Book Reviews

No Fae is an Island (Endangered Fae 4) by Angel Martinez at Pride Publishing

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / Elves/Fairies/Sidhe / Magic / Mythological Creatures / Shifters / Vampires / Interspecies / Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 09-April-2019

Book Blurb

Diego’s world refused to stand still in his absence. Now he’s no longer sure of his place in it.

 

Three years ago, Danu banished Diego from the human world for a time. Three years and three days doesn’t seem that long to be away from home but time among the wild fae can change a man and the human world returns the favor by changing while he’s gone. There’s a vampire on Tearmann Island’s security force. A curious selkie’s followed him home. So much to do to keep the world safe…but Diego’s no longer sure he has the right to interfere.

 

Theo Aguilar started his vampire life on the wrong side of the law. He’s killed and knows he’s dangerous if he doesn’t stay in control every moment. But the fae took him in and Prince Lugh has given him a position of trust. So when Diego and Finn are arrested on a diplomatic mission far from home, he knows his duty. He’s striking out on his own to rescue them, a lone vigilante once again, this time for the good guys. The only glitch? The selkie, Limpet, can’t seem to understand the alone part.

 

 

First edition published by MLR Press, September 2014.

 

Book Review

“Human governments are strange and needlessly complicated. We knew the storm would not have calmed. And that certain humans would welcome it and stir the storm.” — Finn, No Fae is an Island

It has been three years and three days since the end of the previous book when Diego was banished from Earth to spend time with the wild fae (read: dragons and other interesting creatures of the Otherworld). Finn went with him, of course, and both have learned and changed a lot. Diego still feels guilty for what he did, Finn is as much pooka as he has ever been, and the world they find upon their return is not at all what they expected. This is the story of what they find and how they deal with it, the new issues they have to overcome, and even though they have already suffered more than any couple should, there are more hard times ahead. Please note that I highly recommend to read these books in order so you can understand and appreciate the depth of this extraordinary world (anyone who has not done so might find spoilers in this review).

Diego and Finn have already been through a heck of a lot of adversity and suffering, but there is more to face. Human governments have not dealt well with the revelation that paranormal and mythological creatures are real. As for the fact that some humans are showing signs of having magic as well? That is certainly not acceptable to most politicians and other bigots. Some countries are better at dealing with the situation than others, and when Diego goes on a diplomatic mission to try to free three young students from the worst kind of regime that has taken them prisoner, it does not end well for them.

While much of the story focuses on Diego and Finn, there is a second couple that plays a major role, and it is a very unlikely pairing indeed. Theo is a young man who was rejected by his family when he was turned into a vampire even though he saved his younger sister’s life. He has a hard time getting used to the darkness, drinking blood, and being seen as a monster. Theo works as a security guard for Prince Lugh, but very much keeps to himself – mainly because most people are afraid of him and he hates the constant rejection, but also because he does not think he is worthy of acceptance, never mind love. His “partner in crime” when he goes off to rescue Diego is Limpet, a young selkie who is curious about the human world and has secretly followed Diego and Finn. Limpet talks incessantly, is very warm and loving, and sees through all of Theo’s walls without even trying. I loved how Limpet approaches life, and he is exactly what Theo needs – even if the stubborn vampire tries to deny it almost until the final chapter.

The plot is as intense as ever, filled with adventure and action. Many of the previous characters are back, and seeing Zack and Lugh as well as Diego and Finn interact again was a joy. They need all their energy and creativity to figure out how to free Diego and Finn, and I was glued to my seat most of the time as I was reading this amazing novel. There was more than one surprise, a few more details about the unfolding of human magic, and a delightful set of new characters – including a somewhat grumpy djinn!

If you like intense stories where the action is as much a part of events as deepening emotions between old and new lovers alike, if you think that a newly turned vampire and a curious selkie can learn to appreciate each other once they follow their hearts, and if you’re looking for a suspenseful read with plenty of action, despair, hope, and an ending that has me fear this might be the last volume in this fantastic series, then you will probably like this  novel as much as I do. It is every bit as exciting as the first three!

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 281 pages/73208 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 15-January-2019
Price $4.99 ebook, $12.49 paperback
Buy Link https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/no-fae-is-an-island