As a fan of Jeffe Kennedy’s shorter books such as Petals and Thorns (2010) and Sapphire (2011), I was very excited to have the opportunity to read her first full length story, Rogue’s Pawn, the first in the Covenant of Thorns series. To put it simply, I was completely blown away! Kennedy has built what is sure to become a favorite world for all fantasy/fae lovers to escape into. Full of bright scenery, colorful (quite literally) characters, and non-stop intrigue I easily found myself trapped in the world of Faerie along with Jennifer, or Lady Sorceress Gwynn as she comes to be called. The story has an Alice in Wonderland feel to it with all the crazy characters that Gwynn meets, however there is a much darker side to this land and Gwynn faces things that would make even the strongest shrink away. I loved the strength of Gwynn’s character and how she moved from a scared and lost woman to a strong and stubborn one.
Gwynn is a stranger in a land with a language she doesn’t understand yet somehow her magical mind translates images and words into things she knows. This makes for some very funny conversations, misunderstanding, and unique character names that seemingly fit their personalities or appearances.
Rogue’s character was very tough to figure out. Throughout the book it’s hard to tell if he’s a good guy or bad guy, victim or ring leader. When every characters seems to have two faces I often felt like I was walking along side Gwynn and checking over my shoulder to see who would show their true colors. There are so many characters in this book it’s hard to list every one of them and give them sufficient attention. Just know that each one is developed to a depth that lets them come alive in this vivid story like a child’s pop up fairy tale book.

As with all of Kennedy’s work, every detail is flawless and each scene flows effortlessly from start to finish. There is so much more to tell of this world and the brilliant characters that I can’t wait to see where Kennedy takes it. Anyone who enjoys the fantasy world of the Fae will love this book. Just beware, these fae may be bright and carnivalesque, but they hide their talons and fangs under colorful clothes and twisted words.

I really cannot say enough about Rogue’s Pawn. Jeffe Kennedy has outdone herself in this masterful story of love, betrayal, power struggles, and magic in a land where getting what you wish for could be your last mistake.

 

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From Amazon.com

This is no fairy tale…

Haunted by nightmares of a black dog, sick to death of my mind-numbing career and heart-numbing fiancé, I impulsively walked out of my life—and fell into Faerie. Terrified, fascinated, I discover I possess a power I can’t control: my wishes come true. After an all-too-real attack by the animal from my dreams, I wake to find myself the captive of the seductive and ruthless fae lord Rogue. In return for my rescue, he demands an extravagant price—my firstborn child, which he intends to sire himself…

With no hope of escaping this world, I must learn to harness my magic and build a new life despite the perils—including my own inexplicable and debilitating desire for Rogue. I swear I will never submit to his demands, no matter what erotic torment he subjects me to…

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