I thought the premise for this book sounded engaging. A blend of magic and adventure; romance and danger. While it was an enjoyable book, it also missed the mark by a fraction. The potential was huge, the delivery not quite as strong. Here’s my review on To Kill a Fae.
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Genre: Fantasy | Publisher: Jamie A. Waters | Date: 2019 | Buy it here*
Plot: The darkness holds more than just secrets…
Marked for death, Sabine escaped from her home more than ten years ago.
But the Wild Hunt will never give up.
It should have been easy to stay hidden. All Sabine had to do was keep her head down, avoid telling anyone about her past, and above all else — not let her glamour drop. Even the best-laid plans eventually fall apart.
When a charismatic stranger arrives in the city, Sabine finds herself unwittingly drawn to him and the power she can sense hidden within him. Keeping her distance is nearly impossible, especially after a life debt is called due and she’s tasked into helping steal a rare artifact.
Sabine is the only one who can break the magical barriers protecting the item, but that means revealing the truth about her identity and exposing her darkest secrets. Unfortunately, the Fae aren’t the only ones hunting her. And the most dangerous monsters aren’t always confined to the dark.
I received To Kill A Fae from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
To Kill A Fae Review
I enjoyed this book. The characters are engaging and the growing attraction between the main characters made it fun. There was some mass over-sexualisation of the main character, however. The pacing also felt a bit off at times with long trips down memory lane. Enjoyable, but didn’t blow me away.
There’s no denying the characters are an eclectic mix!
Our main character is Sabine, a fae with a secretive and complicated past. She’s powerful with both weapons and magic. Sabine is headstrong and knows her own mind, which makes her a fun protagonist. It’s hard to define some of her relationships but she cares deeply for those she’s close to.
Malek is an enigmatic stranger. He was my favourite character, but for a lot of the book, you’re held at an arm’s length. You know he is hiding his identity and a little too much was focused on his big secret. It felt he could have done more if this was revealed earlier.
Bane and Dax are demons, although I never felt I knew what that meant apart from an aversion to sunlight and possessiveness over Sabine. Dax’s attitude towards Sabine annoyed me. It was over-sexualised and made him hard to like, despite his potential as a good guy. It was overplayed and extreme, which also undermined Sabine.
There’s also a human witch and a pixie thrown in for good measure!
“You’re going to pull this nonsense now? We’re under siege here. Pull your heads out of your asses and focus, people. We don’t need to be fighting amongst ourselves.”To Kill A Fae by Jamie A. Waters
At its core, this is a book about magic.
The main plot is focused around retrieving an artefact. As it’s revealed what this object is, you know it holds powerful magic.
But more intriguing is what the characters themselves can do. You’re led to understand Sabine is strong, although I never felt it was clear what the rules of the magic were or what she could do. It was refreshing she wasn’t omnipotent though and you saw the consequences of her magic.
Malek has power, even if I can’t say it’s magic per se. Same with Bane and Dax – you know they’re magical, but not what it means.
Secondary themes run throughout, with the budding romance between Sabine and Malek taking centre stage. It’s the classic case of secrets keeping lovers apart though, which was a touch predictable.
The danger felt like it was constantly overshadowed, which undermined the tension.
The writing is good, but not the strongest.
The main problem was the pacing. A lot of energy is focused on Sabine and Malek hiding things. There’s some deliberate skirting around the secrets so the reader remains in the dark, but it didn’t add intrigue.
There’s a lot of exposition and repetitive confrontations between characters, leaving me feeling like the book could be shorter and not lose any content.
To Kill a Fae is a solid read. It has its flaws and could’ve done with a faster pace. But the characters are generally likeable, the magic adds mystery, and I loved the different types of creatures that were involved. If you’re a fantasy fan, then you might enjoy this.
Does this sound like your kind of book? Let me know!
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31 thoughts on “To Kill A Fae Review | Jamie A. Waters”
Ahh it’s so annoying when a book has so much promise but misses the mark with these little things that could have made all the difference! Great review 🙂
For sure! It was good, just lacked something that could have made it a really solid read. Thank you!
Pacing is so important. It determines whether you finish a story then and there and possibly want more. Or take a year to complete. A solid review of this book.
Oh I definitely agree! Thank you!
It sounds like a regular Fae book, based on what I get from your review. But I would say there are better Fae books out there, at this point? Anyway, lovely review!
Possibly so? I’m not sure which others I’ve read that would classify as Fae books to be able to compare.
I’m reading the Harry Potter books so I’m well into magic as a genre right now. However, the pacing sounds like a negative. I love a book that sweeps you away and before you know it, you’re 100 pages in. I’d still give this one a go but maybe on a sunny day when I’ve got nothing else to do
Aha I’m listening to them on audio book so also really feeling the magic right now!
Ooh, thanks for this review! Glad to hear it was enjoyable despite not being game-changing.
Thanks! Yeah it was pretty solid, just need tightening in a few places!
The cast of characters sounds interesting and even elements of plot hold interest for me (I’m a huge fan of faeries) but… if there was a pacing issue, over-sexualization, and lack of detail overall, it probably wouldn’t end up hooking me quite as much as I’d hope! I always appreciate your thorough and honest reviews!
It had a lot of potential for sure just needed a couple of these elements balanced off a little better.
Sounds like a really interesting plot, it just needed better execution.
That’s exactly it – it was almost there!
Ooh I love that the characters were engaging, that’s my favourite kind of novel! I hate over-sexualisation when it feels awkward and isn’t needed. Thank you for sharing x
I know, it definitely wasn’t needed here – and the fact that I was really conscious of it shows that it wasn’t done subtly either!
This is such a great and thorough review of this book! I’m the type of reader that will jump at anything related to fae so this really caught my attention. It’s too bad that so much emphasis was on the secrets between the two characters – that can be quite frustrating to read sometimes but I’m still interested in checking this one out!
It’s definitely still a solid book providing your expectations aren’t too high for sure. There were just a few things that needed tightening up for me personally.
I love the cover! Pace is one of the biggest thing I struggle with when it comes to books, if it’s too slow I get bored and if it’s too fast it feels rushed, haha! Shame about this one, but despite that it sounds like a good read. Great review 🙂
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This was definitely still a good read even if not all the elements quite worked. One of those books that just needed an extra polish I think.
I think I would have found this read a little frustrating I absolutely can’t stand when the writing style is just a little off, although the characters do sound really good x
It had a lot of potential, just needed tightening a little to really work.
This still sound like a great book – minus the annoying missing bits! – so I might even pick it up, even though it’s really not my genre! Your review just made me too curious x
As long as your expectations aren’t too high, it may really work for you.
How disappointing it is when a book does live up to our expectations. A great review Lindsey. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
I know, it’s never fun when that happens for sure. Thank you!
It’s always sad when books don’t get hit the mark! I’m not much of a fan of fae books for some reason—they never quite click for me!
I think this is the first one I’ve read that specifically a fae book so maybe that is partly why it didn’t work for me either.
This book sounds like it has so much promise in terms of the general plot so it’s a shame the pacing was a bit off. I’m glad you still thought it was a solid read though! Great review!
It wasn’t a bad read by any stretch of the imagination, just needed a bit of tightening up. Thanks!
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