Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Mama always said, don’t go near the lake. Rin already knew the forest was filled with dark things, but aside from Mama no one had warned him about the lake. One day, Rin wanders off to the lake, where a beautiful blue horse asks him to go for a swim, and Rin learns too late it may not be a swim he survives.
I have to admit it took me a little while to connect with a character who referred to his lover as his “snack” and thought about eating him or his bone marrow. I was dubious until about halfway through that this would have a HEA and that the old adage about creatures staying true to their nature might prove out here. You never know….
But Kelpie Blue (Out of Underhill #1) by Mell Eight kept taking one interesting turn after another, and eventually I even enjoyed the peculiar mindset of a Kelpie (thoughts of eating humans included).
I loved the way Mell Eight weaves the Fae and human worlds together here, connecting them through a matter of fact woman running a stables at the edge of a special forest and lake, and her son Rin. That lake and forest are just any plain forests but the entranceway and habitat of the fae as Rin soon finds out.
Side by side with the fae story element is an ongoing one that shows Mama, who raises and races horses, having major troubles with another horse breeder. I thought this was a terrific idea. Just when the whole Rin/Blue aspect of the storyline gets a little overwhelming with their diary dialog (they write back and forth in Rin’s diary) and relationship then we cut away to Mama’s gritty real life issues and the fight to save the farm and their livelihood.
Two thirds into the story, the drama has increased, the suspense and mystery has been raised, and I was just as interested in Mama’s story as I was in Rin’s. Plus there is this whole other guy called Jim who runs Overhill Stables….
Anyhow, by the time the book ends (it ends way too soon), you still have some questions. Ok, a lot of questions. Blue is still a young Kelpie and Rin is, well, a young Rin. Both have a lot of growing to do. I expect Fae politics to start intruding one more into their lives so I can’t wait for the next book to appear.
By the way? Kudos to Mell Eight for keeping Blue as completely non-human and Kelpie as possible. It takes time to relate to him precisely because the author did her job so well. I can’t wait to see what happens as he grows, trepidations notwithstanding. Snack indeed.
Cover art: Michelle Seaver. Beautiful cover and works so well for the story.
Published March 21st 2018 by Less Than Three Press
Original TitleKelpie Blue
SeriesOut of Underhill #1