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The Flame and the Arrow (Annika Brisby #1) by Emigh Cannaday

Release Date-November 11th 2010
Publisher-Silver Poplar Press
Genre-Fantasy Romance
Kindle Edition-393 pages

“Don’t do it, Annika,” he taunted. His eyes were no longer bright and charming but dark and intense, yet they still twinkled. He was tempting, but was he harmful?

Aspiring rock star Annika Brisby thinks she knows where her life is going until she steps through a broken portal that leaves her stranded in a realm of fairies, vampires, and other mythical beings. Unable to return until it’s repaired, she’s rescued by wood nymphs who believe her sudden arrival is no accident. After being taken in by a prominent family of elves, Annika finds herself struggling to resist the seductive spell of their youngest son, Talvi. Equal parts arrogant and alluring, the notorious heartbreaker seems like the perfect distraction for her homesickness. Her new friends warn her that she’ll probably regret ever laying eyes on him, and what begins as a casual fling quickly burns too hot to handle. By the time Annika learns the consequences of their forbidden trysts, Talvi’s already under her skin and dangerously close to her heart. But on the journey home she discovers that there’s a mountain of secrets that he’s not telling her, and Annika can’t help wondering who’s really in danger.

* Previously titled Balkan Magic, The Misadventures of Annika Brisby

The Flame and the Arrow (Annika Brisby, #1)The Flame and the Arrow by Emigh Cannaday

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Flame And The Arrow is one of them stories that when you start you just have to finish.
I’ll start with a brief description.We have our main female lead Annika, a Twenty-five-year-old American girl who after rejecting her fiance decides to travel to stay with her uncle too well, get her head sorted.
while there she travels to town and spots some unusual strangers.
After following them into a book store.
Annikka then proceeds to flee the store with the strangers in hot pursuit, The unusual male is more persistent but eventually, our girl loses him and makes her way home to her uncle still unable to get the peculiar male out of her head.
Fast forward and Annika’s vacation is coming to its finish so she decides to take an amble through the local countryside.
Armed with Her camera, i-pod, apples, a bottle of water & a trusty peanut butter & Jelly Sarnie ewww!! (that’s the English in me these two just don’t go together yucky)
Now call me a pessimist but if you’re going to wander aimlessly over terrain you haven’t the foggiest about maybe it would be a good idea to take a phone.
mmm, you think it might be a tad helpful for if you get lost or god forbid hurt yourself.
On realising she’s lost our Girl prepares to spend the night in the great outdoors (probably not the best time to mention well PHONE!!!)
The next morning after many hours of wandering and not having a clue where she is Annika spots some familiar people it’s the weird girls from the bookstop.
This time she chases them as they appear to be in a hurry, trying to follow them over a pool she slips and hurts her ankle, she calls after the girl begging for help, and she gets more than she’s bargained for as she’s pulled through a portal right into another dimension. The portal closes trapping her in this strange land.
Do you know what one of the first things she asks is
HAVE YOU GOT A PHONE!!!!
I give up.
Now, this is where the story really begins, Annika stuck on the wrong side of the portal trapped. The three girls or Samodivi, a type of wood nymph offer to take her to the elves for help and I bet you can guess who one of these elves is yes it’s the lovely young man from the bookstore the one Annika was so taken with his name is Talvi.
Here starts a dance as old as time as Annika & Talvi enter into a passionate courtship plagued with misunderstandings and hurt as these two and many others try and save their family and friends trapped on the other side of the gate.
What starts as a pleasant interlude to distract herself with the roguish womanising elf quickly escalates into matters of the heart & nobody’s walking away unscathed.
good points to this story include an excellent backset for this saga, the worldbuilding is amazingly real, it is so easy to be drawn into this rich tapestry.
The secondary characters are fantastic as much thought has been taken in creating them as the main ones, I felt like I knew them all intimately.
Now this may seem a bit weird but a flawed heroine and hero it was just so refreshing to see some real traits like selfishness and bratty behaviour in our two main characters it made them seem much more human or elfish in Talv’is case.
Bad points well again it was them darn personality traits there were times I didn’t like either of the main characters very much
Talvi could be a bit of a brat and Annika was slightly childish at times there were times I just wanted to knock their heads together and say grow up kids, Annika your twenty-five and Talvi your bloody three hundred years old act it lol.
I Also wasn’t to struck on the ending but that’s just me being bolshy about the giant cliffhanger thrown our way, I was like NO WAY MAN !!!
until I realised book two is out now YAY!!!! problems
solved.
So in conclusion, this story gets a big thumbs up from me even when I was ready to throw my kindle at the wall in frustration at some of the antics of our so-called adults I couldn’t stop devouring this awesome piece of fiction.
It’s full of wood nymphs, Elves, Trolls, Fairies, unicorns, vampires, druids the list goes on & on something for everyone and if you happen to have Kindle unlimited it’s also free.
This is my First book by this author but it certainly won’t be the last.
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