Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5
Hatred is a spell only true love can break.
Ángel Cruz is a dedicated session musician, until loyalty to his estranged family forces him to work for Oberon: the feared and hated envoy from the Otherworld. Overnight, Ángel is taken from his life, his friends, his work, and trapped in a hideous mansion in the middle of nowhere, under constant surveillance, and with only the frightening fae for company.
Oberon’s poor understanding of humans combined with Ángel’s resentment and loneliness threaten to cause real harm to the pair. Then a long winter together in the mansion unites them in their love of music. Slowly, Ángel’s anger thaws, and he begins to realize that Oberon feels alone too.
Gradually, these two souls from different worlds form a connection like none other. But hate and prejudice are powerful things, and it’ll take all the magic of their love to stop the wider world from forcing them apart.
Honestly, I am still going back and forth between a 5 star rating and 4.75 for this new twist on a fantasy Beauty and the Beast story from author Jenya Keefe. The writer’s take on fae is quite unique and it not only makes this story but the comparison between our human visually oriented species and the harmonic Fae is one that not only fills this story with amazing scenes and possibilities but can power an entire series. How I hope it does.
The Musician and the Monster by Jenya Keefe is as I said is a slight take Fae take on the wonderful Beauty and The Beast storyline. Here the Beast is represented by a lone fae whose come through a portal from his world to the human one and now he’s sequestered away, alone, in a mansion, wanting a companion. The Beauty of this tale? A hispanic session musician named Ángel Cruz, who becomes the Fae’s companion through messy dealings of his father’s. That’s the plain facts that this incredible story and romance is built upon.
I will admit I am more enthralled here by Keefe’s world building and her clear understanding of species differences than by the romance. Oberon’s excitement and understanding of the way human’s communicate visually through facial movements, clothing choices, tattoos, hair colors, etc. is fascinating and spot on. Especially as it’s something “alien” to his own species and world which operates harmonically and communally….a wide cultural canyon stretching between humans and Fae is both acknowledged and understood. To a degree.
The relationships here are built slowly as acceptance is hard won, as it should be, as cultural differences and misunderstandings are exposed and explained.. I really wanted so many parts of this story to be expanded, because they delighted and made me think of more possibilities. I love the interchanges between Oberon and Angel, especially when it came to music as a bridge and the use of the Podcasts was a brilliant element.
I don’t want to reveal more about the story or characters but just to say this cries out for more. A sequel, a series, just more. I found the characters astonishing, the world building not enough because it just threw up questions I needed the answers to. What I got? Imaginative and thoroughly compelling in its ability to make me start drawing my own outlines and ideas as to what awaited on the other side of that portal. I really need to know.
If you love fairy tales combined with a new twist and a wildly different take on Fae, I absolutely recommend The Musician and the Monster by Jenya Keefe. it’s exciting, very well written, with great characters and a fast paced plot. A must read for all fantasy lovers.
Cover By: Shayne Leighton. What a beautiful, haunting cover. Just perfect for this story. I love it.
Pre order Sales Link: Riptide Publishing
Soon to be published by Riptide Publishing
Release Date: 09/30/2019
Word Count: 80,000
Page Count: ~300
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