Series: Sinister Fairy Tales Collection Genre: Dark Fairy Tale Retelling Release Date: February 6, 2020 Far, far away, hidden on Insula Sacra—Island of the Accursed— lives a forgotten world of man and beast. Damned by the Gods, and forced to live in everlasting darkness, they continue to fight a war that has long since been buried in time. With each rise and fall of the cursed moon, they are reminded of all they’ve lost. Desperate for freedom, they await the night the one true king will rise to power and free them from the curse. The King, however, cannot rise without his Queen—both blessed with the mark of the Gods, they must end the war to save them all.
Legend by M.R. Leahy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
So this a short tale in the sinister fairy tales collection. This one is influenced by The Tarzan and Jane Legend and while it didn’t wow me I certainly enjoyed it. The writing itself is good but I just never fully connected on any deeper level. So this story is set in the jungle and it’s all about a cursed island full of shapeshifters and humans who live in the trees. a prophecy, fated mates and a chosen one. It’s short and sweet and lacks depth but it was still somewhat interesting with some hot and heavy scenes. We have a half shifter/human Prince Karzan the son of the former king and his human mate. He has been hidden away all his life among the humans to protect him from his crazed uncle the king. Janey is the chosen one destined to break the curse and unlock his beast. This is insta-love and insta-lust and the finale easily arrived it. I also felt I never really got a real sense of Karzan and Janey beyond the superficial. This was an easy quick read that didn’t tax me and my first Tarzan retelling.
I voluntary reviewed a copy of Legend.
“They abandoned us, cursed us. An endless war, a dying race…the prophecy states that once united, the chosen one, bearing the mark of the gods, will bring forth the one true king.” Balling my hand into a fist, I turn and face the great room. “I will be that King. No matter what it takes, no matter how many people must burn to make it so, we will rise again and this time, not even the Gods will be able to stop us.”
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