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Beauty and the Beast meets Irish Mythology in this sweeping retelling of the beloved fairytaleOnce upon a time A plague sweeps across the emerald hills of Uí Néill leaving a young midwife’s father with months to live To save her people Sorcha makes a deal with a dangerous Fae She must travel across the sea through merrow and kelpie lands to find a forgotten king on a crumbling throne Born king of the Seelie Fae Eamonn fought battles unnumbered to uphold honor duty and freedom until his twin brother sank a blade between his shoulders Crystals grew from the wound splitting open skin and bone His people banished him to a cursed isle for his disfigurement now king of criminals and fools With the help of brownies pixies and will o’ the wisps Sorcha battles to break through his crystalline shell and persuade him to take back his stolen throne This determined beauty could come dangerously close to stealing his beastly heart

10 thoughts on “Heart of the Fae

  1. says:

    I'm so shook by how beautifully written gorgeous and utterly magical this book is From the beginning to the end I was so mesmerized by the gorgeous writing and world building in this book The romance had me screaming with feels and all the characters in this book are so wonderful that I just want to wrap them all up in warm blankets Sorcha is a healer and mid wife in her town Uí Néill where she lives with her father and sisters in their brothel In her town the plague of black beetles is growing worse and worse and threatening to take her father's life Sorcha is desperate to find a cure and crosses path with the Fae with who she makes a bargain with And so she goes on a uest to Ireland or island of Hy Brasil to find a banished prince Sorcha is such an amazing character She's the most kind strong clever loving and loyal person She's a fucking ueen and I'm so head over heels in love with her I'm deadass a love struck lil boi when it comes to Sorcha She can ask me to get the moon for her and I FUCKING WOULD i would probably die but whatever In a time period where women are expected to marry stay home and have children Sorcha spoke up against sexist men and voiced her thoughts and opinions She never let piece of shit man to stop her from pursuing her career or dream as a healer nor stop them from doing what she wants AND SHE DIDN'T FALL FOR A HANDSOME GUY WITH A SHIT PERSONALITY Raise your hand if you're tired of girls going mush for handsome guy with a disgusting personality? Don't worry this doesn't happen in this book In the beginning there's this oh so handsome sexy take my panties off daddy guy who is sexist as fuck and was telling Sorcha to just marry him and stop thinking about being a healer because OH it's not job for a woman But our girl here brushed him tf off and told him to fuck off whenever he tried making a move on her Yes ueen “I would dare much sir against a man who seemingly does not understand boundaries You must ask a woman if you may enter her abode and when granted approval you may do so If they reuest you leave then you remove yourself She's also such a strong minded and clever character Sorcha might not be physically strong and able to slice fuckers with a sword but that doesn't make her character any less Strong or Badass She's a kind woman who treats the lesser Fae with respect and manners and always wants to help those in need She knows what she has to do to get what she wants and she does not let people walk over her and demand things of her She is her own boss bitch Oh my god I can literally go on and on about how fucking amazing Sorcha is but we need to talk about the world building and the beautiful Irish mythology There are so many creatures in this book Fae gnomes dwarves pixies mermaidsmermen half whale and half female whale creatures to magical horses and so much It was so magical and beautiful to read about it all When Sorcha met them she was so amazed and heart eyes and I felt that Like that was Me when read about the world building and whatever And the good thing is that this is mentioned so muchThe romance iswhoo boy it's heated and hot and I fucking loved it I don't know why but I went into this thinking this was Young Adult but it's not The romance is explicit and there is an explicit sex scene which may not be to everyone's liking but I LOVED IT LMAO Anyways Eamonn was a bitter angry asshole because he was banished to this island for centuries so he was not kind to Sorcha when they first met but that doesn't mean he was a gross sexist asshole Sure he was rude but that's because of his Tragic PastTM and I love how he grew into such a sweet and soft little cinnamon roll Their romance is so sweet hot but most of all built with respect and loyalty for each other Never once did they disrespect each other despite their arguments There was this one scene where Eamonn said something like I will not always agree with you but that doesn't mean I would disregard your opinions and silence your thoughts and I was fucking crying because aklhdwda yes we need Healthy Relationships Eamonn's inner Alpha Male came out and he was all likeyou're mine yes that bullshit but Sorcha our Feminist ueen said oh hell no I do not belong to anyone but myself I am not Yours and then Eamonn shut the fuck up and respected that and holy shit i love them Anyways Eamonn can keep me imprisoned on that island 💦💦💦💦💦The story is so intriguing and I wasn't bored once I don't want to say much because spoilers but so much happens and alkbdkljsbdv I was just like what the fuck and saying that over and over again One thing to keep in mind is that there are a few typos in this book and tbh that would have bothered me but I was so invested in the story that I didn't even care Also there's this really cute raven in the book and you guys should read the book for him because he's preciousObviously I love this book and I would recommend it Please read this underrated gem It deserves so much hypereaction right after reading this masterpiecewhat a fantastic fucking retelling of beauty and the beast with Irish mythology and fae folk the main character is such a feminist ueen and she's the most kind strong and loving person i stan a fucking ueen 💘😩❤️there's also scary Mermaids and dangerous half female half whale creatures that can easily eat you in one biteanyways this was so fucking good i am shaking my body is on the floor and I AM FUCKING SHAKING

