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Korrigan by Rebecca F. Kenney

AUTHOR’S WEBSITE: https://rebeccafkenney.wordpress.com/
SERIES: Secrets of the Fae
PUBLISHED: November 1, 2018 (Self-published)
PAGES: 290
GENRE: Urban fantasy, Fairytale

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Blurb

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 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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I feel like a thousand songs. I know I can conquer the world. 

Korrigan is a compelling introduction into the Secrets of the Fae series, a contemporary world with a modern, familiar setting, yet deeply infused with Irish mythology of old. It is a tale of choice and seeking freedom and the repercussions of discovering the truth. It is about good and evil and how easily the line between can blur, breaking the balance. It is about the fragility and complex nature of both love and life. An absorbing and captivating debut.

Kenney has created an exceptionally complex protagonist and a story that serves as the perfect backdrop for Aislinn’s progression throughout. In the beginning, Aislinn understands her needs as a fae, but struggles with her human emotions and morals, wanting to do what’s right, even if the cost to her is great. Once she gets a taste of power that can finally give her the control she so desperately seeks, we again witness her internal struggle. That addition of Zane and the Far Darrig, as well as the impending love triangle is the perfect metaphor for her conflict. Zane – teenage human, innocent, loving, strong family values. The Far Darrig – god-race fae, seductive, alluring, powerful. In each, she sees pieces of herself. In each, she sees a world she wishes to fit into.

We’re introduced to a variety of mythological creatures that all serve a purpose in the grand scheme of the plot. The author definitely demonstrates her knowledge and passion for this area of study, as the pages are brimming with lore and Gaelic adages, easily drawing in the reader. The story itself is pretty straightforward, easy to follow, and flows nicely, the author’s writing style accurately and authentically portraying the life of a teenage girl witnessing the world for the first time.

I really enjoyed this book and was completely absorbed from the start. I’m really looking forward to more in this universe and have already picked up book two to continue my journey with Aislinn. If you’re looking for a fresh and clean YA urban fantasy, I recommend you give this one a try.

Justine Bergman

Web developer by trade, ravenous reader, excited reviewer, dark fantasy enthusiast, mother of pups, drinker of strong coffee, and player of games. I'm also a contributor over at Fantasy Book Critic and The Fantasy Hive, and I love sharing the love.

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