Night of the Fae

Ana Martin Series #1

Fiction - Fantasy - General
356 Pages
Reviewed on 05/25/2014
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Author Biography

Lyneal Jenkins was born in Shrewsbury, England in 1980. In 1996, she left home to become a Medic in the British Army. After three years, she resigned the forces to start a family and begin her work with learning disabilities, which is when she was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.

After a failed marriage, she moved to Spain for eighteen months with her children, taking time to reflect on where she wanted her life to go. Since returning to the UK, she began her studies towards becoming a Psychologist.

In February 2011, Lyneal sat down at the laptop with one sentence and a basic concept in mind. She had no idea that she was embarking on the biggest project of her life. The Ana Martin Series has become an intricate tale of epic proportion.

Night of the Fae received Finalist in the Indie Excellence Awards in Cross-genre and the Readers’ Favorite Awards in Fantasy. All four books in the Ana Martin Series have received the Readers’ Favorite Five Star seal.

To date, Lyneal lives with her partner in North Yorkshire along with their seven children. Each day is a balance between normal life and writing. She couldn't be happier.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite

Many of us have strange sensations from time to time but for Ana Martin, there is an amazing explanation – she is connected to a race of special beings through her love for Gabriel, a member of the Siis. Night of the Fae is volume one in the Ana Martin series by Lyneal Jenkins and introduces Ana, as well as Gabriel and other members of his race. Ana has special abilities herself, in addition to a problem with bipolar disorder, but Gabriel’s presence helps her deal with both. As the first human to be affected by the presence of Siis powers, no one knows exactly what will happen. One thing is for certain, though – Ana’s life will never be the same because the evil Fae hunt her as a means to get to Gabriel. Ana tries her best to keep up with her normal life, but will things ever really be the same?

Well-paced and engaging, Night of the Fae by Lyneal Jenkins is the perfect supernatural/fantasy read. Ana, Gabriel and the other characters are carefully developed and realistic in spite of the supernatural nature of some of them. Following their love, hate and trials keeps the pages turning. It is quite easy to get caught up in the swirling emotions that allow you to feel what Ana is feeling. Night of the Fae is a complete book with a conclusion to this part of the story that leads smoothly and naturally into the second volume, Hidden Light. It is certainly well worth the time and is sure to please.

Kathryn Bennett

Night of the Fae (Ana Martin Series (Vol 1) by Lyneal Jenkins introduces us to twenty-six-year-old Ana Martin, with a past that she wants nothing more than to forget. When she meets the handsome Gabriel, she thinks she will be able to move away from her past and embrace her future. However, Gabriel is not what he seems. Ana gets involved with an ancient line of empathetic beings that are known as Siis. When homeless start dying, it brings Ana into their world.

I have read my share of Fae books before and I have to say that Lyneal Jenkins has created a whole different take on the world of the Fae. This book is full of different twists and turns and a great deal of angst to keep a reader interested. The characters are deep and have many layers so that you feel them coming off the page; they could be real. I think there are things we still need to get to know about them, maybe some deeper secrets? Can’t say for sure, of course, but I am very glad that this is Volume 1 because that means we will get more of the story and I can find out if my thoughts are right. The flow of this book is good and makes for an easy read; my only complaint is the editor could probably go over it one more time just to double-check things. With that said, I would recommend this book because it is a solid, entertaining story.

Lit Amri

Night of the Fae is the first volume of the Ana Martin Series by Lyneal Jenkins, which follows the story of 26-year-old Ana Martin. The story opens in a very gripping start. Ana, a part-time care assistant, is chased down by a man, a crazed addict, in a car park. Her attempt to escape fails and she is badly beaten with a bat. As she peacefully accepts her moments of death, a strange man (Gabriel) saves her and somehow heals her at the same time.

We then learn that shortly Ana and Gabriel are a couple and their relationship is more than she could hope for. Everything changes when Ana learns his secret. Gabriel is actually an empathetic being from an evolved ancient race known as the Siis, which was torn apart by the consequences of their past actions. Hesitant and frightened at first, Ana accepts Gabriel’s true identity. Ana’s life doesn't become easier as she starts to see other beings that humans could never see, the Fae. Once innocent children, the Fae are now malevolent beings, feeding off the negative emotions of their prey. Can Ana’s mind really cope with these new changes in her life and is her relationship with Gabriel able to survive the obstacles?

I found the transition of the story from chapter to chapter rather quick and I sometimes had to pay extra attention to the time shift in the story (days, weeks or months). Nevertheless I enjoyed the fast paced read. For the first volume of the series Lyneal Jenkins has done a remarkable job of piecing together a romantic fantasy adventure. The elements are there: the passion, the revelation, the twists and turns carefully positioned for the reader to easily grasp. Overall, this is a great read.