Title: Taken By The Huntsman
Author: Mistral Dawn
Genre: Erotic Romance, Paranormal Romance
Release date: September 9, 2014
Discarded and ignored by those around her for most of her life, Cassie is a lonely human woman struggling to find her place in the world and meaning in her life.
Cadeyrn is the Erlking, the leader of the Wild Hunt, a hundreds of thousands of years old Fae who has always known his purpose. He has spent his entire long existence tracking the criminals of Fairie and punishing them for their crimes.
While hunting for the murderer of a child who has escaped to Earth, Cadeyrn comes across Cassie and realizes that she is the one that the great mother goddess has designated as his soul mate. He kidnaps her and takes her to his fortress in Fairie to protect her from his many enemies. He knows she will be angry and that he’ll have to work to earn her trust, but he finds his task to be even more challenging than he had thought it would be due to Cassie’s difficulty in opening her heart.
Will Cadeyrn be able to convince Cassie that the bond between them is real and earn her love?
The Erlking a/k/a Cadeyrn is on Earth hunting for a criminal with a death sentence when he comes across his Anamchara–his destined soulmate. He decides that it’s too dangerous for her to stay on Earth and so he takes her brings her back to his fortress in Fairie.
Taken By The Huntsman is a first in a series by newcomer, Mistral Dawn.
What I enjoyed most about this novel is the worldbuilding (quite vivid!) and the author’s depiction of the Fae. What I did not enjoy was how wordy it was. I found myself having to skim some pages due to some scenes that I thought was a little unnecessary to the story such as internal ramblings by the side characters, including the villains and the main character’s pet cat! But other than that, it was quite enjoyable.
The plot is quite slow-paced; the romance between Cassie and Cadeyrn didn’t start until we reached about 50% of the book.
I also noticed that there wasn’t much 3Dness to Cassie’s character. I felt like that there was more effort in the Erlking a/k/a Cadeyrn, but also hats off for being a well-thought of character as well as majority of the side characters.
I will recommend this to anyone who enjoys an awesome world building of the Fae and character-driven stories as opposed to plot-driven stories. This can be enjoyed read in a slow pace! But that of course would depend on how you roll. Fantasy readers will surely enjoy this!
This copy was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
About this author
Mistral Dawn is a thirty-something gal who has lived on both coasts of the US but somehow never in the middle. She currently resides in the Southeast US with her kitty cats (please spay or neuter! :-)) where she works as a hospital drudge and attends graduate school. Taken By The Huntsman is her first effort at writing fiction and if it is well received she has ideas for several more novels and short-stories in this series.