  2. says:

    375 fairytale enchanted ★★★✬✩ This book is for you if you suspect an intricate combination of Celtic fairytale x beauty beast is the retelling you've needed all your life Be aware that it gives uite a lot of room to romance ⤐ OverallMy heart started pounding in anticipation of a beauty the beast x Irish Celtic mythology crossover when I discovered Heart of the Fae At least to my knowledge Celtic mythology and fiction don't mix well in the literary world yet mostly because authors rip the scarce evidence we have about the civilizations in uestion apart and then put it back together the results excruciating I knew this of course but my silly heart still hoped for the bestAltogether I am very happy with the audiobook Both the world building and the style of story telling agreed with me It definitely carries typical elements of fairytales but also allows for a strong female character and a less creepy version of Beauty and the Beast Although it's still one of my favourite childhood movies I feel increasing discomfort over the depiction of romance in the conventional story Here on the other hand the Stockholm Syndrome factor has not crossed my mind once The narrator was Irish voice artist Siobhan Waring and I absolutely loved her She narrated both the chapters from Sorcha and Eamon's point of view and did a great impression of the different voices including the side charactersEven though I was satisfied to a large extent I felt that Emma missed out on a bit of the potential that Celtic mythology and even archaeological facts offers to make for a realistic fairytale I'm aware it sounds like an oxymoron but I truly believe it is possible to smartly weave facts and fiction together in a way that satisfies both a Celtic civilizations enthusiast and a fairytale lover I guess to make for a convincing romance she had to drop a bit of that and give time to the development of Sorcha's and Aemon's feelings I suppose we had it coming but I still understand reactions such as this one I wish some of that on page time would have been sacrificed in favour of a adventure driven plot I'm excited to see how the story of Sorcha continues I still believe Emma's story has the capacity to incorporate both aspects⤐ What’s happening ‘The disgraced prince was sent away to a phantom isle which could only be seen once every 7 years He begged his family to allow him to remain but they had no petty for the man who had hidden his true nature The firstborn son of the seelie king faded into myth then legend then nothing at all’ Sorcha knows nothing of this tragedy as she sets out to find a cure that will save her people from the blood beetle plague It is uite a personal uest Sorcha's father the man who put superstition and judgement aside to raise a little girl that grew into a confident kind and self sufficient woman is suffering from the plague The trouble is how can you win a race that seems to have different finishing lines and obstacles on the way each of them potentially fatal?Con⇢ un seelie are tricky people not to be messed with⇢ already sorta messing with a couple of fairies⇢ moody prince with pretty stones all over his bodyPro⇢ women are the better druids⇢ them irish vibes⇢ moody prince with prety stones all over his body Writing uality easy of reading 4 pace 4 plot development 3 characters 5 enjoyability 4 insightfulness 3 This audioArc was provided by Emma Hamm in exchange for an honest review Thank you very much

