Reviews for Already Published Books

REVIEW: Nine Years of Silver by Parker Foye

summary

43682762Publisher: Self-pub
Release Date: April 16, 2019
Received From: Review copy from the author

Briar Augustin, a bounty hunter, returns to his hometown on the trail of a killer. There he becomes once more entangled with his first love, Quinn Lawrence, who is as integral to Briar’s hunt as he is to the mythology of Lastings. Can Briar find his bounty and return to the city, resisting the call of the sea? Or will he be drawn back into Lastings’ secrets—and the arms of Quinn Lawrence?

Lastings: Where some things can only be mined out.

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Nine Years of Silver is the first story from Love Has Claws, a speculative romance trilogy linked by the town of Lastings.

Content Warnings: mentions of abusive childhood; bloody violence; off-screen murder; drowning (real/dream); claustrophobic scenes.

gender sexuality romantic pairings

GENDER: not specified
SEXUALITY: queer (not specified)
ROMANTIC ORIENTATION: queer (not specified)
PAIRING: M/M

tropes tags warnings

TROPES: second chance romance, first love, childhood sweethearts
TAGS: adult, speculative fiction, fantasy, mythology, historical, romance, queer romance, queer characters
WARNINGS: child abuse mention, violence, drowning, claustrophobia, alcoholism mention, physical injury

review

This novella was a quick, enjoyable read!

The story is so atmospheric–just as moody, dreamy, and slightly creepy as the cover and blurb would indicate. I really enjoyed the town that Foye created and the silent loyalty of the townspeople towards the mysteries of their home. And there are mysteries a plenty, which served to make the story both intriguing and all the more perplexing as you tried to figure out what they were. We only get insight into a couple of them, but it makes the reader all the more interested in getting more from this series.

The main character and love interest were interesting characters–men bearing heavy secrets and dark pasts, who ache for the simplicity of existing and being together. They’re made of sharp edges and messy pasts and intense emotions, and they fall together so easily after years apart. I would’ve liked to see a little bit more of them together after so much time spent away from each other, but within the context of this story, I felt that the abrupt reignition of their romance to be fitting and thought it worked with the story.

Also, I loved the inclusion of selkie mythology within this story! There are so few books that incorporate selkies and they’re such interesting creatures. Hopefully, Foye will explore them more and build up more of the worldbuilding and mythology they’ve created in this story.

rating4 STARSabout the author

14823987Parker Foye writes speculative-flavoured romance under the QUILTBAG umbrella and believes in happily ever after, although sometimes their characters make achieving this difficult.

An education in Classics nurtured a love of heroes, swords, monsters, and beautiful people doing stupid things while wearing only scraps of leather. You’ll find those things in various guises in Parker’s stories, along with kissing (very important) and explosions (very messy). And more shifters than you can shake a stick at.

Parker lives in the UK but travels regularly via planes, trains, and an ever-growing library.

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review by nicky tyler

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