Half a Soul
Rating: 4.25/5 stars
It’s difficult to find a husband in Regency England when you’re a young lady with only half a soul.
Ever since she was cursed by a faerie, Theodora Ettings has had no sense of fear or embarrassment – a condition which makes her prone to accidental scandal. Dora hopes to be a quiet, sensible wallflower during the London Season – but when the strange, handsome and utterly uncouth Lord Sorcier discovers her condition, she is instead drawn into dangerous and peculiar faerie affairs.
If Dora’s reputation can survive both her curse and her sudden connection with the least-liked man in all of high society, then she may yet reclaim her normal place in the world. . . but the longer Dora spends with Elias Wilder, the more she begins to suspect that one may indeed fall in love, even with only half a soul.
This magical regency fantasy romance tale will completely sweep you away. Following the story of Dora, we see her as she accompanies her cousin to London for the season. As a child, Dora was cursed by a faerie and her emotions are dulled – she has no sense of fear or embarrassment. When Dora meets the infamous Lord Sorcier at a ball and he discovers her condition. As he attempts to help her condition, Dora becomes entangled in a web of strange faerie goings on, but will her reputation survive spending so much time with the uncouth Elias Wilder?
Half a Soul is the perfect book for a summer evening. It’s the kind of story you get completely caught up in, and you absolutely cannot help but fall in love with the characters. If you love quick, snarky dialogue and the grumpy/sunshine trope, you’re going to adore Dora and Elias. I loved seeing their relationship develop. The story felt really well plotted and there was never a dull moment. The regency setting felt so vivid and it really came to life in Atwater’s writing style. It’s an engaging story, full of charm and if you love regency fantasy tales you cannot miss this one.
Ten Thousand Stitches
Regency housemaid Euphemia Reeves has acquired a faerie godfather. Unfortunately, he has no idea what he’s doing.
Effie has most inconveniently fallen in love with the dashing Mr Benedict Ashbrooke. There’s only one problem; Effie is a housemaid, and a housemaid cannot marry a gentleman. It seems that Effie is out of luck until she stumbles into the faerie realm of Lord Blackthorn, who is only too eager to help Effie win Mr Ashbrooke’s heart. All he asks in return is that Effie sew ten thousand stitches onto his favourite jacket.
Effie has heard rumours about what happens to those who accept help from faeries, but life as a maid at Hartfield is so awful that she is willing to risk even her immortal soul for a chance at something better. Now, she has one hundred days – and ten thousand stitches – to make Mr Ashbrooke fall in love and propose. . . if Lord Blackthorn doesn’t wreck things by accident, that is. For Effie’s greatest obstacle might well prove to be Lord Blackthorn’s overwhelmingly good intentions.
In this second installment in Olivia Atwater’s Regency Faerie series, we follow Effie, a housemaid who has fallen in love with the gentleman Benedict Ashbrooke. She knows that they could never be married because she’s a housemaid, but when she finds herself in the faerie realm and meets Lord Blackthorn, he offers to help her win Ashbrookes heart in exchange for stitching ten thousand stitches to his favourite jacket. Effie knows help from faeries always comes with a price but is she willing to risk her soul for the chance of getting everything she’s dreamed of?
I really thought when I read Half a Soul that it would be my favourite in the series, but after reading Ten Thousand Stitches this one is definitely my favourite. I didn’t want to put this book down and read through it in a single sitting. Just like the previous book, it’s full of charm and magic. This story is just as heartwarming as Half a Soul and if you’re looking for something light and fun in between epic fantasy tomes, this is the perfect series for that. I think the reason I adored Ten Thousand Stitches is in part due to our main protagonist, who is so stubborn and determined to succeed. The book also delves into some social commentary around class which was really interesting to read. Overall Ten Thousand Stitches is a fantastic installment in the series and I cannot wait to read more from Olivia Atwater.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Proper Regency ladies are not supposed to become magicians – but Miss Abigail Wilder is far from proper.
The marriageable young ladies of London are dying mysteriously, and Abigail Wilder intends to discover why. Abigail’s father, the Lord Sorcier of England, believes that a dark lord of faerie is involved – but while Abigail is willing to match her magic against Lord Longshadow, neither her father nor high society believes that she is capable of doing so.
Thankfully, Abigail is not the only one investigating the terrible events in London. Mercy, a street rat and self-taught magician, insists on joining Abigail to unravel the mystery. But while Mercy’s own magic is strange and foreboding, she may well post an even greater danger to Abigail’s heart.
In this third installment in Olivia Atwater’s Regency Faerie series, we follow Abigail Wilder. When young women start dying mysteriously in London, Abigail is determined to investigate the cause. Her father – the Lord Sorcier – thinks it might be the work of a dark lord of faerie. Abigail believes she can stop him, and teaming up with a street rat named Mercy, the two must do everything they can to unravel the mystery.
This beautiful third book in the series captivated my attention just as much as the previous two and it was full of the charm and beautiful writing that I’ve come to expect from Olivia Atwater. This installment has a bit more going on and it was so interesting watching Abigail attempt to unravel the mystery behind the dying women. Atwater has a brilliant way of making you just completely adore the main character and that’s exactly how I felt about Abigail. Longshadow is an entertaining read that’s full of heart. If you’ve read the other two books in the series I highly recommend picking this one up. These stories all felt so unique and engaging so if you haven’t had the chance to try them out they are absolutely perfect for binge reading.