  3. says:

    Unfortunately I'm going to dnf at 58%The hero and heroine were extremely likeable The cast of characters were really great too The writing and the narration were amazing But the pacing was too slow for me and I wasn't feeling the romantic connection between the H and h

  4. says:

    If you want Irish Beauty the Beast go read Marillier's Heart's Blood I was a touch underwhelmed by that one but cripes at least it had some sense of the Irish landscape and historyGod where to start with this oneI'll say what I enjoyed first since it's a shorter list the imagery of geode crystals in place of blood filling wounds is interesting and to me original Some of the uips and snark were amusing most come to think of it just not employed nearly enough Also nice cover art Oh and the concept of the blood beetle plague is suitably horrifyingReally long review ahead Because good books are all alike; every bad book is bad in its own way 0 It's part of a perspective swapping series but this part of the plot is actually a duology which means this particular book ends of a cliffhanger btw It's half the story1 Lots of clunky repetitive dialog that didn't sound natural Replies didn't always map well to the last thing said by the person they're replying to making a lot of seeming or actual non seuiturs2 Unclear setting Lots of modern or out of place phrases The start of the book talks about minstrels and guilds which felt Middle Ages but later on I tend to think Victorian period Sorcha crosses herself at one point so it's definitely post Christianization Who knows Women wear skirts and they use chamberpots; there's not much to narrow it down beyond that Her dresses fasten in the back but it's even odds whether that's indicative of period or just plain Hollywood derived inaccuracy Is this even Ireland? Who can say Why is Dame Agatha praising someone for being progressive? See #5 about Sorcha's creepy pimpwhore family ➡️ You can't have your cake and eat it too If you want to tie your story to reality eg by setting it in Ireland using the real Irish pantheon you can't have a whitewashed modern progressive version of history to suit your needs If you want to have Celtic flavored fantasy you need to do to divorce the story from reality than having faeries be real and a creepy blood beetle plagueSpeaking of misplaced progressiveness I cringed a bit whenever the word deformities came up namely in how Sorcha would use this term to describe the otherworldlynon human aspects of the faes' appearances Kind of insensitivite in light the hero and his hangups and also just by the loaded nature of that word really subverts the freuent beauty in the eye of the beholderskin deep thing that ties in to BatB Just because someone looks like a half spider half person doesn't mean they're deformed if they're faerie royalsAnd that's not to mention to the faux feminist let's say fauxminist touches Want to make your character a strong feminist character? Have other male characters tell her outright You're useless because you're a woman That's exactly what sexism sounds like in all times and in all places and that's how you know it's sexist it self identifies This is actually one of my hot button missteps because it ignores benevolent isms while also eradicating all nuance to people as people Sexists not great But also usually not so outright either and plenty of women would share the same sexist attitudes depicted in this book which is hidden by having male characters saying women suck That's what makes bigotry so insidious and ubiuitous Sexism is less telling women you're a woman therefore shut up it's telling women I appreciate you're worried about this thing but highly trained people drawn from a pool exclusively male are working to solve it Women's soft hearts are a noble thing benevolent sexism and it's good that you care Don't let yourself get hysterical over it dismissive gaslighting Tell you what if you want to help out so much why don't you focus on comforting the ailing using your natural nurturing touch benevelolent sexism gendered labor belittling contributions as 'help' not 'work'?3 You know how you're supposed to solve maze puzzles by drawing a line through and around all the obstacles and you are not supposed to just draw a straight line from Start to End to win faster? Well the relationship building in this book takes the latter option It's a tempting trap to fall into with BatB adapatations it seems you know what beats you want to hit angry intial meeting tenseness