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A Heart in Sun and Shadow by Annie Bellet


In an ancient Wales that never was… The twin brothers Emyr and Idrys are cursed to live as hounds; Emyr by night, and Idrys by day. The twins believe they will be trapped this way forever until they meet the fierce and curious Áine, a changeling woman born with fey blood and gifts struggling to fit into a suspicious human world. Áine unravels the fate of Emyr and his twin as all three of them fall in love. To free her lovers from the curse, she embarks on a journey to the realm of the fey where she confronts her own unique gifts and heritage. Ultimately, she must decide where her heart truly lies and what she’s willing to risk to get what she desires most.

Wow. And since that’s not enough I have to say it again…wow.

A Heart in Sun and Shadow is captivating. Here’s a woman, Áine, a healer who was almost killed at her birth, fostered (my word not Bellet’s) to a wise woman, and destined to save the kings of a land she doesn’t know. And you have the twins–cursed, pretending to be only one twin while saying the other is dead. For years, they have done this until they meet Áine. It’s safe to say that the twins need Áine. She is their salvation. She brings passion and light back into their lives. She breaks the curse that has changed and haunted them for years. But I would chance to say that Áine needs them just as much, if not more. Emyr and Idrys give her an acceptance and understanding that Áine has not been afforded much in her life. Perhaps that’s the reason she goes to such lengths to break their curse. Or maybe it’s simply for love.

Bellet handled the triangle between the twins and Áine with a delicate hand that made it not only believable, but acceptable as well. This is a land where Other things happen. There are feys and raven kings, and months that can pass like days. Yet every word is as believable as the history book I read in the fourth grade. That is the mark of a great fantasy. The language–though most the time I didn’t know how to pronounce any of the words–drew me in and submerged me into a different time/place/world, making it as real to me as where I truly live.

I LOVED this book. I can’t wait to read the next one. Check out Annie Bellet. She’s on her way to the top!

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