(Stone Circles # 0.5)
Spicy Romantic Fantasy, Steamy Fantasy, Prequel Novella
fated mates, fae romance, villain origin story
Note: This story is now available on KU. The version I read was a reader magnet and has some changes based on reader feedback.
This novella has some very steamy scenes towards the end and is for mature readers 18+ only.
This prequel to The Borderlands Princess is like ACOTAR meets The Witcher.
Of Smoke and Shadows is the intriguing backstory of the Fire Fae King in a forthcoming first book, author Ophelia Wells Langley’s Stone Circles series. It’s a series of vignettes of the moments that shaped Achill, beginning as a young, mateless prince afraid of his father. He quickly becomes brutal and has some hard life lessons that make him think twice.
There was spicy open door fae romance near the end, so if that’s your thing, the author has you covered! (And if not, consider yourself duly warned!) I also found Achill’s smoke magic interesting, especially since it’s considered substandard in his court. I’m curious how it will be used going forward.
Though not every period in Achill’s life had a full arc for his developing character (I wondered what happened while training with his uncle that changed him so much), the way the plot drops in on key moments very much reminded me of season 1 of The Witcher. The female characters were especially well-rendered, so I’m looking forward to reading The Borderlands Princess.