To Kill a Fae

The Dragon Portal Book 1

Romance - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
328 Pages
Reviewed on 08/26/2019
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    Book Review

Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite

Within a city of stone, metal, and dead wood many secrets can be found. Some beneath the twisting sewers, and others a little closer to home. Years ago Sabine was forced to flee her homeland, taking up residence in the last place anyone would think to look for her. She became lost amidst the crowd. But secrets have a way of changing hands, and an attempt on her life suggests there is more occurring behind the closed doors of the city than she knew. She had pulled away from her work with the demon Dax and in doing so lost access to a great deal of information. When a stranger arrives, Sabine is unable to deny her attraction to him, and whilst she feels the exchange to be mutual she cannot help but be suspicious. She longs to be herself with him, to reveal her darkest and most dangerous secret. But one who has harbored a secret can quickly recognize another walking the same path. This mysterious stranger is hiding something, and with her safety already hanging in the balance, she fears their involvement could cost more than just her own life. He claims to be seeking an artifact for a client, but something warns her there is more to the tale, and soon she must decide who can be trusted or risk losing all.

Jamie A. Waters' To Kill a Fae is one of those rare and magical reads you don't want to put down. There was everything to love about this book. Sabine made an amazing protagonist; her strong, powerful personality shone through and pulling those who would be allies along with her. The rich and vivid cast will satisfy the reader, drawing them effortlessly into a world of hidden magic, pacts, and loyalties. From the first chapter, I knew this book was something special. Excitement, tension, and mystery with the threat of secrets and looming danger filled the difficult plight which Sabine takes in her stride. The author's style is flawless, descriptive, compelling and imaginative. The only time I was disappointed was when the story came to an end, but not because it was in any way lacking; I wanted more, I wanted to know what happens next, and where paths and fate drive Sabine next. I don't have words to express how perfectly this book captured the life, spirit, and essence of all it needed to be. The tensions between the characters were tangible, well crafted, and believable. This truly is a masterpiece. If I could give this thrilling adventure more than five stars, I would. It has certainly earned its place as one of only a few books I give my personal recommendation. It is hard to believe anyone could be anything but wholly satiated by this gripping tale.

Maureen Dangarembizi

To Kill A Fae by Jamie A. Waters is the first book in The Dragon Portal fantasy series. After her mother’s murder, Sabine has been forced to disguise her pureblood fae heritage from the citizens of Akros. Few know her secret but the ones who do guard her life with jealous fervor. A long time ago, before she was born, a great war was waged between the gods and the dragons to the detriment of every magical creature in their world. The war only ended when a portal was made to forever separate the combatants between two worlds. But now the portal is weakening and the only one who can wield its magic and restore the barrier is Sabine. Will she be able to get all the artifacts in time to save her world or will the wild hunt claim her life beforehand?

There is great worldbuilding in To Kill A Fae, so much so that a reader can imagine the lands the characters are still to explore with a vivid imagination. The heroine, Sabine, is a classic underdog heiress to the throne but don’t let it discourage you because, like books of a similar ilk (Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas), it tells a unique yet captivating story. These stories don’t just focus on the protagonist but also their close associates which makes for a richer story. Jamie A. Waters really knows how to write a kickass heroine every woman young and old will relate to. I liked the wide array of magical creatures and the wonderful way their lore is introduced and how it integrates with the story wonderfully. Not only is it an action-packed adventure, it also has a wonderful romantic spin that adds to the intriguing layers in this story.

Keyla Damaer

Sabine has been hiding in Akros for ten years, trying to escape those who are out to kill her. For ten years she lived among humans, pixies, goblins, witches, and two demons. Now someone is trying to kill her and a stranger, a mysterious smuggler called Malek, saved her life. But who’s Malek? And why does he have that aura of hidden power around him? Sabine doesn’t know but she’s attracted to this mysterious man. In the meantime, Bane and Dax, the two rivals as well as brother demons, fight over her. Read to the end of Jamie Waters’ To Kill a Fae to find out more about Malek and who's trying to kill Sabine. You won’t regret it.

This is a fantastic fantasy story written with a harmonious flow and interesting twists, with fights and arguments in between. I didn’t know this author before stumbling upon this story and I’m impressed by her writing skills. Malek is definitely my favorite character, mysterious to the end and hot like only one of his species could be (you’ll understand the pun once you finish the story). Dax instead got on my nerves every single time. I loved to hate him. His brother Bane is less annoying, but they're demons after all and one can't expect anything less. Don't waste any time and join Jamie Waters in To Kill a Fae, jumping into a world of magical beings, demons, dwarves, goblins, pixies, and... dragons. Yes, yes, there will be dragons. I just can't wait to read the sequels.