat Macsen, the prophesied Fenrir who will one day grow big enough to devour the world. But first she needs to make herself strong enough to face him, and that means collecting power as only a sylph can. Joining the Raven Knights means committing more than her life to defeating the True Kingdom.
She’s committing her soul… and her body.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Title: Knave of Blades
Series: The Raven Knights #1
Authors: SM Reine + Rory Hume
Source: SM Reine
I’ve been a long-time fan of SM Reine ever since she wrote about a poor girl at a summer camp. I haven’t read all her series in the Descentverse (appropriately dubbed after the first series that started it all) but this is the first one that actually promises a harem for the heroine. I love me some RH (reverse harem, but in this case, their relationship will be more polyamorous) and Reine and just the thought of them together makes me wanna die and live at the same time.
Allene, Leander and Keane were interesting people. The others mentioned must be from other series, and I’m curious about them enough to go read them next, but some (maybe?) new ones like the Fenrir apparently prophesied to devour the world is also pretty yummy. Just the thought of someone actually writing Fenrir’s destiny is ridiculously exciting. Reading and knowing that Allene will have something to do with him goes beyond what I expected.
This was a good mix of sexual excitement, fantastical wonder, and otherworldly suspense. It’s never gonna get old, you know? The whole constant introduction to the apparent Fae Courts now existing in our world after Genesis happened. If you don’t know, the world experienced the Breaking for a few years before Genesis occurred. Demons came into our lives and truly brought hell on earth before the universe decided to remake everything. Many people died. And many people came back. Majority of the witches and werewolves, for example, came back as sidhe (but don’t call them fairies to their face). Allene was a human who survived through it all, but one tarot card suspiciously left under the seat of a burnt van changed everything for her.
I loved her character. She’s floral and pretty and a rainbow and basically everything I’d want to bask in. She was pretty straight-forward, but Reine’s writing is a lot like that, so in a weird way, everything was fast, but it was good. It’s always hard describing this author’s work because in almost every book I’ve read of hers, every story is quick and a lot happens, and I’m never not satisfied. There’s no need for chapters to be dedicated to a character for me to like them. With her, it’s instant, and it’s a really weird feeling as a reader. I usually judge books on how much time they give the reader and character, but with her, it just seems so easy. It’s almost like she sprinkles a bit of her soul in it so that when you’re meeting these new people, it’s as simple as saying “Hi”, and then boom, you’ve got a friend, and you have no idea how it happened but you’re happy it did. With Leander, he was easy to love because he had all these different mindsets that you wouldn’t immediately get until he opened his mouth, and then it was like the clouds parting and you can’t help but sympathize and wonder how it never occurred to you to feel the same. Keane was an enigma, but still a good support. This installment obviously introduced a lot of the “future permanent” guys but it heavily centered around Leander.
And Jesus. The way these guys were introduced! My favorite part about all this is the fact that Allene and the others could get so heated, that I’d feel it through the pages. Their first meeting after she turns into a sidhe was amazingly hot. There are no words to describe it other than-
I’m just lucky to have found an author whose work I immediately click with. She’s someone I’ll always recommend, especially if you love Urban Fantasy and Paranormal genres.
Now she wrote this with someone called Rory Hume. I’m not sure what they did and what she did, but I’m totally loving the duo. I loved that a character was brought up with the pronouns ‘they/them’. It’s not something you see all the time and I’m always happy when I see a bit of what makes the authors individuals. If I ever see Rory pop up on Amazon I just may have to check them out.
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P.S. – I tagged this as LGBT because of the men who were in a relationship and the woman who had clear interest in Allene, but I’m going to be clear: this didn’t come off as a book solely meant to scream “LGBT!”, which is why I did not add this tag in the genre info at the beginning of the post. All you need to know as a general human being is that this is a paranormal romance book.
Even books that aren’t in the romance genre will have some romance in them. It doesn’t make it a romance novel. It’s natural to have a bit of everything and still only concentrate on one or two things. So I don’t think you need to know beforehand that it’s got ‘LGBT’ in it, because it’s not about that, it’s about so much more, and it really bothers me when some readers feel they need to know what exactly is in here in case it goes against their beliefs or what they enjoy. But I also know it’s necessary.
So this is the warning, at the end of my post.
If you can’t stand the thought of guys kissing or fucking or you think it “ruins the mood” or “makes them less male”, then do not read this. It is obviously not for you, and I will sleep better at night knowing my sweet dangerous men are not being judged by someone who desperately needs boundaries.
You have a blessed day, now.