It was over before it began.
A druid woman and a Fae man—we were two people from different worlds, only by chance did our paths happen to cross. He was beautiful and damaged and totally captivating. If only I could have continued to buy into the propaganda of fear and hate my people had taught me about the Fae, then maybe I would have believed him to be the savage he appeared to be.
Instead, I offered the cryptic man my help. The time I spent with him allowed me to see the man he was behind the chiseled, formal exterior. What developed between us was tender, intimate, and totally unexpected.
My druid family was not as enlightened as I was. My mom didn’t want me near the Fae; she certainly never would have understood that I had developed feelings for a Fae man. I tried to keep my private life a secret. I tried to keep the peace, but my mother’s threats and intolerance left me with no choice. I had to make the hardest decision of my life. I had to leave the only family I’d ever known. I just never imagined what I’d face when I didn’t make it out in time…
Having read all of the three previous books on the Fae Games, I was very excited to receive an arc for Born of Nothing. Jill warned us, however, that this story would be a little different from the other books. Yes and no. The story is still incredibly well written, same as Shadow Play, Twilight Siege and Shades of Betrayal. However, Born of Nothing is a bit darker and even more intense than the previous parts. This story is about Fen, the Fae we have already met in the earlier books. Being exiled into the Shadow Lands, he has lived there for hundreds of years in solitary. But Rebecca helps him escape. And now, after all those centuries, he needs to adapt to our world. Since it is dangerous for Rebecca to stay with him, she asks her colleague and friend Cat to look after Fen for a while.
Cat is born in a druid family and was taught to fear the fae. So, she is a bit hesitant, but since Rebecca is also fae and not scary at all, she decides to help. Therefore, she lies to her mother, because her mother definitely disapproves of her friendship with Rebecca. Let alone being around a male fae. Slowly, both Cat and Fen discover that there is so much more than meets the eye.
But then, Cat gets caught for being with fae. And her mother asks the help of another druid to ‘re-educate’ Cat on the values of druids. It is heartbreaking, terrifying and extremely well written. It shows us, what horrible things people are capable of and how minds of people are twisted, almost beyond repair. Sadly, this also happens in real life and Jill Ramsower just creates a very believable scenario. So yes, dark and sinister. But also gripping, funny and heartwarming. Well done, Jill, and of course: five out of five stars from me. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Publisher: Jill Ramsower
Published: March 2019
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