A Free Dreamer Release Day Review: The Keeper by Kiernan Kelly

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Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

After millennia of hiding in the shadows, the creatures of myth known collectively as the “Others” have stepped forward into the light of day and demanded the right to share the planet humans long ago claimed as their exclusive territory. But the humans have no intention of surrendering without a fight—one that will include genocide. The Others are given no choice but to be ready to defend themselves, and they convene a Council of War to plan their strategy.

But first they must address an ancient and terrifying prophecy: “Heed me well, all of you. Attack the humans without the Keeper and you will fail. Every one of you will become nothing but a memory, a myth, and the humans will truly inherit the earth.”

The Council charges Liam, son of the Sidhe chieftain, with the critical mission to find the elusive Keeper necessary to their survival, but his quest is complicated by the need to find a Keeper determined not to be found.

Marin is an Atlantean who values his privacy, but with the fate of the world at stake, he understands his days of living under the radar are over. Even worse, he must face his past to fight for his future. The last thing he expects is to fall in love along the way.

I loved the idea behind “The Keeper”. There are plenty of books with romances between humans and fantasy creatures, or between two fantasy creatures of the same species. But it’s rare to find books where members of two different fantasy races fall in love. There are a few stories with vampires and shifters falling in love, but I’ve never read a love story with a Sidhe and a Merman.

The romance was a little too insta-love for my tastes. Marin and Liam barely know each other before they fall head over heels in love. Of course Marin shared his deepest memories with Liam and was able to read Liam’s thoughts and memories. Still, the undying love was just a bit too fast for me. I really missed the slow getting-to-know-each-other part and I never quite felt the connection between the two.

I liked that there are so many different fantasy species in this book. I would’ve loved to know even more about them, but the worldbuilding fell a bit flat. We get a decent insight into the lives of the Sidhe and the Atlanteans, but never really find out more about the other species. A real shame.

The beginning was the best part of the book to me. I loved how Marin interacted with the two super cute dolphin girls. It was absolutely adorable and made me like Marin right away.

What really bothered me was the way the characters talked. They switched randomly between old-fashioned and stilted and modern and casual. It was quite jarring.

The whole plot felt a little shallow and rushed. There were so many schemes going on and so many characters were introduced but nothing got any real depth. Maybe there’ll be more explanations in a sequel. The ending certainly left the potential for a follow-up.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was good but not great. A little more depth and a few more pages wouldn’t have hurt, though. The idea behind it was interesting and uncommon. If there ever is a sequel, I am definitely interested in finding out what’s gonna happen next.

The cover by Paul Richmond is really pretty. I like it.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

Book details:

ebook, 2nd Edition, 200 pages
Published October 2nd 2017 by Dreamspinner Press (first published February 1st 2014)
ISBN139781635335767
Edition LanguageEnglish

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