Prince of Air and Darkness Audiobook

Prince of Air and Darkness Audiobook

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Written By: M.A. Grant
Narrated By: John Solo
Date: June 2019
Duration: 12 hours 32 minutes

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Prince of Air and Darkness Audiobook Summary

Phineas Smith has been cursed with a power no one could control. Roark Lyne is his worst enemy and his only hope.

The only human student at Mather’s School of Magick, Phineas Smith has a target on his back. Born with the rare ability to tap into unlimited magick, he finds both Faerie Courts want his allegiance-and will do anything to get it. They don’t realize he can’t levitate a feather, much less defend the Faerie Realm as it slips into civil war.

Unseelie Prince Roark Lyne, Phineas’s roommate-and self-proclaimed arch nemesis-is beautiful and brave and a pain in the ass. Phineas can’t begin to sort through their six years of sexual tension masquerading as mutual dislike. But Roark is also the only one able to help Finn tame his magick.

Trusting Roark’s mysterious motives may be foolish; not accepting his temporary protection would be deadly.

Caught in the middle of the impending war, Phineas and Roark forge a dangerous alliance. And as the walls between them crumble, Phineas realizes that Roark isn’t the monster he’d imagined. But their growing intimacy threatens to expose a secret that could either turn the tide of the war . . . or destroy them both.

The only human student at Mather’s School of Magick, Phineas Smith has a target on his back. Born with the rare ability to tap into unlimited magick, he finds both Faerie Courts want his allegiance—and will do anything to get it.

They don’t realize he can’t levitate a feather, much less defend the Faerie Realm as it slips into civil war.

Unseelie Prince Roark Lyne, Phineas’s roommate—and self-proclaimed arch nemesis—is beautiful and brave and a pain in the ass. Phineas can’t begin to sort through their six years of sexual tension masquerading as mutual dislike. But Roark is also the only one able to help Finn tame his magick.

Trusting Roark’s mysterious motives may be foolish; not accepting his temporary protection would be deadly.

Caught in the middle of the impending war, Phineas and Roark forge a dangerous alliance. And as the walls between them crumble, Phineas realizes that Roark isn’t the monster he’d imagined. But their growing intimacy threatens to expose a secret that could either turn the tide of the war…or destroy them both.

Contains mature themes.

Prince of Air and Darkness by M.A. Grant Reviews

GUYS. I love this book so much??? You guys don’t even understand. This book came out of nowhere and hit me square in the feels. WHAT THE HELL.

You have a soft human (Phineas, also known as Finny or Finn) who can’t control his tie to the ley line and has monsters coming at him from all sides, and then there’s the princely fae (Roark) who will do everything to protect Finny whilst denying he has feelings for him.

Trigger warnings for torture scenes.

So. I will say that the cover DOES NOT match the tone for the book at all. I saw the cover awhile back and without reading the blurb, I thought this was going to be a MC (motorcycle club) romance and almost didn’t pick this one up. I feel like the story is lighter than the cover suggests. This is instead, a book where two fae courts are in a tense standstill and war seems to be just on the horizon. There’s the Seelie and Unseelie Courts, also known as the Summer and Winter Courts. This book has a strange balance of funny and endearing, mixing with it scenes of torture and ANGST.

This story takes place at a college, but it’s unclear what kind of college they’re at (besides it being a school of magic for magical beings. It’s mentioned a few times that they’re getting their Master’s degree, but I’m assuming they were there for their Bachelor’s as well? I do find it interesting that Roark is going through the motions of school while being an undefined “centuries” years old.

There’s a lot happening in this book, and a lot of the world-building is confusing, but I find this book is more about the characters even though there is a lot of stuff happening in the plot. I hate getting out of a book to Google something, so I did spend the entire book confused between the differences between the unseelie and seelie beings. I’m not sure how important it is to know beforehand some of the more intricate details of faeire lore before starting this book, but I sure didn’t know a whole lot and I think I managed to get the gist of it. Roark is the second prince of the Unseelie Court and his time on campus is to be look over his Court’s subjects. His unspoken duty is that he must look after Phineas.

