Book Review: The Dark Huntsman by Jessica Aspen


An evil queen, a dangerous man, and a witch, tangled together in a tale of Snow White…

Desperate to save the last of her family from the murderous Faery Queen, Trina Mac Elvy weaves a spell of entrapment. But instead of a common soldier, the queen has released the Dark Huntsman, a full blooded fae with lethal powers.

Caged for treason, Logan Ni Brennan, is ready to do anything to win free of the manipulative queen, even if it includes running a last errand for her…murdering a witch. The sight of Trina, ready to fight despite the odds, gives him another option: use the witch as a chess piece, put the queen’s son on the throne, and bring down the queen forever.

As the queen slides into insanity and her closest advisor makes plans to succeed to the throne, Logan secrets Trina away in the enchanted forest and makes a decisive move in his dangerous game of manipulation. But the gaming tables of fate turn on him, and when Trina’s life is threatened he discovers he risks more than his freedom…he risks his heart.

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About the Author: jessica

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies.

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My Review:

Once upon a time there was a steamy faerie re-telling of Snow White…Playing with fairy tales has never been so popular – but can prove dangerous to an author. After all, taking a story that has been told to death, can be boring for readers. The Dark Huntsman is a fantastic example of a book that is just enough different to capture the reader, but just enough true to the original Snow White story to make you feel comfortable.

I really enjoyed this book. It puts the Faerie back into the fairy tales and gives us interesting characters that really push the boundaries of the traditional. It’s certainly not a YA or even a NA read and I’d recommend to over 18s only. It’s also part of a new series, which promises to take our childhood favourites and make them hot enough to inspire and entertain an adult audience.

From a writer’s perspective, the plot moved along nicely, and although I don’t tend to like third person narrative, it was very effective in this book. For once though, I actually preferred the male character over the female one. Trina got a bit annoying after a while, but Logan seemed to be more rounded out as a character. My only issue with the book is that fairy tales have been over-used of late, and a good piece of writing could get lost amongst the dross – although to be honest, it’s the chance all us authors take when we send our little literary soldiers out into the world.

The front cover is very pretty, but as Logan is equally involved in the story telling, I would have liked to see him on their too – after all it is a romance and it always feels right to have both protagonists on the cover.

Overall I’d give The Dark Huntsman 4 out 5 – definitely worth curling up by the fire with on a cold winter night

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