Thursday, September 8, 2011


Title: Heartsong
Author: S. W. Vaughn
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-60737-591-3
Genre: {M/M} Fantasy, Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx  

Trystan Raines is plying his trade as a prostitute at a bar in New York when a stranger offers Trystan a deal he could not refuse. Trystan soon discovers that the Fae really do exist.  Along with the offer of a million dollars to play escort for a month, to Prince Braelan, Trystan is caught in the middle of a deadly conspiracy, as well as finding the love of his life.   

Heartsong is Book two of the Fae trilogy.  The intriguing plot highlights the fairy world.  Braelan is a prince of the Seelie clan, Braelan’s bodyguard Uriskel is part of the conquered Unseelie clan.  Considered to be monsters, the Unseelie clan is rumored to be the origin of all the woes contaminating the humans.  Trystan is a homeless barely surviving human.   

As the story unfolds, the connection to the first book Skin Deep is revealed, along with Braelan’s revelation of his true connection to Uriskel.  The plot illustrates how lies can shatter a person’s life, in addition to how truth can bring about a change in feelings.  Braelan’s personality emerges as a bored egotistical man with unused skills, a disdain for hard work and a lack of ambition.  His source of entertainment is having sex with Trystan, touring New York and inflicting pain on Uriskel.    However, Braelan is being manipulated by a false friend and Uriskel is being manipulated by their father, the King.  Trystan is being guided by his need for money to survive, as well as his love for Uriskel.

The storyline exhibits deadly betrayals, brutal action, magic, a dash of humor as well as an edgy anticipation.  S. W. Vaughn’s Heartsong is a fantastic, extremely enjoyable saga.

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