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Book Review: The Flame and The Arrow (The Annika Brisby series: Book 1) by Emigh Cannaday

The Flame and the Arrow (The Annika Brisby Series, Volume 1)

Book synopsis:

“Don’t do it, Annika,” he taunted. His eyes were no longer bright and charming but dark and intense, yet they still twinkled. He was tempting, but was he harmful?

Aspiring rock star Annika Brisby thinks she knows where her life is going until she steps through a broken portal that leaves her stranded in a realm of fairies, vampires, and other mythical beings. Unable to return until it’s repaired, she’s rescued by wood nymphs who believe her sudden arrival is no accident. After being taken in by a prominent family of elves, Annika finds herself struggling to resist the seductive spell of their youngest son, Talvi. Equal parts arrogant and alluring, the notorious heartbreaker seems like the perfect distraction for her homesickness. Her new friends warn her that she’ll probably regret ever laying eyes on him, and what begins as a casual fling quickly burns too hot to handle. By the time Annika learns the consequences of their forbidden trysts, Talvi’s already under her skin and dangerously close to her heart. But on the journey home she discovers that there’s a mountain of secrets that he’s not telling her, and Annika can’t help wondering who’s really in danger.

* Previously titled Balkan Magic, The Misadventures of Annika Brisby

My Review:

I can’t say this enough….I love fantasy of all types. So when I was approached with the opportunity to review The Flame and The Arrow (and after reading the synopsis), I literally jumped at this chance.

I wasn’t let down.

This book takes you through a journey through a parallel universe where you meet ogres, fairies, elves, vampires, wood nymphs and druids. Annika herself finds out some very interesting information about herself during this journey.

I loved the mostly love story between herself and Talvi. At some points very sexual (stress very, there is a BDSM scene in there that rivals a certain Grey book) and at some points sweet, I thought it was interesting to see their relationship evolve to where it did.

The other storylines (Yuri/Konstantine, Finn/Hilda are a couple) were very fun to read also and added to the plot, instead of taking away. Plus there’s the matter of Talvi’s secrets. The author didn’t reveal them all at once, instead she dragged them all out over the course of the book….which made it very, very, very interesting to read.

The ending was very bittersweet and it was written exactly how I imagined it to be. I won’t say that I wasn’t surprised by it, though….lol.

Will I read this book again? Yes!!!

Will I reccomend this book to family and friends? Yes but with a warning of the intense sex scenes.

Age range: Adult. Again, because of the intense sex scenes.

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Disclaimer: I received The Flame and the Arrow from Emigh Cannaday for free for my honest review. All opinions stated in my review are mine and mine alone.

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9 thoughts on “Book Review: The Flame and The Arrow (The Annika Brisby series: Book 1) by Emigh Cannaday

    1. I loved the cover too. Totally captured Annika and Talvi!! And I’m not really into it either. Was very surprised when I read those scenes….lol.


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