A book with the Fae and the other creatures from the Irish mythology like the evil leprechauns, the Korrigan, the druids, the Queen, and mightiest amongst them, the Fae Darrig all hit my fantasy lore with the magic of a realm that can only happen in a dream but foretold with the twist of the tale.
Rebecca Kenney, in her book, Korrigan, started with straight with the story of Aislinn who was a girl in the night but a creature of the dark in the day, so had to be shut in the dungeon to prevent hurting others. On her seventeenth birthday, she was allowed to steal the life-thread from a human so that she could see the daylight and prevent the change. She met Zane, her human boyfriend and then the mightiest of them all, Fae Darrig. And life as she knew it changed with secrets and spells!!
The book was easy to read and the story understood from the first page – I liked that. Most Irish lore start with an abstract confusing beginning. Rebecca kept her main character quite straightforward to begin with, slowly developing over the pages, growing in strength both in her powers and understanding of the reality. She was a typical teenager wanting a normal life, yet a hybrid magical Korrigan wanting more powers. Zane was the human wannabe boyfriend did prove to be open-minded but slightly unbelievable in that he accepted all her reasons of magic just for love. Hmmm teenage love!!
The most interesting of them all was the Fae Darrig, he stole the show with his wickedness, yet showing those slivers of vulnerability that we women fall for. He was powerful, used his spells on Aislinn, yet wanted her to have a choice. He was attracted to her yet willing to wait till Zane was out of the picture or dead! I loved his characterization because he wasn’t the dark villain painted black but a grey one who was quicksilver in his moods and ways….
The book had its own niggles, the writing was a bit choppy but that can be attributed to the teenage main characters. The story of Aislinn did not incite my emotions, Aislinn was strong at times but not clever, too many of those human teenage hormones. So I didn’t feel connected to her but I was curious about the story to plod on.
But overall a good story with creatures and magic and Gaelic spells. I read the book in 3 hours and enjoyed my Saturday morning. Rebecca is one talented author who could spin her own magic using the Irish folklore and mythology bringing about a tale which makes you curious to know where she takes Aislinn in the next book, Druid!!
I received an ARC from the author, but I bought the book from Amazon, and this is my honest, straight from the heart opinion
Rebecca F. Kenney is a novelist and professional freelance writer living in Greenville, South Carolina. She loves stories in any form and will consume books, movies, music and TV voraciously whenever her two small, adorable children give her the chance. Her handsome, blue-eyed, 6’4″ husband is the inspiration behind all the romance in her stories.
A girl at night, a caged monster during the day. Aislinn has lived in darkness as long as she can remember. She is Korrigan— and only by Life-Stealing (taking days from other humans and Fae) can she keep her human shape from dawn to dusk.
When she finally steps into the sunlight, the first person she sees is Zane. He’s everything she wants— handsome, sweet, and normal. But an encounter with the Far Darrig, the malevolent trickster of Old Irish myth, changes Aislinn’s future. He opens a new realm of possibilities that are anything but normal— and with them, brings dreams and desires as dangerous as he is.
Above all, Aislinn craves choice— the right to decide her own path. But what if gaining power for herself means giving up something much more precious?
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