Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Book Review: Aftershock


By:  S.A. Archer

Format:  Ebook, 9,000 words

Publisher:  Ravynheart Publishing

Publish Date:  October 2011

Series:  1st of The Rise of the Unseelie series; affiliated with Champion of the Sidhe series and Touched series

Book Synopsis:
The day the Mounds collapsed Jhaer, leader of the Unseelie Elite, sacrificed his strength, his magic, and his very life to save his world.

It wasn’t enough.

He thought that was the end of his story… Instead it is the beginning.
Rise of the Unseelie is one of the interlacing story lines, that makes up The Sidhe saga. Each thread can be read alone, but if you read them together in the suggested order, you will get the full experience.

First Sentence:
Jhaer dodged through the local fey crowding the market street of the village built up around the Seelie castle, thankful that his plain, loose-fitting clothing disguised him.

My Thoughts & Summary:
This story starts back where End of the World starts, but we get the view through Jhaer's eyes, and Unseelie leader's eyes.  The day when everyone, except Jhaer, is celebrating the union of Seelie and Unseelie and the day the fey world fell apart at his feet.

We get the other side of the coin here.  A thought is planted as to why the fey world crumbles and it could be the same reason the Seelie are celebrating.  Jhaer, having the Earth magic, survives the collapse and decides to collect other fey to protect and teach them how to survive with the help of Earth born fey.

This short story creates a bigger world.  We learn a tad of the courts and Danu's pick.  And of exiles surviving in the world without the fey help.  Jhaer has started searching for some of the Earth born fey, and finding them usually in tight spots, "saves" them.  This is where we learn of the sidhe and fey enemies in the world; wizards, vampires and changlings.

I liked the Unseelie story side better.  Things are not always "good" and you have to adjust with it.  The writing descriptions here seemed to resinate in my mind better too.  Jhaer has the dark, bad boy feel yet he is doing right by others, but to save himself too.

I read this at my leisure for my enjoyment.


Blodeuedd said...

I am really liking Fey books now, they are so fun, evil, hot, mysterious, you name it

Stepping Out of the Page said...

This sounds interesting, though I'm yet to read a Fey book that I like. Maybe I should give this one a shot! Thanks for sharing. New follower :)

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh bad boy? Hm... I also love that everything isn't always good. Oh I may have to check his books out!

Anonymous said...

From your description, I was surprised this was a short story as it sounds packed with plot.

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Blodeuedd - lol. fey is really hitting all those you named. :) This one has the bad boy feel of the fae, which I enjoy. :) Thank you!

Stepping out of the Page - Hello! Thank you for stopping by, and Following. :) This has the traditional feel of fey for me, but not a bad thing. :)

Melissa (Books&Things) - Oh, I'm curious to see what others think of this series. I like this one better than the good boy one, but I like the bad boy where things are not always cut and dry. ;) Thank you!

StephanieD - I was surprised that more happened in this one too. :) Thank you!