Asher Stone didn’t want to be a hero. After spending two years recovering from an isolating drug habit, his life was getting on track. He had a girlfriend who he loved very much. He was holding down a job and had a repaired relationship with his mother. One day, Asher was attacked by a manticore that escaped the clutches an order of magi and his world gets turned upside down. Now, Asher is dealing with old temptations and new problems and a destiny that he has to embrace or the fate of the world will crash down on him. The only thing Asher can hope is that Blessings and Hope do spring eternal in this first book in a series.
This is a very unique book. It has a lot of elements that I love in a fantasy genre; it has fairies, fae, vampires, lycans, witches, mages, manticores, nymps, satyrs a nexus, etc....there are A LOT of magical creatures in this book.
I really liked the way the author narrated the book, it seriously felt like I was listening to S.C. Houff telling me this story. I've never read a book like that and I really enjoyed that about this book. I also really like how the first chapter is the history of the story. It made it less overwhelming, with all the characters and creatures. Like I said there were a lot of magical creatures.
I was a little confused at the beginning but I caught on to what was going on pretty quickly. I wasn't confused because of the story I think it was just all the characters and how they were introduced. Now that I'm finished I'm thankful the characters were introduced chapter by chapter, instead all of them being thrown at me at once.
Asher was a recovering addict. I never read anything from the perspective of a recovering addict, so that was interesting. It made me think about all the recovering addicts in the world and wonder if they go through these things, minus the manticore and magic. It made me think about stuff I've never thought about before and I love books that make me question everything!
There were so many characters that I really liked! Puck and Amaya, I mean they were too adorable not to like. And their upcoming Poptart is even cuter! (You have to read the book to find out about Poptart.) Tracy, she was a good Mom that had to do what needed to be done to protect her child. Carin, was weird but I liked her, even if it was sounding incest-y for a moment there. Natalie was sweet to Asher even though he probably didn't deserve it sometimes. Of course I liked Asher, he's the main character so it would be stupid not to like him. He was brave and handled a lot weird stuff better than anyone else can say they would.
There of course were characters that I didn't like, it wouldn't be a good book if it didn't make me hate someone that doesn't exist. Norvita really annoyed me, I think it was how flirtatious she was. She had a boyfriend- a vampire boyfriend- and she was flirting with pretty much anyone. Iago, but he was the villain so I was supposed to not like him. And I really did not like him, I wanted to punch him!
My name is Ashley. I spend most of my life in a hyper state (hence the name). I read, I write, I rant and whine. Enjoy this glimpse into my little world and no judgements please. Some of my reviews may include spoilers.