In Whom You Trust
By: S.A. Archer and S. Ravynheart
Format: Online read
Publisher: Authors on blogs
Publish Date: February 2012
Series: Prequel to Champion of the Sidhe series
Affiliated with Rise of the Unseelie, and Touched series
"Celebrating prematurely, aren't you?" Lugh used his glass to indicate the party filling the grand ballroom of the Seelie Court.
My Thoughts and Summary:
I really liked this prequel. It's available on line, through six blogs - one chapter at each. I don't normally review online stories, but I've been getting more into short stories so thought I'd share it, and I'll keep it short.
For me this prequel of the Champion of fey series not only gives a closer look at Lugh, but feels as a great tie to the other two series it is acquainted with: Rise of the Unseelie and Touch. There is mention and explanation of the cursed touch of the Sidhe, the Unseelie are mentioned as to the rival there, and shows Lugh knows more than we had suspected. As well as Lugh is a lot more than just a shiny pretty muscle. Oh, he is a lot more and a deeper history than could have thought.
Where I thought Lugh to be the portrait of the "boring good-guy" and single minded, he's not here. He knows more than he leads on because he's loyal and follows his King as every great champions do. This piece shows Lugh very strong and protective, which I kind of thought him to be from the first two short stories, BUT Lugh isn't the 'boring good-boy' I originally thought. There is more there than meets the eye, and he'll use it when he has to, to get what he needs. (but he tries for the good guy first) So much history hinted at here with Lugh, now making me want more of his story.
This even explains some of the major idea in the Touch series. Giving you a feel of how important the Sidhe touch is to humans, after the first touch.
We get a look into who Aiofe is, a theory behind why she is gone and who took her. Then we get to see the All-Mother Danu as well. And we get descriptions of the Seelie ways and beliefs.
If you would like to read this prequel you can start at:
Chapter 1 - Fey Cast blog
Chapter 2 - My World...in words and pages
Chapter 3 - Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy
Chapter 4 - Gathering Leaves
Chapter 5 - Urban Fantasy Reviews
Chapter 6 - The Sidhe Touch
Do enjoy! :)