Shadow Play by Jill Ramsower
(The Fae Games #1)
Kindle Edition, 361 pages
Published June 23rd 2018
~Rating: 4/5 stars~
They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger—if that’s the case, I better be badass by the time this is over.
After two years at a dead-end job, Rebecca Peterson finally walks away from everything she knows to follow her dreams in Ireland. Instead of dreams, the dreary streets of Belfast rekindle her terrifying nightmares, and this time they aren’t confined to her imagination. Twisted and vicious, Faeries are being unleashed on Earth to prey upon humans, who are unaware of the vile creatures walking among them. Becca must stay alive long enough to learn why she can see what others can’t, and even more importantly, discover how to keep the Fae from destroying life on Earth.
Delving into the underbelly of the city, Becca discovers that she is not entirely alone in her abilities; however, centuries of secrecy makes gathering information a challenge. When Becca crosses paths with two mysterious strangers, her life is only complicated further. The gorgeous but brooding Lochlan demands complete honesty but refuses to provide any answers of his own. On the other hand, Ronan is enigmatic and charming, and with his sights set on making Becca his, he offers more help than most. But Becca quickly learns that trusting others is difficult when you have secrets of your own. Sometimes, the enemy is within….
Warning: This is NOT a Young Adult book! It contains graphic violence and scenes with adult sexual situations. Shadow Play is the first book in a duet and it is highly recommended that both books are read in the proper order as the duet is one story.
“Don’t be afraid of the unknown merely because it’s unknown. I have no doubt your strengths will see you through this.”
Oh my god. This was perfect. The perfect faerie book, I’ve never really liked faerie books/never really gotten into them but this series has blown my mind! Such a unique series, I recommend reading it.
Rebecca, or Becca has been a waitress for two years, and after an exhausting night slugging away table after table, so she decides that she can do better, I mean she has a degree so why not?! So she leaves her 2 week notice and quits, and like the next day she ends up landing her dream job at a museum in Belfast, Ireland.
‘A life lived in fear is a life half lived.’
After moving to Ireland, Rebecca steps off the plane, immediately, starts encountering strange men and even more surprisingly, strange creatures, and comes face to face with her living nightmares rather than her dreams.
She is thrown into the world of Fae, meeting people who tell her strange, wondrous, and sometimes conflicting things. Rebecca realizes that all her answers are either held by Lochlan, an utterly gorgeous but rude, she wants him to give her answers and demands complete honesty, yet he doesn’t, and Ronan, charming but mysterious, more willing to give up information, but not entirely trustworthy. Honestly, when we first meet Ronan at the museum he gave off a weird vibe. I’m not going to give too much away, you NEED to read this book, because there are soo many things you won’t expect. BUT who will Rebecca trust when her life depends on it? – though, I just realized I have shared a quote that will clearly tell you… oops.. not going to tell you where to find it….
“Crawling around on the table was a tiny man gathering crumbs. He was about six inches tall, if he were to stand up. He had greenish skin with brown hair and appeared similar to a doll-sized human wearing little scraps of clothing. Sensing he had an audience, the little man also froze. His already large eyes opened even farther as we held each other’s stare and time seemed to stand still. The moment ended in an instant when the man vanished, like a bubble that burst, he was just gone.”
This is the kind of book that sticks with you days after you’ve read it. It has romance, action, faeries, folklore… did I mention romance?
I loved the the fairy tale/folklore concepts that are twisted into this novel and the mixture of Arthurian legends, it’s not often that different myths are combined and done well. I loved we get to learn about the fae alongside Rebecca, which makes the world the author created feel really realistic. Honestly the story falls together really neatly, the plot was interesting, and the world building equally as intriguing.
The cliffhanger ending though!!! :c
Jill’s a Texan, born and raised. She manages the hectic social calendars for her three active children and occasionally spends an evening with her dashing husband. Aside from being an author and a mom, she’s an attorney, travel junkie, and voracious reader.