Best-selling YA author Katie McGarry tries her hand at adult fantasy with a new series set in a world where Faeries, witches, and demons are trying to protect and/or take over the earth. The first book in the series, A Wicked and Beautiful Garden is set to be released on May 5th and shows just how powerful love and magic can be.
Twenty-eight year-old Cassie Strega can’t escape fate. All she wants is to live a normal, quiet life delivering the babies in her small town. But when she discovers she comes from a lineage of witches, her life becomes extraordinary—in the gravely dangerous type of way. Then, she’s reunited with her first love. Orion, the sultry Fae warrior who broke her heart years before, is searching for a baby. Not just any baby, but the queen of the Fae who will one day lead them in their final battle against the demons determined to rule the world. The same baby who has been calling to Cassie for help in her dreams. Fighting the intense attraction of their former blood bond, Cassie and Orion work together to find the child. But when the heartbreak that nearly destroyed Cassie nine years before looms once more, she’ll have to decide whether getting involved in the supernatural war is worth losing everything, including her life.
As many of you know, I’m a massive fan of fantasy books and I found this one to be a fun read! There was a mix of fantasy, adventure, and romance that kept the novel engaging and interesting. While this book remained on the slow burn side of the romance spectrum, the heat and tension between Cassie and Orion is through the roof and will have you begging for more.
This book has faeries, witches, magic, and all the supernatural folklore you could want. While there is some explanation of the politics of the supernatural world, I was hoping for some more descriptions about the inner workings of Fae traditions and the history of witches, so I’m hoping we get more of that in book two.
While we only got a taste of the Fae world in this book, I’m excited to see what’s going to happen in book two! If you’re looking for a new fantasy read, this is a great choice!
*I received an ARC from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
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