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Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite
Unearthing the Fae King (Bramble’s Edge Academy Year 1) by Brenda Trim is the first in what is clearly going to be a fantasy series revolving around the world the author has created. Bramble’s Edge Academy is where the young adult Fae are conscripted as soon as their power begins to develop, in their twenties. In this world, the Fae have been subjugated by humans and are treated almost as slaves by the human population. The Academy is supposed to teach the Fae how to control and harness their developing powers but the rumors abound that it is much more about controlling and manipulating the Fae to ensure they never rise and revolt against their human masters. The Fae royal family was killed by the humans when they invaded but perhaps a new king is about to emerge to lead the Fae to victory against their oppressors. When Ryker and Maurelle are both forcibly taken to attend the Academy on the same day, a lasting friendship and relationship begins between the two. For different reasons both are determined to break free from the Academy’s stultifying hold on them and for Ryker discovering the identity of and unearthing the new Fae King becomes a relentless pursuit for him, Maurelle and their Academy friends.
Unearthing the Fae King is pure and utter fantasy, not normally my go-to read but I have to say I absolutely loved it. Author Brenda Trim sucked me into this world from the very first page and I was enthralled by the two main characters. The electricity between Ryker and Maurelle was obvious right from the start and built to a crescendo throughout the story. The love scenes were dramatic, explicit and hot, without crossing that indefinable line into crudity. It is clear this is the first in a series and I was captivated enough by the characters and the story to absolutely want to read the next installment of this fascinating series. The characters were vastly overdrawn but that is the nature of fantasy and it lent itself well to the telling of the tale. The subtle humor, self-doubt, and jealousy inherent in the two characters just made the whole tale even more believable. I particularly enjoyed the character of the school principal and the idea that everything was run by the Fae themselves and not humans. The idea that the Fae were corruptible and could be induced into destroying and manipulating their own kind was a message that rang true for the story and real life as well. This is a wonderful read and one I can highly recommend. I will be following this author closely from now on.