The Emerald Fairy and the Dragon Knight

Book 3 of The Wild Rose and the Sea Raven trilogy

Romance - Paranormal
348 Pages
Reviewed on 06/04/2023
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

The Emerald Fairy and the Dragon Knight by Jennifer Ivy Walker weaves magic into an adventure-filled web of romance, evil powers, legendary creatures, and a mixture of fantasy, history, and legend, as The Wild Rose and the Sea Raven trilogy comes to a spellbinding conclusion. Imagine the Tristan and Isolde legend, interspersed with Arthurian myths, Avalon, Merlin, Lancelot, and the Lady of the Lake, and you have the makings of an adventure of epic proportions. Tristan and Issylte, heirs to their kingdoms, are matched to bring their people together to live in harmony. But there are evil powers at work that plot to kill them both and take what isn’t theirs.

Jennifer Ivy Walker’s The Emerald Fairy and the Dragon Knight is the thrilling finale of the trilogy. The author has expertly added a little mix of just about everything, including the classic fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty. This trilogy will quickly become a favorite, one that will rival the Game of Thrones and many other legendary, fantastical mixes. In this final part, Tristan and Issylte struggle to overcome the evil that surrounds them. The suspense intensifies as magic prevails for both good and evil. The narrative is done expertly, setting vivid scenes that are enticing, awe-inspiring, frightening, and realistic. The characters continue to be well-developed as dialogue and dramatic interchange move the plot forward with intense vitality. If you haven’t read the first two books in this trilogy, it’s advised that you do, as you’ll miss out on so much by not following the full sequence. The series is brilliant, engaging, educational, and a real twist of interwoven tales. Riveting.

Stephanie Chapman

Jennifer Ivy Walker's fantasy storybook, The Emerald Fairy and the Dragon Knight brings the ultimate battle of good and evil to life. Voldruk and Bothor have consorted with Malfleur, the Shadow Fairy. They intend to capture Issylte and sacrifice her unborn child to free Malfleur. Meanwhile, Tristan, Issylte, Lancelot, and the Tribe of Dana have set a trap in the Cave of Shadows. They also move to overthrow Queen Morag when a boat carrying a hidden army of knights arrives. While Tristan is fighting Voldruk inside the cave, Bothor shoots Issylte with a poison dart and has her taken to a remote castle tower. Bothor watches Tristan emerge from the cave. Malfleur enchants Issylte’s emerald necklace with dark magic for Bothor. The clock is ticking for the fighters to travel to Tintagel. Tristan must choose between finding Issylte or fighting to save King Mark.

Jennifer Ivy Walker builds excellent suspense throughout the story. She incorporates the perspectives of both sides, focusing on their ultimate plans to succeed in each endeavor. I enjoyed the unpredictable twists. Guinevere’s secret revelation blindsides Lancelot. The vivid detail given to the supporting characters gave importance to the battles for Issylte to regain the throne from Morag. Time was an essential factor for both sides. Bothor was exceptionally good at changing his plans. Despite the fantasy aspects of the plot, the emotional turmoil felt relatable. Loyalty, love, and hope intertwine within the force, intent on liberating the enslaved people. I cried over some of the tragic events. The conclusion made me curious whether Issylte’s child will appear in future books. I recommend The Emerald Fairy and the Dragon Knight to fantasy fans who appreciate medieval combat and romance.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

The Emerald Fairy and the Dragon Knight by Jennifer Ivy Walker is the third book of The Wild Rose and the Sea Raven trilogy. Issylte is still trying to unseat Queen Morag and release the Cornish and Irish from her grip. But her journey won’t be easy, even with Tristan and Lancelot at her side. A kidnapping plot, loss, and battles all await the trio as Tristan has to decide whether to save King Marke or Issylte before they can defeat the Black Widow Queen in a final showdown. Queen Morag has taken and destroyed everything, and Issylte is determined not to let her triumph again, but at what cost? Can Tristan and Issylte finally reclaim their lives and defeat Issylte’s wicked stepmother?

