Title: Hawk Fae
Series: The World of Fae #6
Author: Terry Spear
Narrated by: Elizabeth Phillips
Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
Format: Unabridged Audiobook
Publisher: Terry Spear
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Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses
Sometimes doing a good deed can prove to be a disaster, Ena, dragon shifter fae, discovers as she must flee her home. But her staff chooses to go with her and deal with the dangers to reach the safety of the hawk fae kingdom, if the king there welcomes them. The human, Brett, promises to help her escape the marriage to the despicable dragon fae prince, rather than return home to his Earth world. And now all the dragon shifter fae are at risk of having to face the dragon fae king's wrath.
Esmeralda, the hawk fae king's sister has been imprisoned by the griffin on their island for half of her life and she finally makes her escape, only she gets herself into even more trouble.
Against her wishes, Ena must forsake Brett on the journey, and he finds his world is turned upside down once again and now he has to survive the life or death trials of the phantom fae kingdom.
HAWK FAE by Terry Spear is another wonderful addition to Terry's World of Fae series! This one seems to serve as more of a transition from the last book, DRAGON FAE, to the next book, PHANTOM FAE as the ending is rather abrupt and there's a cliffhanger of sorts which is an anomaly for the books in this series. I missed that there wasn't a satisfying ending, but that's ok, as I already have PHANTOM FAE queued up to go on my phone!
In my opinion, this book would not work well as a standalone, as this particular storyline and characters were introduced in the last book, DRAGON FAE. Whereas the former books all worked well as standalones, I believe that the reader needs to be familiar with the story and the characters from the first book, THE DARK FAE, for full enjoyment of this storyline. So... if you want to jump into the series, and you don't want to read all the prior books, at least read the first book before starting fifth book. If you do it that way, you will not be lost in the current plot. Truly, every book in this series have been endearing treats that I can see myself listening to over and over again. For your maximum enjoyment, I'd highly recommend you start from the beginning as the series is best read in order.
As HAWK FAE begins, dragon shifter fae Ena is making preparations to flee her castle in the Dragon Fae kingdom with her horde of treasure and her staff of faithful misfits. She is leaving because the Dragon Fae king had decreed that Ena would wed the evil Prince Grotto. Ena is vehemently opposed to marrying the Prince, so her only choice is to leave and find refuge in the Hawk Fae kingdom. However, the trip will be fraught with danger and it will not be easy. This was truly an exciting, action-packed installment as it included a shipwreck, No Man's Land, vampire fae, freaky sand snakey creatures, multiple sword fights, cliff-side rescues, and much, much more!
Terry creates the most incredible flights of fantasy - in this case, fae-tasy - with her books. Following please find a few of my favorite quotes from HAWK FAE illustrating the humorous element in this story:
"They are here to help pack the gold, mistress. The women wouldn't be able to do it quickly enough , but I reverently ask that you don't tell them I said so. The last time I said anything about Cook's culinary arts, I ate burned food for a week and when I said anything to your lady's maid about how she should do more to help to help you, she put double of starch into my sheets when she ironed them.... She scorched a hole in the sheets at the foot of the bed and my toes got caught in it in the middle of the night."
She wondered if he thought this was all a lark, a game. She'd been to Disney World once. There the fairies were cute and sweet and didn't attempt to kill the visitors. Living here wasn't anything like the human faerie fairs or theme parks.
Alton shifted so he could talk to the man. He'd been to earth before and watched some of the silly shows, the ones where one cop would play the good guy and the other the bad buy. Ena was definitely the bad dragon in this scenario, her eyes glowing bright green, threatening, a little bit of smoke coming out of her nostrils. She was fire breathing mad.
We were introduced to Elizabeth Phillips' narration in the last book, DRAGON FAE. I still miss the narrator from the first four books, but Elizabeth has stepped up to the plate and she is doing very well. I'm so glad the series is continuing in audio form. I still miss the prior narrator's playful tones - she was perfect for this whimsical series - but Elizabeth's voice is very clear and she is doing a good job voicing the characters. I would not hesitate to pick up another book narrated by Elizabeth Phillips.
If you love fairies and YA fairy tales, I highly recommend that you delve into Terry's delightful World of Fae series! This is a series that you can enjoy with your children or grandchildren. It's perfect for the young and old alike! LOL! I'm in my sixties and am obsessed with it!