Wendy reviews ‘Full Fathoms Five’ (Fairy Dusted series, Book 3) by Shannon West. Published by Painted Hearts Publishing October 22, 2019.
The first time Bryn Coraline, grandson of King Sameal Coraline, of Hy Brasil, the Orkney Islands and the North Sea, comes to see Kace Darkhammer, Kace slams into him on his way out of his office and the young Selkie faints dead away in his arms. Typical Fae flair for drama. But Kace soon learns that Bryn wants to hire him for a vital mission—to find his Selkie skin that’s been stolen from him as he slept. Without his skin, Bryn can’t return to his home in the sea and will be trapped on land forever. Kace and Bryn set off to travel all over the realm, even going through the Blood Gates to the Human world, and they discover the shocking truth about Bryn’s past, a truth that is more terrible than either of them ever imagined. Using his powers as a witch and a detective, Kace manages to track down the culprit, and along the way, he develops a fierce and burning attraction to the beautiful Selkie that he knows is dangerous. Once he finds his pelt, Bryn will swim out to sea, leaving Kace behind. Yet he’s given his word to Bryn and he has to help him, even if he winds up breaking his own heart.
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Some of my favorite books are ones that involve magic and fantasy realms and this one has all that and more going for it. It’s the third book in the series and the first one that I’ve read but I didn’t feel lost in the world that the author created at all. It was very nicely and simply explained in a way that didn’t make me feel like I was being talked down to or that I had missed out by not reading previous books. I will say that I am intrigued enough by the glimpses of characters from those books that I will be checking out books 1 & 2 directly.
I’ve only read one other book about a selkie and that one didn’t delve too deeply into that character so I was super excited to read about Bryn and what makes him tick. I loved the fact that he was only half selkie and that made him a little bit easier to connect with for the other protagonist. Bryn is a VERY likable guy with amazing (read: horrible) fashion sense and a rather cavalier attitude about how he’s gone through life until now. He definitely has Fae qualities and characteristics and those seem to override his human half. Until he meets Kace.
Kace is a witch and a detective and how fun is that combo???!!! I love strong characters and Kace fits that bill for sure. He has hidden depths that he tries to keep from Bryn. They have to find Bryn’s stolen pelt and as they set out, the mystery and drama ensues. Kace and Bryn become closer even if Kace tries not to and Bryn makes some costly mistakes. It’s quite the adventure and I thoroughly enjoyed following along on their journey.
This story had just the right amount of angst while the guys fought what their attraction might mean. Always fearing the worst, they really get themselves into some situations.
I adored this book. Plain and simple. I hope this a huge series when all is said and done because there’s just so much more I want to know and so many interesting beings to know about!
9.5 Pots of Gold out of 10 or 95% recommended
Shannon makes her home in Georgia and North Carolina with her husband and family. She believes that love is love, no matter the gender. Shannon mostly spends her days at the keyboard trying to elude housework, which stalks her relentlessly.