The Emerald Fairy and the Dragon Knight by Jennifer Ivy Walker is a heart-pounding conclusion to her Wild Rose and the Sea Raven trilogy. I’m almost sad it has come to an end, but feel privileged to have read this masterpiece. This is another well-written story in the saga, with a great plot and plenty of action. The story is filled with twists and turns that keep you guessing, and this fascinating tale will keep you on the edge of your seat. I must advise readers not to read this without reading the others first – it isn’t a standalone story, and the other books are critical to understanding this one. Her characters are, as always, well-crafted, and despite being the third book, we still learn more about the main ones. The writing is truly imaginative and intriguing and really holds you, with the vividly described scenes pulling you in. This is part paranormal, part fantasy, part historical romance, and the three blend seamlessly into a fast, thrilling, and dramatic tale that will keep you reading from cover to cover in one sitting. Something tells me that, although this is the last in the trilogy, there could be more to come.

Grant Leishman

The Emerald Fairy and the Dragon Knight (Book 3 of the Wild Rose and the Sea Raven trilogy) by Jennifer Ivy Walker is a continuation of the saga of The Emerald Princess, Issylte, and her beloved husband Tristan, the Dragon Knight, and the King of Lyonesse. This romantic and mystical paranormal adventure evokes a time of legends, myths, fairies, magic, and chivalrous courage. Issylte’s evil stepmother Morag had poisoned the king and attempted to murder the young Emerald Princess to claim the crown of Ireland for herself. Issylte had been spared by the two lords instructed to murder her and had been in hiding with a forest witch for the last nine years. It was now time for Issylte, Tristan, Sir Lancelot, and their knightly comrades to fight back against a wicked wizard and his evil sidekick, a dwarf called Lord Bothor, agents of Queen Morag, but ultimately to defeat and destroy the Black Widow Queen and reclaim the crown of Ireland that rightfully belonged to her.

I was lucky enough to read the first two iterations of this adventure and was captivated by the characters' romance, chivalry, and paranormal powers. I was thrilled to read the final episode of this great adventure, The Emerald Fairy and the Dragon Knight. Author Jennifer Ivy Walker can combine myths, legends, magic, and a variety of weird and wonderful creatures with a fictional tale of her own and make it all realistic and believable. I loved the two main characters, Issylte and Tristan. Their love affair, devotion, and courage against the odds make them an endearing couple. There is no shortage of adrenaline-pumping action, magical battles, and violent deaths for those who love the roller-coaster ride. Yet, the heart of this story truly is about enduring love, devotion, leadership, and a sense of what is right. This probably isn’t a stand-alone novel, and the three books would best be read in order. However, the author does a magnificent job throughout the narrative of dropping little gems that clue the reader into what has come before. This is a satisfying end to an enthralling trilogy, and I highly recommend it.

K.C. Finn

The Emerald Fairy and the Dragon Knight is a work of fiction in the fantasy adventure, paranormal romance, and interpersonal drama subgenres, and forms the third and final novel of The Wild Rose and the Sea Raven trilogy. The work is best suited to mature adult readers as it contains sexually explicit material and some scenes of violence and battle, as well as explicit language. Penned by author Jennifer Ivy Walker, we continue the torrid and steamy romance of Issylte and Tristan as our knight searches for his captive mate. But Issylte has intensified powers of her own to contend with, and a dangerous new ally of the Black Widow Queen could threaten to end everything that the pair of fated lovers have built so far.

Author Jennifer Ivy Walker started this series with style, atmosphere, and powerfully imaginative mythology, and she has consistently delivered it from beginning to end in a deeply engaging trilogy of adventures. One of the features I really loved about this novel was the familiarity of the Tristan and Isolde fable, which weaves in and out here with some very clever references but is re-spun with such originality and unexpected surprises from other legendary tales. The romantic scenes are suitably intense for readers seeking those powerful, passionate moments between our two central characters, and this works in sharp and effective contrast against the many dark fantasy threats that the heroes face, jeopardizing their love at every turn. Overall, I would certainly recommend The Emerald Fairy and the Dragon Knight to fans of the existing series and the series in general for readers who are seeking fully immersive, action-packed fantasy novels with plenty of deep romance.