Friday, March 15, 2019

ARC Review: Prince of Air and Darkness by M.A. Grant

Prince of Air and Darkness (The Darkest Court, #1)From the blurb:

Phineas Smith has been cursed with a power no one could control.

Roark Lyne is his worst enemy and his only hope.

The only human student at Mather’s School of Magick, Phineas Smith has a target on his back. Born with the rare ability to tap into unlimited magick, he finds both Faerie Courts want his allegiance—and will do anything to get it.

They don’t realize he can’t levitate a feather, much less defend the Faerie Realm as it slips into civil war.

Unseelie Prince Roark Lyne, Phineas’s roommate—and self-proclaimed arch nemesis—is beautiful and brave and a pain in the ass. Phineas can’t begin to sort through their six years of sexual tension masquerading as mutual dislike. But Roark is also the only one able to help Finn tame his magick.

Trusting Roark’s mysterious motives may be foolish; not accepting his temporary protection would be deadly.

Caught in the middle of the impending war, Phineas and Roark forge a dangerous alliance. And as the walls between them crumble, Phineas realizes that Roark isn’t the monster he’d imagined. But their growing intimacy threatens to expose a secret that could either turn the tide of the war…or destroy them both.

Heather's rating:





I was really looking forward to Prince of Air and Darkness by M.A. Grant thanks to a ton of glowing reviews, and I'm happy to say I wasn't disappointed. However, it killed me a little inside to know the potential of the story and that it was this close to being amazing.

I found the pacing and the plotting to be really compelling and I stayed up WAY past my bedtime to read. I finished the story in day, which is always a good sign for me. However, my niggles just kept on coming while I was reading. I kept finding things that bothered me.

I love a magick school storyline (duh) and an enemies-to-lovers story, and this book had both. The setting was fun, even though I was a little confused as to how all of these pantheons co-existed and how the class/collegey stuff worked. The story was actually really fuzzy on many details that I thought were quite pertinent, and I wish the author had taken the time to explain those things more. In fact, if I wasn't so up on my Dresden Files series (natch, the best series), I would have been really confused about what all of these seelie/unseelie and winter/summer fae even were. Dresden Files, FTW.



It was also weird that Phin was supposed to be protected on campus but in reality never was. I was also never even sure why he was attacked so frequently, even at the end of the story (was that tied into the bad guys??). I even ended the story confused!

Still, Phin's love/hate relationship with Roark was everything, but I wish we got even more of a sense of how they got paired up and how that played out for the past 6 (!) years. I got the basics, but how did they live and defend each other side by side for so many years and not discover their dynamic sooner? Strange. I loved Roark as a character, but he was such a martyr! Geez, that guy could not catch a break.

One detail that I hated was that these two used condoms when CLEARLY an unseelie fae prince who heals from mortal-ish wounds nearly immediately would NEVER be felled by an STD! This guy isn't catching (or spreading) herpes, dude. I'm a huge proponent of safer sex in romance, but my eyes practically rolled into my head.

I also really hated one aspect of the ending, which I will spoiler tag. (view spoiler)

Despite the fact that I seem like I'm harping on the negatives, Prince of Air and Darkness was a very solid story, and I was impressed by M.A. Grant a great deal. Almost awesome.

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*


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