The Flame and the Arrow: The Annika Brisby Series Book 1

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Name: The Flame and the Arrow

Author: Emigh Cannaday

Published: November 11, 2010 by Silver Poplar Press

Purchased: June 7, 2016, free on Kindle.

☆☆☆☆☆/5

Blurb: “Don’t do it, Annika,” he taunted. His eyes were no longer bright and charming but dark and intense, yet they still twinkled. He was tempting, but was he harmful?

Aspiring rock star Annika Brisby thinks she knows where her life is going until she steps through a broken portal that leaves her stranded in a realm of fairies, vampires, and other mythical beings. Unable to return until it’s repaired, she’s rescued by wood nymphs who believe her sudden arrival is no accident. After being taken in by a prominent family of elves, Annika finds herself struggling to resist the seductive spell of their youngest son, Talvi. Equal parts arrogant and alluring, the notorious heartbreaker seems like the perfect distraction for her homesickness. Her new friends warn her that she’ll probably regret ever laying eyes on him, and what begins as a casual fling quickly burns too hot to handle. By the time Annika learns the consequences of their forbidden trysts, Talvi’s already under her skin and dangerously close to her heart. But on the journey home she discovers that there’s a mountain of secrets that he’s not telling her, and Annika can’t help wondering who’s really in danger.

* Previously titled Balkan Magic, The Misadventures of Annika Brisby

Review: I really had fun with this book, especially when they start their journey. I know I’ve said that some of the books I’ve read have a D&D feel to them but this one takes the cake so far. It actually has elves, wood nymphs, druids and a paladin.

While it was so magical and other worldly, I think the author did a fantastic job of keeping the characters relatable, I felt such a great connection with Annika and Talvi. Sometimes I just wanted to smack some sense into the both of them, they are so stubborn.

I don’t even recall any boring spots, the pace was really good and the plot was engaging. I grew so attached to the characters that even though I had a good idea about what would happen at the end, I still squealed and clapped, this book is just that good.

There’s so much! Reading this, I felt like there was a lot that happened there was but I didn’t feel overwhelmed at all, though sometimes it felt like lifetimes had passed.

One thing that I didn’t like was when they spoke in a different language. I really would rather have the translation there in the story so I can keep reading instead of stopping and messing up my reading groove to go and translate. Or have a glossary in the back.

The cover is beautiful and the story kept this reader thinking about it and going back for more. If you enjoy full fantasy with a female MC who has attitude, this is the story for you.

Thank you for reading my review.

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