some eye opening sensitivity some life saving some falling in love etc and it's very easy to not do the legwork to earn each moment In this case the characters are having personality revelations and falling in love like flipping a switch It doesn't help that daysweeksmonths path and the two leads have a total of like 2 interactions in that time4 Canon Sue main character I know there's backlash against the freehanded labeling of freehanded characters as Mary Sues but Sorcha is ✔️exotic in appearance ✔️so feisty and sassy ✔️wins over everybody not because she's just plain kind but because she's kindest most unusual human to ever be nice to a fae creature and she's the one person in Irelandthe world to honor the old ways at all and ✔️all the characters even the enemy go out of their way to sing her praises about how smart and wise and lovely and different and special she is Oh and some ✔️Too Stupid To Live tendencies but she's always just so correct in how she handles things how dare you shout at her5 Mixed characterization and creepiness Let's talk about Sorcha's family The narrative goes back and forth between how much Sorcha loves her sisters and her feeling all put upon for apparently being the one sensible person who keeps their household running and no one else could possibly omg And of course she starts off on a bit of a deadline which she mostly doesn't think about Does her family love her back or do they think she's a weirdo like everyone else? Who knows What kind of angst is called for on that page? She's got all these sisters whom she loves usually but literally only 2 of the 13 are named or described One is the cutesy sweetheart and the other is the older sterner type Apparently there's a set of twins That's it That's what we know about this big creepy whored out family that is totally so close and functional Totally Her family is a bunch of orphans apparently picked off the street and turned into prostitutes And oh they blub about how nice and gentle their Papa pimp is and another man might not be as nice to them but they are girls raised to be prostitutes Sorcha eyes the marks on the wall where she tracked the heightgrowth of one girl who is now a prostitute Ack ack ack ack And Sorcha special Sorcha is the one girl the pimp picked out as too good to be a whore ergo she gets to focus on herbal lorebook learning The author tries to minimize this by being weirdly sex positive not that sex positivity is weird in general just in this particular case about how they're just hard working girls when they aren't frivolous burdens ahem but uh no that's not what prostitution is typically like and especially not in this uasi historical setting we're apparently in Also undermined by Sorcha being singled out for non whore work because she's So Special For some reason the author and by extent the sisters seem to labor under the misapprenhension that a whore would ever even have the option of marrying a nobleman who came in as a john And that whenif that happened the prostitute in uestion was indifferent to the idea the former sex worker would still be visiting them all ➡️ This is a book with fairies and mermaids and magic and that's probably the most fantastic element of all 🙄 Why does it feel like we're supposed to look down on Dame Agatha for never visiting the brothel to get her midwifery needs tended? Again if we're in a chamberpot period of history there were a lot of very clear very conservative class lines about those kinds of things Chances are Agatha wouldn't dream of using a widwife who also tended to prostitutes if she could help it6 Disney's BatB adapatation is the elephant in the room for telling this story and it's something authors have to choose to work with or around either finding entirely new spins or hewing closer to the original materials and dropping in homages as desired This tale I feel had some good loose adaptation feelings eg the lead is still trying to save her father but not from captivity but I got way too many Disney winks GeraltGaston OonaMrs Potts the enchanted mirror with a rose motif I did like the snark about that though the torn painting the servants bringing the heroine out of her cell to wine and dine her there was even a scene early in the book that reminded me of Belle's stroll through town with the Bonjour lyricsGood news if you've made it this far if you need convincing apparently I made well over 100 notes and highlights wherever things bugged me So I've got that going for me which is nice

  5. says:

