Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Book Review: The Fly in Paradise

The Fly in Paradise

By:  Francis Pauli

Publisher:  Mundania Press

Publish Date:  August 2011

Format:  Paperback 213pgs

Genre:  Fantasy

Series:  2nd book in Changeling Race; 1st Book ~ A Moth in Darkness

Recommendation:  Oh yes.  LOVED the twist on the fey history here, and the mystery intertwined to bring you to understand the history.

Book Synopsis:
Something's rotten in the Fey lands.  While Marcus Bramble tracks the lunatic who started it all, Elizabeth and the crew at the Embassy sort through the evidence he left behind.  With Lockland back, and the revels behind her, Liz's world is slowly returning to normal.  But on both sides of the borders, shadow creatures spring out of nowhere, and the dark legends surrounding the fey take on a whole new meaning.

Now time is against them.  On the mortal side of things, protesters rally to close the borders, politicians descend on the Embassy, and something that shouldn't exist stalks Elizabeth through the city.  In his world, Marcus faces a madman with answers he doesn't want to hear.  The Fey rulers turn a blind eye on forests teeming with imaginary monsters, and the Sidhe tower stands silent amidst the chaos.  Will the race to uncover its secrets solve the mystery of the elves' past or unleash even more horrors on them all?

First Sentence:
Blackness swelled and hovered around the woman.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Everyone is at a loss as to how Brendan got out without anyone knowing or seeing him, at end of A Moth in Darkness.  In his investigation, Marcus, decides to go to a revel to relax, but they are different now, he learns just how different and maybe a lead.  As suspected Brendan is back and up to no good.  Marcus has been trailing Brendan with no luck to finding him.  Liz and Lockland are both recovering; Liz resisting to dance with the fey and Lockland from his wounds.  Bev is working on a case dealing with the fairy "drinks" from the revels, when she stumbles upon a crime scene.  A murder, gruesome murder, with child size foot prints with claws walking away, not human at all.  This synthesized fairy offering could be connected to brutal deaths of whole villages, and Liz and Lockland are back to work full swing.  Nightmare creatures, things of human myth come to life in both fey and human worlds and all get worried about the gate between the two worlds ~ could they close them?

Oh dang! I WANT The third book now!! Wonderful story, and one heck of a way to turn the world upside down and inside out.

I'm struggling with what to share with you as I don't want to give anything away.  This book is the book that changes the whole fey world from what was established in the first book.  Gaa.  Very good!  Very well done!  I will admit, I read the synopsis for the third (and final) book of the series.  When I read it there was mention of Seelie court.  I just thought, "Oh they are comparing to the 'Seelie' court idea."  After reading the first book, I wasn't sure how the Seelie idea would play into this series.  Well, Wow!  Let me tell you, by the end of this book I knew EXACTLY how it played into the book, and series.  I loved this twist to the Seelie idea, and the way we came to it.  Wonderfully done.
We do get different views, separated so it isn't confusing for us.  The views are from: Liz, Lockland, Marcus, Bev, Jess (one of Liz's close friends and one of three to open First Gate), then also a few views from the Sidhe.  The Sidhe views are few, but really nice to read as it gives us more inner views that make us curious and flipping the pages.  I really like how we get all pieces of the puzzle as each character is working on a different agenda, that all works back to the one thing we are all looking to get too.
I soooooo can't wait to get my hands on the third and final book of this trilogy, Spider's from Memory.
I received this book from the publisher for review, after enjoying A Moth in Darkness so much.


  1. That is a lot of views, sometimes I just get annoyed at that...sometimes, not always

  2. I read A Moth in Darkness! I didn't realize there was a sequel out and a great one by the sounds of it!

    Fantastic review, Chica! I'm off to Amazon to see if I can get this on my Kindle!

  3. Oh I love that you read a book and then immediately crave the next. However, looking at that title... *shivers*... ;)

    Still... sound interesting enough and I do love a twist. Hm...

  4. Blodeuedd - You know, when I was writing the review I thought that too. But I really have to say when reading it, it wasn't all that many views. It was done really well.

    Kristi The Book Faery - Oh! I hope you enjoyed A Moth in Darkness then. :) So glad you liked this review. I must tell you the third and final book of this trilogy is out as well... Spider's from Memory. It just released, so incase you want to get it as well. :) I have it here and CANNOT WAIT to read it. lol. Hope you are doing well. *hugs*

    Melissa (Books&Things) - lol. I know you shiver at these titles. But I must say where to title comes from in the book, I just LOVED it! So cool. ;D And the stories, I think you might enjoy as well. :) Thank you!

  5. It sounds like the author did some creative things with fey mythology here that surprised you - I love it when that happens!

  6. This sounds like a neat series! I might have to check it out. :)

    Beth ^_^

  7. Sounds like an interesting series! I love twists on established mythology! And when you crave the next book as soon as you finish reading, well, that's always a good sign!

  8. StephanieD - Oh she really did. :) It was a great story and some great turns. :) I enjoy that in books as well.

    Beth D. - Oh, I hope you get to check out the series. I'm really enjoying it. And it's only a trilogy too. :) Thank you!

    Alexia - Oh yes! I love when an author leaves you wanting more. It's a very good thing. :) Thank you!


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