A Tangled Web We Weave
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Book Length (Est.): 530 Pages
A secret power. The revival of magic. An ancient evil stirs.
Twenty-year-old university dropout Cassie Rogan has returned to her small British Columbia home. Tortured by an accident that killed her parents, she drifts, failing life at every turn. When an impossibly localized lightning storm hits the surrounding forest, Cassie discovers her supernatural side.
After centuries of atrophy, the forces of magic are flowing back into our world, and Cassie can wield arcane powers. Her life seems destined to turn around, until the downside of magic brings everything to a screeching halt. Horrifying mythical beasts now prowl the northern wilderness—including the Basilisk—an enormous eight-legged lizard that can turn its prey to stone.
Recruited by a secretive agency, Cassie must quickly master her powers to protect mankind. As she develops her skills, a dark power secretly watches from the shadows. The Fae Seelie (a.k.a. the Dark Elves)—humanity’s ancient enemy—have returned to settle the score.
Starlight is the first book in the Dark Elf War series, an epic urban fantasy and coming of age series that features fast-paced action, mysterious creatures, careful world-building, and breathless pacing. Author William Stacey is a 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist.
*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Starlight begins with several individual stories, all separate characters, that will later intertwine. It was a little slow of a start, and I wasn’t entirely sure if I was going to like it, but it was definitely worth getting to know the characters in order to fully enjoy the storyline.
Alex is one hell of a soldier. He’s a leave no man behind kind of man. He knows right from wrong and he’ll do what’s needed to protect everyone.
Cassie is emotionally lost and doesn’t even know where to go to begin to find herself, but she’s stronger than she looks. She has a heart of gold and will do the right things no matter how hard it is.
Elizabeth is pretty much a religious freak. Everything is a gift from God and should be treated as such. She’s very passionate about her faith and extremely vocal to those who don’t agree.
There are also several other military men who you’ll either love or hate, there’s no in between. And that’s just the humans. There’s also an entire world filled with determined Fae Seelie and creatures from legends long past. It’s the perfect blend of the world we know now and the world stories once spoke about.
The characters are all completely unique and each one adds their own element to enhance the story.
My Favorite Moment: I love how the different personalities sometimes play off one another.
“Consider yourselves in full battle rattle, ladies. Absolutely bad-ass.”
“I feel like a turtle,” Cassie said.
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