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Samhain by Rebecca F. Kenney

AUTHOR’S WEBSITE: https://rebeccafkenney.wordpress.com/
SERIES: Secrets of the Fae
PUBLISHED: November 17, 2018 (Self-published)
PAGES: 261
GENRE: Urban fantasy, Fairytale

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Blurb

Aislinn and her friends have escaped the druids’ stronghold, but the fight isn’t over. At Samhain, the veil between the worlds will be thinner than ever, and the new leader of the druids has a terrifying plan that could mean deadly consequences for humans and Fae alike.

Tortured with visions of Samhain, Zane struggles to adjust to college life and to his new ability, which could be the key to defeating the druids for good. At the same time, he helps Wynnie begin to recover from her years of abuse with the druids.

With Samhain just weeks away, Aislinn and Kieran face another challenge— fulfilling their bargain with the three Fates, the Morrigna, before time runs out.


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War is on the horizon and the lives of all lies in the hands of a girl who has finally found where she belongs. Aislinn, along with the friends and family she has gained since first seeing the sun rise those few months ago, must devise a plan to forestall the opening of the Second Gate, preventing the incursion of those from the Otherworld. Aislinn’s and Kieran’s threads are woven together after bargaining with the Fates, the Morrigan – they must either succeed in their endeavor or they will perish together.

This is a story of transformation and discovery. Those we’re introduced to in book one bloom into something more, something new. With the fate of the world on the line, we see each character come into their own and play a crucial role in thwarting the harrowing plans of the druids. After traveling this road with Aislinn, witnessing the respect she commands amongst humans and fae alike is truly a rewarding experience. Zane grudgingly places his aversion to the magical realm aside and becomes one of the most important players in this game of balance. The Far Darrig, while always trying to uphold his reputation of trickery and deceit, finally allows everyone to see his true self, a protector.

Samhain is a beautiful and heartbreaking conclusion to Kenney’s Secrets of the Fae, a striking series that was impossible for me to put down. We’ve climbed the sheer slope of the mountainside and have reached the summit in this ultimate chapter in Aislinn’s journey. The pacing is well-planned and perfect, the action intense with tangible consequence, the romance is felt within the soul, the loss is tragic and agonizing. It’s alluring and dangerous and somber, a superb combination to perfectly close the cover on this charming tale.

I found this story to be a genuinely amazing read and me blowing through the series in three days is a true testament to how much fun I’ve had on this adventure. I’m excited to see where Kenney takes us next, and hope that some day I’ll be able to return to this fascinating world she has created. I highly recommend you let yourself wander in through the forests in the Secrets of the Fae universe.

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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