    This was rather unfortunately not for me I was expecting Celtic mythology sweeping atmospheric tension and a slow building romance Instead this felt like the most contrived relationship I’ve ever read with a plot that plays second place to the rather bland main characters Sorcha is a midwife who lives above a brothel who somehow makes a random deal with the Fae to save her family from a beetle plague and ends up living on an island with the brooding Eamonn Eamonn is the former high prince of the Seelies but he’s been banished due to somehow being ‘cursed’ with an usual appearance that leaves his body covered in crystals Yeah explain that Because the book doesn’t Somehow after two conversations the pair decide that they love each other and Sorcha casually forgets her promise to her family to snog Eamonn and brood over his lost kingdom Sorcha seems to only have two emotions angry and naively happy while Eamonn is firmly the one dimensional broody tough guy with a heart of gold That’s it Their relationship has no build up no angst and as a result it just didn’t feel genuine And at times incredibly cliche and cringy Don’t get me started on the awful sexy times The plot is also lacking in depth with lots of telling instead of showing It felt simplistic and predictable and for me very average Plot ‘twists’ and reveals are just thrown into the text in a very heavy handed and unexplained way lessening their effect and adding to my frustration Also what there is of a plot makes NO SENSE There’s hardly any world building with 90% of the plot taking place on the island meaning I had no real idea what the world was like or the politics of the various courts in any great depth This meant I just didn’t really care On top of that the ending felt incredibly rushed and poorly concluded In fact there was nothing concluded instead ending on an incredibly irritating cliffhanger I think the only redeeming feature was the secondary characters on the island who at least brought a little bit of the mythology to life and kept me reading Honestly this is why I don’t read much romance focused fantasy It all just feels way too overdone and underwritten for me to care I’ll stick to Maas if I want grumpy territorial Fae and I’ve realised I really don’t

  6. says:

    We never outgrow fairytales There’s nothing better than believing in the fantastic in the impossible and especially believing in a love that can conuer all even if it’s only for a few hours Emma Hamm’s HEART OF THE FAE is one of those love stories and like all great fairytales it began once upon a timeWhen a plague ravages Sorcha’s land as a healer and midwife Sorcha will do anything to save her people and her family from certain death She strikes a bargain with a powerful dark Fae with her own agenda and that will send her on a journey to a cursed island that few humans will ever see a land that holds magic and a scorned young Fae prince Eamonn is the rightful heir to the Seeley throne betrayed by his twin brother abandoned by his family and cursed with a disfigurement that makes touch near impossible he keeps his distance from his subjects and is slowly losing his hope his trust in the world and believes he is the monster he has been turned into In spite of Eamonn’s attempts to assure that Sorcha knows she is not welcome her inner strength determination and kind heart reaches beyond his hardened shell and plucks at the fading strings of hope justice and love in his heartEmma Hamm has created a special grown up version of Beauty and the Beast filled with painful memories secret dreams and the need we all have for help and support from those we trust Time is running out for Sorcha to save her family and her people but first she must save Eamonn from himself and the curse he never deserved because sometimes all you need is one special person to believe in youBeautiful details make picturing the creatures of this cursed island the lands they live on and even the hag’s cottage come to life reminiscent of so many fairytales that we have grown to love Emma Hamm has created her own special magic for us to believe in in a land far far away that can be as amazing as it is special I read this twice that's how good it isI voluntarily reviewed an ARC edition from Emma Hamm Series The Otherworld Book 1Publication Date November 26 2017Publisher Emma HammGenre Historical Fantasy RomancePrint Length 368 pagesAvailable from For Reviews More

  7. says:

    4 STARS Who am I to judge others for the choices they make? This was really good Emma Hamm is a great writer who has a seriously creepy imagination lol The positives1 The heroine had a backbone made of steel and a truly generous heart which made reading this one a real pleasure One must decide whether to live in fear or courage 2 The banter between Sorcha and Eamonn had some stellar moments Have you no care nor discretion for your own survival? You berate a creature of superior strength?Superior? Sir I find you lacking in every sense of the word 3 The fantasy aspects were top notch The pages were filled with uniue well developed fantastical characters including the hero Eamonn was a creature bred for war and destruction 4 The central message of the story was wonderful You can't change the world SorchaI would if I could So where are the 5 stars?The negatives1 The pacing felt a bit off In parts I thought the story lacked a much needed sense of urgency2 The romance The relationship between these two had such huge potential but I felt like it was suandered and never really went anywhereOverall I definitely recommend this one as long as romance is not your key ingredient to making a story great Happy reading

