Dark Fantasy Paranormal Romance
by Emigh Cannaday (Author), Fiona Jayde (Illustrator)
I am a BIG fan of vampires and werewolves and other dark creatures. I don’t usually go for fantasy—pixies and gnomes are just not my thing. HOWEVER, I was given the opportunity to read Flame & Arrow and since I didn’t have too much else in my queue, I thought, “why not”. So glad I took the chance.
Inside this book, you the reader will be introduced to Elves, Wood Nymphs, Trolls, Fairies and many more—INCLUDING VAMPIRES! The story takes place in a world parallel to our own where the main character, Annika (a plain old human from earth), gets trapped on the wrong side of the world-to-world portal, falls in love with an elf and takes part in a good old-fashioned war between the species. It’s a great story with lots of twists and turns. It kept my attention from the first page to the last. And I never once missed my werewolves!
I only had a few SMALL criticisms…if you want to call them that.
- In the very beginning of the story, Annika comes into contact with a group of wood nymphs and our hero Talvi, an Elf as they are visiting our world. They mistake Annika for another nymph, Magda. Magda is mentioned a lot throughout the story. However, UNLESS I MISSED SOMETHING, she’s never really explained… She seemed important, but wasn’t (?).
I’m hoping the author will answer this question in the next book(s). (Although, I DO have a theory of my own about her! And I sooo hope I’m right!)
- I also had a small problem with the story when the trolls were introduced. They were described as being 11 ft tall—huge, ugly TROLLS. Yet, the core group of normal people-sized elves, fairies and humans spent days and days at the troll homestead, babysitting the troll kids, cleaning the troll house and repairing troll furniture; you’d think it would be difficult with the size discrepancy to do those things…especially toting around the “little” baby troll. There has to have been a size discrepancy. Right? Also, I have to ask: the whole troll storyline was about helping out Mama troll by cleaning up her house and teaching her kids to be more mannerly and clean. Haven’t we learned from Shrek that trolls don’t like to be clean and mannerly?
Honestly, these issues are probably just me being my normal OCD self. Might not bother anyone else. lol
- Lastly, the pacing, for me, seemed a little slow; sometimes. There were a few times when I thought, “okay, okay…let’s get moving.” (The whole troll storyline for example.) Not so much that I ever felt the need to stop reading, though.
Honestly, I would have liked to have seen less of the Maranossian household day-to-day (and certainly less of the trolls) and more of the climactic battle scene. There was a lot of build up with (in my opinion) too little pay-off.
Can I really say these problems did anything to ruin the overall story for me? No, not really. It’s a great story. I’m planning on reading the second book in the series as soon as I finish writing this review. So, that should tell you that the author Emigh Cannaday has a new fan in me.
I would recommend this book to anyone who really likes fantasy stories.