Title: Court of Blood and Bindings
Author: Lisette Marshall
Series: Fae Isles #1
Length: 436 pages
Release Date: June 22, 2022
Source: Paper Myths book tour
Recommended for fans of: ACOTAR, Caraval
Content Warnings: violence, torture, emotional and physical abuse, reference to child abuse
They call him the Silent Death, because he kills without sound and leaves none capable of speaking in his wake…
When the empire’s deadliest fae murderer catches her wielding forbidden magic, twenty-year-old Emelin believes her hour has come. Instead, her inhumanly beautiful captor spares her life, but carries her off on his velvet wings – into the one place from which no human ever returns.
The heart of the Fae Isles. The treacherous Crimson Court, where the Mother of faekind has ruled unchallenged over fae and humans for decades.
The Silent Death is supposed to be the Mother’s loyal servant, her invincible warrior, her ruthless, soulless killer. But in the shadows he is playing a game of his own, and he needs Emelin’s magic to win it.
If she agrees to work with him, she could free all of humanity. But can she trust a fae male with so much blood on his hands? Worse, when his smouldering dark eyes and dangerous secrets reveal glimpses of the heart behind his murderer’s mask… can she trust herself?
Court of Blood and Bindings is the first book of the Fae Isles series, an enemies to lovers fantasy romance featuring a strong-willed heroine and a broody, morally grey hero. This adult fae romance is perfect for readers of Sarah J. Maas, Jennifer L. Armentrout and Raven Kennedy.
Note: Court of Blood and Bindings contains a generous dose of smouldering glances, angry yearning, and midnight meetings of the illicit type, as well as other mature themes.
What an unexpected delight! On the surface this book seems like an ACOTAR copycat, but it was such a fun story with lovable characters, whimsical worldbuilding, and a color-based magic system that was so unique yet very simple to understand.
I adored the enemies to reluctant allies to lovers slow burn. Emelin is a bold and sassy humna who refuses to bend to the mercy of the more powerful fae. Creon, know as the Silent Death for his dark reputation and for his magical inability to speak, is the kind brooding and misunderstood male I love. Emelin and Creon had a great dynamic as they challenged and helped each other practice magic and sign language, giving Beauty and the Beast vibes. So many sweet, soft scenes eventually led to two spicy encounters.
There were a few slow parts to the book, but they only stood out because the rest was so fast-paced. The ending truly got my heart racing, and I am so excited to see where the series goes in the next book!