Castle of Dusk and Shadows: A Fae Pride and Prejudice Retelling (Fae of Brytwilde)

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Castle of Dusk and Shadows: A Fae Pride and Prejudice Retelling (Fae of Brytwilde)

Castle of Dusk and Shadows: A Fae Pride and Prejudice Retelling (Fae of Brytwilde)

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Fitz is absolutely murderous, both figuratively and literally, when it comes to protecting those he cares about, including his new wife and soon to be queen. I thought her dedication to her family and uncovering the truth was very well done, and were good characteristics for her. It would be super interesting to be inside his head and to be able to read his actual thoughts when the story was unfolding. I read across the 'spice' continuum and while this book is a 'no spice' rating there is plenty of fantastic banter, conflict and tension between our main couple. NOTE: other restrictions can be a result of our security platform detecting potential malicious activity.

Then we have some of my all-time favorite tropes: slow burn, he falls first, only one bed, touch her and die. Slown burn full of tension and angst had me turning the pages quickly to find out what would happen next, not only with the mystery, but for their relationship too.Pride and Prejudice meets Gothic fae fantasy in this loose retelling, full of plenty of romantic tension (not spice). I don’t believe for a second that anyone aged 18 who lives in a world like she does would be so obnoxious…isn’t that what the littlest sister is for? The issue I had was more that we get one (ONE) kiss between Fitz and Elle and it's immediately followed by her being convinced that he's a murder. This book has no on page spice, but don't let that fool you into thinking that it isn't deliciously swoony!

The tension between Fitz and Elle was great, and in true PnP fashion he falls first and fights it, and she despises what he stands for, or rather what she THINKS he stands for.Castle of Dusk and Shadows is the first book in Schade's Fae of Brytwilde series and in it she weaves a dark and dangerous world of royal fae politics that is upturned when Elle Blackford, a human woman determined to save her family, goes against the Queen's bargain and marries the Ashwood heir, Prince Fitz, much to his surprise and initial disappointment. Cause, sometimes it seemed to be very extravagant (like, faes could hear everything from very far away and other times it seemed like they didn't), but it wasn't a big deal to me. This was a great standalone with a swoon worthy prince- but I look forward to learning more about the world and the other fae realms in Schade’s future books! Just because of that you should give this book a chance, but if you like to focus more on the story, then continue reading to see what my opinion of the story was. When I first started the book, it felt almost like a carbon copy and not loose, and I was worried for how the magic system would come into play.

I also enjoyed her quirkiness about the contrast of the Victorian-styled human realm and the "impropriety" of the Fae realm. Filled with fae deals and ghosts haunting the halls, there were quite a few twists that deviated from the original story that surprised me. This book did have ghosts and spirits in it, but it was done in a way that was spooky without being weird.Of course, the only question is, can their newly established feelings for each other survive the onslaught of doubt and pressure from those who would seek to tear them apart? The characters, the mystery, the slow burn tension, and world building are immersive and spell bounding.



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