I'm pleased to share the next exciting novel in The Birth of the Fae series, Thine Eyes of Mercy by Danielle M. Orsino. Read on for my review, more info, and a chance to win a mystery FairyLoot Crate!
Thine Eyes of Mercy is the second book in Danielle M. Orsino’s Birth of the Fae series. If you enjoyed the first book then you are not going to want to miss out on reading this second installment of the series.
When Thine Eyes of Mercy begins not only has much time passed, but much as happened and many have been lost. The two monarchs have come to the conclusion that maybe...just maybe war is not what is best for them or their people. The cost has been heavy, not just for them, but for the humans who worshiped them. A truce is called. But for how long can it truly last? The treaty they agree on says that the Court of Light can continue with their dealings with the humans as advisors, and that the Dark Court can act as gods and goddesses of vengeance, but will not act in a malicious manner like in the past. It seems that all will be well for a time, but chaos is brewing in a form that could not see coming.
Thine Eyes of Mercy is a step above the first book in the series. I was quickly swept into the storyline and engaged with the characters as they are adjusting once again to change. So many Fae have been lost, and I was surprised and heartbroken to learn of the loss of certain ones. Both Jarvok and Aurora are more aware of the costs that they are facing with their kin. I appreciate that the author gives me more Jarvok in this book as well. I like that he reflects on the Weepers especially after everything that transpired in the first book.
There is a lot going on in this book. There is still friction between Queen Aurora and some of her bishops. It potentially spells trouble, as they really do reflect as self-serving creatures. She sees this, but it raises the question...why continue to tolerate it from them? Queen Aurora has grown as a character, but she seems to still be pretty trusting of those around her. She does handle certain situations swiftly, but other things she allows to slide. I appreciate that I get more characters with this book. The introduction of Queen Mary, King Henry VIII, and Bishop Awynn just to name a few. These characters point the story in this new direction and I like how it comes together.
Despite how much I enjoyed this story, I do feel that once again, there were missed opportunities for more details. I think that a small connector to how book one ended would have been a good idea. I say this because readers will learn of a particular loss because of the wars, but no real explanation as to what has happened. I was hopeful that there would be an explanation to be found, but there isn’t and I can’t help but feel disappointed. This character was one of importance, and so I would have liked to know what happened. I’m also a bit disappointed that King Jarvok doesn’t appear to have lost anyone of importance to him.
I like the twists in this book, but the final chapter has me more than a little confused when it comes to the behavior of the characters. I don’t understand why things devolve like they do, but I trust that there is a reason for it. I’m looking forward to the third book that is coming. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end and encourage those who enjoy fantasy to read this book/series. I am rating this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. This book flows better and gives me more focus on other characters, but I would have liked to know some of the things that transpired to create such losses. If you enjoyed book one, I encourage you to pick this book up.
Birth of the Fae: Thine Eyes of Mercy, Book Two
Publication Date: December 1st, 2021
Queen Aurora, monarch of the Court of Light Fae and King Jarvok, Leader of the Court of Dark Fae are exhausted and battle worn after centuries of fighting. A war of attrition had taken its toll upon their kin and power bases.
What happens when you have to give in to your enemy?
All wars eventually end even magical ones. The Dark and Light Fae have set their elemental magick and weapons down but, all is not quiet in the Veil…
King Jarvok was confident his army could win the war, but at what cost? It was time to act like a King not a power hungry megalomaniac. That was his Creator’s title not his. He reaches out to Queen Aurora, and the Treaty of Bodhicitta is signed.
The treaty promises the Fae will never spill each other’s blood again. Rules for their human worshipers are put into place. The Court of Dark must not interfere with humans in a malignant way, but they can act as gods and goddesses of atonement. The Court of Light can return to acting as advisors to the European royal families, as they have done for centuries.
However, Queen Aurora and King Jarvok will learn that while they were playing war games, their humans have changed and moved away from the old ways.
The two monarchs face unknown challenges in a world where Christianity not paganism is the new power.
Sometimes the devil you know is better than the one you do not.
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Locked Out of Heaven (Birth of the Fae #1)
on the backs of fire-breathing dragons with the Dark Fae and watch
the Light Fae play in the shadows of primitive humanity as they build
their magical world.
Abandoned by their creator, two factions of powerful angels remain on earth after the Great War with Lucifer. They struggle to comprehend their Creator’s plan while their angel wings, a symbol of their angelic lineage, slowly and painfully decay. With no hope of returning to the Shining Kingdom, two groups of angels denounce their angelic lineage and develop into separate factions – the Court of Light, led by Queen Aurora, a former Virtue Angel, and the Court of Dark, ruled by King Jarvok, a former Power Brigade Angel. The two monarchs have opposing views on how to govern their kin, but the one belief they agree on is that human worship equals power.
Birth of the Fae: Locked Out of Heaven is an epic-fantasy adventure of heartbreak, rebirth, and hope that examines the bonds of family, friendship, and love. It is a fantastic tale of good versus evil in a beautiful world, where the Light Fae and their potent elemental magick are tested by the raw power of the dragon-riding Dark Fae warriors.
They are their own beings and masters of their own destiny. They are the Fae.
About the Author
Danielle M Orsino, destined to be a writer from a young age, was working as a nurse and treating a patient who needed some distractions during long I.V. Treatment sessions. So, Orsino reached back to a forgotten skill, A childhood dream. Danielle had wanted to be a writer and so she decided to tell a story. Little did she know the seed would grow into a fantastically epic adventure of heartbreak, hope and rebirth — Birth of Fae: Locked Out of Heaven. Drawing from her passion for comic books, Cosplay and fantasy along with her expert martial arts expertise, Orsino brings forth an electric and hopeful debut.
Danielle is taking on her biggest challenge to date: taking the story born from the long treatment sessions with a patient into a fantasy book series-Birth of the Fae: Locked out of Heaven. Expanding her love of writing, comics and exploring the world of fantasy novels, she delves into the realm of fairies and retells their origins from a completely new perspective. Orsino has a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Exercise science and is an LPN with a special interest in Lyme disease research. Orsino has been widely recognized from her influence and experience in martial arts realm, training for over 20 years and with over 500 tournament wins, and accumulating national and world titles. She has performed for former President of the United States Bill Clinton and has been featured on “Soap Talk, Fox Five news CBS, TLC and E! With this experience, she worked as a Fight Choreographer on ”Wonder Woman: Balance of Power” and has worked with the likes of martial arts legend Vincent Lyn and WWE marvel and action star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Nothing Danielle ever does is simple, look at what NY times Bestselling author Clete Barrett Smith has to say about her debut endeavor: “After summoning this world into existence through an imaginative force of will, Danielle has scoured every inch of the landscape several times over. Critics often praise a story’s world building by saying that it feels “lived in.” Well, the world of the Fae certainly seems like that because Danielle herself has happily lived there for years as she worked to put all of this together…My favorite part of this story is that it is gloriously depicted in vibrant images.
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