Phineas is a soft human boy who is built like a football player and has the biggest heart. All he wants to do is to learn how to control the ley line magic coursing through him in order to save his parent’s farm. The power of the ley line is very powerful and no one is known to have survived very long with the power, and honestly, his acceptance that he could die very soon just breaks my heart.

Roark has his own sacrifices to make too, of course. And I do love Roark a lot but I do have moments where I see him in a different light and I wonder if he really deserves the pure hearted Finn. His time before meeting Finn is one of darkness. He has made a name for himself by torturing just about anyone for information if it benefits his Court. By the time we meet Roark, he’s a different person and a lot of that does have to do with Finn, but that side of him is still a part of him. So, I feel like the one torture scene in the middle of the book I could have done without, or at least without Roark leading it.

That being SAID. I do enjoy reading Finn and Roark’s interactions with one another. It starts off kind of enemies-to-lovers, with a lot of snark between the two. But, OH, there is a LOT of pining involved and Roark consistently jumping into situations to save Finn’s life. Their interactions with one another makes me grin like a SAP and I’m pretty sure I have almost half their lines highlighted on my Kindle just because they’re so precious (even when they try to break my heart).

There are some moments of this book that remind me a LOT of what Aelin goes through with her fire in the Throne of Glass books, and even the title reminds me a lot of Cassandra Clare’s book, Queen of Air and Darkness (who is Roark’s mother’s title in this book). There are hints of the Foxhole Court books too in this story and of COURSE any mention of the ley line reminds me of the Raven Cycle books. So, there are moments in this story that feels like a mixture of YA books, rather than an adult m/m romance. This probably falls into that in-between of NA because the characters are in college and aren’t teens. There are a few sex scenes, but they’re easy enough to skip over if you don’t want to read them.

This story ends on a HFN, and I’m kind of sad that the following books in the series don’t follow with more Finn and Roark. In the vein that this book feels like so many YA books even though it’s not YA, it seems weird to switch to other characters’s stories with each new book and I feel like there are some (minor) questions left unanswered from Finn and Roark’s story. The book never shows whether or not Finn ever tells his parents what he’s decided at the end and I really wish it did. It seems empty for them to not know what’s happened, considering how sweet they are and Finn is their only child.

So, with the rest of the books in this series, well, I have THOUGHTS. I liked Sebastian in this story, but I just don’t see why we need to have a new pairing to tell the rest of the books. Because while there is an impended war, I feel like Finn and Roark could have carried on the rest of the books. But maybe that’s because I love Finn and Roark too much and just want to read more from their POVs. I have my suspicious that judging by the title for book three that it’ll be about Roark’s older brother? So, I admit that could be interesting, if we really MUST change love interests each book.

In conclusion, I love this book a lot, and while I’m sort of hesitant about the rest of the books in this series, I will still read them. -Carol (bookish_notes)

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MM Fantasy is a hard subgenre for an author to get correct for my tastes. I say that because, as a reader, I don’t have a lot of stories that I’ve 4- or 5-starred.

My first read for Grant delivered so many good things though. I quite enjoyed this book.

Finn and Roarke are students at Mather’s School of Magick, but they are both in their early 20s. The book didn’t read as YA though. There is a lot of maturity in the characters that I was pleasantly surprised by.

Finn is human, but born to exceptional circumstances as he’s able to tap into the unlimited magick of the ley line. For this reason, he is hunted on a regular basis by all different creatures of this world.

His roommate, Roarke, has disliked Finn since they started school. Ok, he’s secretly been in love with Finn for years, but no one needs to know that. Certainly not his mother, the Queen, who, has abducted and tortured Finn herself to try to get access to the ley line.

The world building was fun, BUT this story did cross the line that so many fantasy stories cross, which, for me, is way too much going on. Everything but the kitchen sink is in this book. I won’t say it hindered my enjoyment, but I really wish it was a tad toned down.

What MADE this book for me was the romance. There is a definite slow burn between Finn and Roarke, since they “hate” each other.

Once feelings are revealed, however, all bets are off. I soaked up every ounce of pining to be had. The relationship angst here was all the things! It was marvelous!

So many fantasy stories lose the romance to the back burner. That was not the case here, particularly in the second half.