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  9. says:

    Spirits of the East and Air I welcome you into our circle and bid you well tidings On this sacred night of Samhain come dance with us Spirits of the South and Fire I welcome you to feast with us on this sacred night Spirits of the West and Water I welcome you to drink and be merry with us tonight Join our revelries on this sacred eve Spirits of the North and Earth I welcome you to this hall and ask that you tell us stories from ages past Speak easy and loosen thy tongue on this sacred nightI’m always looking for faerieelven stories to read so you could imagine how excited I was to find Heart of the Fae by Emma Hamm Its a lovely retelling of Beauty and the Beast with an Irish folklore twist Sorcha a young midwife is deep in peril when a plague sweeps across her village and takes root in her father She had always been respectful of the Fae—leaving them offerings and praying to their deities—so when faced with such tragedy she turns to them for a favor In return Sorcha finds herself sent on a suicidal mission across realms to the Otherworld where the Fae reside It is there she will meet Eamonn a banished king with a curse that allows for crystals to grow beneath his skin instead of flesh and blood He is your typical brooding male protagonist set on being miserable and sulking for eternity Because the Seelie don't take to deformities kindly Eamonn was considered a monster and was tortured by his twin brother so that he wouldn't stand a chance coming king His people turned against him and now he surrounds himself with simpler Fae that become like a family to the wayward prince Together they will need to rely upon one another in order to save her family and reclaim his throne I enjoyed this story The world building was rich and lyrical the characters were beautifully described in their own gruesome makings and the amount of references to Fae folklore made me beyond happy Instead of just using the Fae as her mythical creatures Hamm included beings like selkies brownies nymphs and boggarts And those are only a few I think that when an author attempts to write a story about these specific beings they should always try to include a varying array of them because after all the Fae are only one branch of species in relation to their thousands of kin Its an entire spectrum of earth spirits we’re referencing Hamm even touched upon a favorite element of mine—the Seelie and the Unseelie Often times the Unseelie are described as the “dark” Fae usually autumn and winter and the Seelie are the “light” spring and summer In this book the seasons don't play any role but the notion of good and evil certainly does Lesser Fae are those that don't appear humanoid by Seelie standards or don't appear grotesue enough by Unseelie standards There is a social contract within both major realms and the political intrigue on the Seelie side will throw in a few plot twists that will make you uestion whether you’re reading about the right Fae The writing was easy to follow simply put it was straight forward with a sprinkling of poetic moments here and there I prefer emotion and prose in the books I read but maybe I’m biased because I still enjoyed this one very much Another slight issue I had with it was the romance Of course I was rooting for the two main characters to get hitched since the first page because of the way the synopsis promises them to be loversbut it somehow still felt forced Thankfully it didn't feel rushed but there were a few times that I had to contemplate why the one character was confessing their emotions to the other when it felt like their wasn't a basis to their emotional ties just yet The plot was decent but you can surmise a great deal of what will happen because this is a loose retelling of a story that has been retold millions of times People even draw parallels to another Beauty and the Beast inspired story that also includes the Fae and yes you guessed it A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas Even though I’ve already begun to see people compare the two I will just put my two cents out there and say that while they share glaringly obvious similarities these stories are highly different and uniue in their own waysAll that being said if you’re in the mood for a cute romance or like me in the mood to always read about the Fae—here’s your next book I’m currently reading the seuel and thus far it’s even better than the first

  10. says:

    This is itI've found it I cannot believe I haven't read this book before yesterdayA Beauty and The Beast re telling? Are you kidding me? I loved this book It combined my love of classic fairytale and Irish mythology Wohoo ❤️❤️❤️