Rating: 5 stars out of 5
As the Fae settle into their life on Tearmann Island, a Fae nation now established on Earth, Diego and the Fae are busy attending to the new state of affairs and international negotiations on the Fae’s behalf. Fae Collective Ambassador, Prince Lugh mac Ethnenn, and his bodyguard and personal aide, Zachary Morrison, who retired from the U.S. Marine Corps, are in New York City at the Fae Embassy established there to promote Fae Awareness while Diego Sandoval, the Human Consul for the Fae Collective and his Pooka lover, Fionchadd or Finn, remain on the island.
But things are never calm for long. Finn comes down with an “uncommon cold” which makes him change shape with every sneeze. Diego is trying to comfort his ill lover and deal with all incoming requests, including one from a group that says they can work magic, and want Diego to mentor them. But these messages turn ominous when Diego ignores them. At the same time, Prince Lugh not only kisses Zach, outing him to his family when the picture is posted, but Zach is critically injured when he is attacked in New York City by a being that looks remarkably like a werewolf. In fact all sorts of supernatural beings are appearing all over earth, from vampires, to ghouls to werewolves….an occurrence that shouldn’t be happening.
That’s just the beginning. A new love is fraught with problems, misunderstandings and stress, while an old love pushed to its limits by an evil that is close and familiar. The recently established nation of Fae on Earth is threatened with new sanctions and laws that might making living together with humans forbidden once more. And the one man they need to help save the situation has lost a piece of his mind. Now they need to save Diego in order to save them all.
Angel Martinez’s Semper Fae (Endangered Fae #3) elevates a series that was already marvelous and complicated into a saga that is rare in its layers of mythology and whose intricacies of plot astonish at each new twist and turn of the author’s pen. Angel Martinez has a multitude of important plot threads running through her story and its how the author intertwines them with each other with a richness and depth that is truly amazing. It really doesn’t seem to matter whether Martinez is dealing with the day to day relationship dynamics of an established couple, even a couple where one is a Pookie and the other a hugely powerful mage or revealing the wider ranging complications that arise when the magical meet the mundane, its how Martinez is able to fold reality into mythology and have the final product feel so real and alive that is an amazing quality all of its own. I really can’t get enough of this series or its addicting characters.
The first tale, Finn (Endangered Fae #1) introduced Finn, a lost and ailing Pookie, to Diego Sandoval, a romance author of hispanic heritage. It laid a solid foundation for the next story and for the love between Finn and Diego, who turns out to be a powerful mage. Diego (Endangered Fae #2) brings all the other Fae into play and a new cast of characters is established, along with the idea of malignant interference from the American military. As Angel Martinez has already established the “normal” threats that might appear to Diego and Finn’s happiness as well as that of the Fae now living on Tearmann Island, a new entity is revealed to crush all that they have worked hard to create. The entity that Martinez creates is both ingenuous and heartbreaking. And its arrival is on top of other perilous situations created by the attack on Zach and outside forces is totally unexpected.
It’s frustrating to write a review here because almost any mention of any part of this story can unintentionally bring a spoiler or two. But Semper Fae is both a recounting of deeply felt love stories as well as a powerful and convoluted tale of mythic beings and a struggle for survival at the most basic level. Here Martinez brings into question what makes a person or being who they are? What happens if one of the basic building blocks of that person’s character is removed? This haunting idea forms the basis of one of the most important plot threads here.
Martinez also deals with the nature of identity on more than one level. Zach has been hiding his homosexuality from his family. A paparazzi’s photograph outs him and then a physical assault changes Zack forever but do either of those events change who Zach is on the inside? Questions upon questions, and not just for the new romance is between ex Marine Zach Morrison and Prince Lugh. Finn and Diego are also in trouble, one that starts off quite funny as a Fae common cold. Even the recently established state of Fae on Tearmann Island comes under attack. The problems mounting here are internal as well as external, subtle and outright. And some are caused by the very people and beings we have come to love.
In Semper Fae, there be dragons (oh how I loved these dragons) with a propensity for Rubic’s Cube and Silly Putty and vampires who lack the taste for blood. As I said the complications build from the beginning of the story and there will be no easy resolution even at the end. That’s as it should be as this story will feed into the fourth tale of this saga. The issues and complications that Martinez has raised here have huge implications for all and the reverberations will continue to spread through relationships of all types and creature bonds.
I will tell you I cried like a baby at times here. This story has its lighthearted moments, and its scenes of darkness and terror. All are beautifully written with vivid descriptions vying with charismatic characters for your attention and heart. You will want to be there with Zach in the dragon’s lair and flee with Finn and other others from a city street flowing with blood. In fact, you won’t want to miss a single sentence from Finn to Semper Fae and beyond. Endangered Fae is one of ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords Best of 2014! Don’t pass it by. But start at the beginning and work your way through an amazing series and characters that are easy to love.
Cover Art by Winterheart Designs. Love the cover.
Published July 11th 2014 by MLR Press (first published January 13th 2013)
seriesEndangered Fae #3
Series in the order they were written and should be read for the events and relationships to be understood: