Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Audio #Review: Phantom Fae by Terry Spear - 4.5 Wine Glasses

24638189Title: Phantom Fae
Series: The World of Fae #7
Author: Terry Spear
Narrated by: Elizabeth Phillips
Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
Format: Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:05-15-15
Publisher: Terry Spear
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Audible | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Author
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Wine Glasses

Human turned phantom fae Brett has to survive mage trials when he has only just learned he's a mage. And dragon fae shifter Ena is warned that the dragon fae kingdom is in turmoil, something that she vows to help put to rights.

When Brett is forced to fight alongside the phantom fae, which means take a stand against Ena and her kind, he's not doing it. She will always have his loyalty, though when she learns he's one of her enemy fae, and a mage on top of that, she might not feel the same about him.

Still, Prince Grotto is their common enemy, and if it means fighting him, maybe they can work together. Yet, Brett wants more than that with Ena. Will she ever see him as more than just a human fae seer she took as payment for rescuing the kingdom's princess? 

Linda's Thoughts:
"Teach him something useful, will you?"
Elorian shook his head. "It is like housebreaking a puppy. There are bound to be lots of accidents and lots of cleanups." 
Frustrated beyond measure with the whole situation, her missing staff, an out-of control mage, a frozen mage, and a cursed phantom fae turned raven, Ena couldn't believe the mess they were in.

PHANTOM FAE by Terry Spear is a fun, exciting, action-packed installment in Terry's World of Fae series. As the story opens, there's so much going on! Brett is undergoing mage trials and goth Dragon-Shifter-Fae Ena is assisting her fellow dragons in moving from the Dragon Fae kingdom. War is declared and each fae is picking their side. Will Brett fight against Ena? Human Fae seers Brian and Mark don't want to go back to the human world... what will happen to them? Oh my! Just thinking of all the shenanigans makes me want to listen to this story again!

In my opinion, this book would not work well as a standalone, as this particular storyline and characters were introduced in DRAGON FAE and continued in HAWK FAE with PHANTOM FAE as the culmination of the plot that has encompassed three books. Whereas the first four books in this series 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, before delving into 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 the fifth book. If you do it that way, you will not be lost in this current plot. That is not a bad thing! Truly, every book in this series have been endearing treats that I can see myself listening to over and over again. Heck! For your maximum enjoyment, I'd highly recommend you start from the beginning as the series is a banquet of playfulness!

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 PHANTOM FAE :

"Do you think I could win?"
"It matter not what I believe. Only what you believe."
Maracose's comment made Brett think of the Jedi master, Yoda, in Star Wars. But he was determined to win and would try, no, not just try, but he think only positively about the outcome. He would survive the trials.

"Great! I hope different police officers are here this time." 
"Might be, but we're in the same police jurisdiction. I'm certain from the last time you were here, they probably have a record about you. What was it you said? You were playing some game re-enactment the last time you were injured?"
"Yes. How did your brother come up the idea of a paint ball game? That's a good one."
"He's played them here before. He would like to bring the game back to our world, but we fight for real."

"Ena," Brett said.
"Lady Ena, Ryker corrected from the doorway.
Brett smiled. He couldn't imagine her wanted to be called anything but Ena, but he would call her anything that pleased her.
The sharp look she gave her butler made Brett think calling her Lady Ena was out.
Ryker, being his usual unflappable self, just looked at her as if he was in charge and she would go by her new title or else.

We were introduced to Elizabeth Phillips' narration in the fifth 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! The series is great for younger readers, but just as fun for older teens and adults and the stories are perfect for enjoying with your children or grandchildren. LOL! I'm in my sixties and I'm obsessed with it! This segment captured my attention from the beginning to the happy ending with endearing characters and loads of high-spirited adventure along the way. My only complaint is that I didn't want it to end! GOLDEN FAE is the next book in this enchanting series. I can't wait to listen to it!!!!!

Suggested Reading Order:
1) The Dark Fae - Review | Purchase
2) The Deadly Fae - Review | Purchase 
3) The Winged Fae - Review | Purchase 
4) The Ancient Fae - Review | Purchase 
5) The Dragon Fae - Review | Purchase 
6) The Hawk Fae - Review | Purchase 
7) The Phantom Fae

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