March 19, 2012
Champion of the Fey #3
by S.A. Archer & S. Ravynheart
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Ravynheart Publishing
Release Date: March 17th 2012
Raiders have attacked Danu’s temple, slaughtering its defenders. The artifacts that are the last hope for the survival of the fey are in danger. With Changelings out to kill him, and goblins determined to abduct him, Lugh’s on a quest to find a stronghold for those treasures. Perhaps he should have thought twice before seeking a safe haven in the territory of shape-changing, fire-breathing dragon.
Like any ongoing series, if you haven’t read the other novellas, you should do so before reading this review. These aren’t standalone stories and this review will contain spoilers for you. Here’s a link to my reviews of Part 1 and Part 2.
These stories about the Fae are now on my list of favorites that I anxiously wait for and drop everything else when one is released. Archer and Ravynheart have created a very enchanting tale with a unique method by which to deliver it. The writing is great, the plot is interesting, the characters are multi-dimensional and the delivery is superb.
The series is set up like a TV series with weekly episodes (like The Vampire Diaries or Spartacus, etc.), only this is about the Fae. Each story continues where the last left off.
The main storylines of the series are Lugh’s struggles as Champion of the Fae after the collapse of the Mounds, how Donovan, leader of the Unseelie Fae is rebuilding life on the earth realm after the collapse, and London’s struggles to cope as a human cursed with the Sidhe Touch.
The latest ‘episode’ is Defender of Magic and picks up where Lugh’s story left off in Champion of the Fey.
Previously, we have witnessed the collapse of the Mounds, the home of the Fae and the source of their magic. Our Champion of the Fae, Lugh, has discovered that magic artifacts exist from when the All-Mother Danu originally created the Mounds. Lugh decided to focus his efforts on finding these artifacts to create a new realm that will restore magic to the Fae and provide a new home for any who survived the collapse.
In this episode, Lugh has now recovered several artifacts and is seeking a safe haven for them. As well as for all the documents he was able to save from the sacred temples spread around Ireland. He turns to a trusted friend, Rehnquist the Dragon Champion, for help only to find out that Rehnquist is dead and there’s a new Champion, Jonathan Wyndracer.
Danger is all around Lugh and his magic is beginning to fade. With no source of replenishment, he cannot waste a bit of magic he has left. This leaves him exposed to risks he never had before. He has to rely on his wit and old fashioned fighting skills to survive.
Physically, Lugh is starting to feel weaker, however more importantly, he is starting to despair over not finding any surviving Fae. Besides the nasty goblins that is, who seem able to survive anything. Lugh is also discovering secrets that were kept by the All-Mother. Dangerous secrets that are making him question everything he believed in and may have something to do with the murder of the All-Mother and destruction of the Mounds.
This episode showed a deeper side of Lugh as we see behind his brave façade and confidence. We see a vulnerable side to him and his worries, not just for himself but for all the Fae.
The Sidhe World is a great new series about the Fae and we’re starting to see more dimensions to the characters and the storylines. Archer & Ravynheart have delivered another great chapter and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I do!
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