Monday, April 8, 2013

Dark Waters - (The Water Lands Book 1) by Liia Ann White

Buy Links: Evernight Publishing | Amazon | ARe

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Randor is a Fae assassin. As the most feared military officer in the Faery Realm, he only got out by striking a deal with the late King to become an assassin for hire. Something he was only able to do because of his place as adopted family member. When he’s ordered to kidnap the Unseelie Faery Princess and deliver her to the Seelie Queen, he doesn’t think twice, until he sees his target. Adora. Unseelie Princess. Most beautiful being in existence and feared witch warrior and his soul mate. Disobeying orders is something he’s never done before. But when he brings her into the Human Realm; his home, he has no regrets. Until his Elvish friend, Kiel, disapproves and an unexpected attack raises questions about his loyalties. The only way that could have happened was if Kiel tipped off the Queen's witch, Maleficent.

Adora was fearless, powerful and intensely unhappy. Until she was kidnapped by a mysterious stranger, who happens to be her half human, half Seelie soul mate. After being attacked, Adora, fearing she'd lose Randor, admits her feelings for her soul mate. The two of them just need to find a way they can survive together - away from the feuding kingdoms. Entering the Seelie castle, under a pretense of needing the witch's help to bind Adora's immense power, they ask for Maleficent, whom they plan to eliminate so she can no longer track them.

When all hell breaks loose, they're involved in a fight including the witch, Kiel and the Queen. A fight that not all of them will survive.

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In Dark Waters, a novella length paranormal/fantasy romance we are introduced to Liia Ann White's world of the Fae, Adora the only child of the King of the Seelie fae is less than happy with her life as a princess so she works hard with the army as a healer. Randor is the best assassin the Unseelie fae have and has been granted a boon to live in the human realm and not fight with the army as long as he continues to take special assignments, the latest kidnap Princess Adora and bring her to the Unseeelie Queen.

I love a good kick butt heroine and Adora is one, she trains like a warrior and isn't afraid to stand up for herself. Randor has to grow on you a bit more but overall is a good hero for the story. Because this is a novella length book you want to go into it with a passing idea of the whole fae Seelie/Unseelie concept. Fae having soulmates was something I believe is a part of Ms. White's world and not part of the mythology of the fae, however it is a fun twist and works well in this story.

We do have a good share of steamy scenes and even a small battle to give some action to the story, this is the begining of a series and I will be on the look out for the books that follow to continue what will happen in the Water Lands.

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As the most successful faery assassin in the realm, Randor wasn’t surprised when the Unseelie queen ordered him to kidnap a member of the Seelie royal family. The two kingdoms had been at war for over ten decades. It began because of a simple territory dispute. Now, each just wanted to one up the other.

He left the Unseelie army to stay out of the fight he deemed “ridiculous and unnecessary.” Unfortunately he was labelled as a traitor after that. He struck a deal with the late Unseelie king to leave the faery realm so he could lead an anonymous life. The one condition was that he work as an assassin. After all, he’d been the most successful officer in the Unseelie army, rising to the highest ranks before his fortieth year, a feat that took most eighty-plus years to accomplish.

Very little surprised him anymore. He’d always thought he was immune to the emotion—until he saw his target.

Princess Adora. She was officially the most beautiful creature he’d ever seen. Long, wavy blonde hair touched the small of her back and was highlighted with every imaginable colour. Her tall, curvy body was covered in a tight top, pants, and boots. She dressed like a warrior rather than royalty. For the first time in his life, he hesitated to approach a target. In two silent steps, he stood behind her, alert and ready. The moment he called for the air, the ability he used to knock out his victims, a wave of power washed over him. With wide eyes, he regarded the princess and reached for his sword.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Liia Ann White is an Australian author, hailing from Perth, WA.

She spent her childhood daydreaming about far off lands, creating her own unique characters, reading books about witches, faeries, demons, ghosts and a host of supernatural creatures. Eventually, she gained the courage to put her imagination to work.

A self-proclaimed geek, Liia collects Disney and Star Wars memorabilia and loves all things nerdy.

A vegan animal lover, she wishes to one day have her own rescue shelter for unwanted and 'unadoptable' animals. When not writing, she can be found reading or spending time with her dogs.

Liia is a member of Romance Writers of America, Romance Writers of Australia, Passionate Ink, Futuristic, Fantasy & Paranormal Chapter of RWA and Young Adult Chapter of Romance Writers of America as well as being the webmistress for YARWA.
Always interested in meeting new people, Liia can be found on facebook or twitter almost constantly.


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  1. I love that she is tough eventhough she is also a princess, gotta love the girl power

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  2. Love fantasy romance! Enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks for sharing your review! I mean the soulmate thing came from somewhere...why not faries? lol. I read one series where they had a "happy ever after" ring. The ring could find the soulmate of anyone it touched and they would live Happily ever after.

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  4. wonderful review, I love how you describe her as a good kick butt heroine <3 always enjoy those!

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  5. Thank you so much Carin, I'm really happy you enjoyed it. Adora came across exactly as I'd hoped she would apparently :)