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The conclusion of Heart of the Fae, where Beauty and the Beast meets Irish Mythology. Once upon a time… Heartache dogs the steps of Sorcha of Ui Neill. Although she is home with her family, she is unable to shake the memories of her time in Hy-brasil. She heals with a heavy heart, tells stories with melancholy words, and cannot forget the magic of the Otherworld. When an opp The conclusion of Heart of the Fae, where Beauty and the Beast meets Irish Mythology. Once upon a time… Heartache dogs the steps of Sorcha of Ui Neill. Although she is home with her family, she is unable to shake the memories of her time in Hy-brasil. She heals with a heavy heart, tells stories with melancholy words, and cannot forget the magic of the Otherworld. When an opportunity arises to return to her beloved Fae Prince, she makes a questionable deal. Dark magic, druidic curses, and a witch open a portal and send her tumbling into the middle of a war she must end for the sake of all who dwell in the Otherworld. Saving the faeries will not be easy when she has become a woman they fear. The once banished king battles his way through the Otherworld, freeing the Lesser Fae with each swing of his sword. Each attack turns Eamonn into something far more beastly than before. Geodes multiply and hinder his movements, harden his heart, and crystalize his resolve. Together, they face the King of the Seelie Fae and his golden army to end the war that will change the fate of the Otherworld forever.


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The conclusion of Heart of the Fae, where Beauty and the Beast meets Irish Mythology. Once upon a time… Heartache dogs the steps of Sorcha of Ui Neill. Although she is home with her family, she is unable to shake the memories of her time in Hy-brasil. She heals with a heavy heart, tells stories with melancholy words, and cannot forget the magic of the Otherworld. When an opp The conclusion of Heart of the Fae, where Beauty and the Beast meets Irish Mythology. Once upon a time… Heartache dogs the steps of Sorcha of Ui Neill. Although she is home with her family, she is unable to shake the memories of her time in Hy-brasil. She heals with a heavy heart, tells stories with melancholy words, and cannot forget the magic of the Otherworld. When an opportunity arises to return to her beloved Fae Prince, she makes a questionable deal. Dark magic, druidic curses, and a witch open a portal and send her tumbling into the middle of a war she must end for the sake of all who dwell in the Otherworld. Saving the faeries will not be easy when she has become a woman they fear. The once banished king battles his way through the Otherworld, freeing the Lesser Fae with each swing of his sword. Each attack turns Eamonn into something far more beastly than before. Geodes multiply and hinder his movements, harden his heart, and crystalize his resolve. Together, they face the King of the Seelie Fae and his golden army to end the war that will change the fate of the Otherworld forever.

30 review for Veins of Magic

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sana

    my review for book one can be found here! and so Eamonn and Sorcha's journey has come to end. I enjoyed reading this book and Sorcha is as badass and fierce as ever, I love her. review to come! my review for book one can be found here! and so Eamonn and Sorcha's journey has come to end. I enjoyed reading this book and Sorcha is as badass and fierce as ever, I love her. review to come!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tales Of A Bookbug

    I love fairytale retellings!I've almost read all of the ones available so when I came across a new Beauty and the Beast retelling in Heart Of The Fae, I knew I had to have it, especially since it was written by Emma Hamm!I've loved her writing from the time I read The Goblin Bride two years back.And this series was just another unique treat! Veins of Magic picks up where we left of in Heart Of The Fae,with Eamonn going off to fight his brother and Sorcha trying to find a cure to the beetle plague I love fairytale retellings!I've almost read all of the ones available so when I came across a new Beauty and the Beast retelling in Heart Of The Fae, I knew I had to have it, especially since it was written by Emma Hamm!I've loved her writing from the time I read The Goblin Bride two years back.And this series was just another unique treat! Veins of Magic picks up where we left of in Heart Of The Fae,with Eamonn going off to fight his brother and Sorcha trying to find a cure to the beetle plague.The previous book focused on the journey of the characters while they meet each other,the development of their relationships and the setting up of a world which was uniquely beautiful and amazing.In this book the characters start off with quests of their own, and their personal development from the protagonists that we saw in book one to the strong characters that we see here was very well done!They are very well fleshed out with a strong supporting cast too!The world building, the descriptions and the history was also mesmerizing. I was waiting for the moment when Sorcha and Eamonn would meet again and it did not disappoint!I read this book in one complete sitting and the ending had me jumping with joy! I've fallen in love with this world and this series and I hope there are more books to come! :D So,what are you waiting for?If you haven't started this series yet, I urge you to give it a try!You will definitely love it!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)

    Books like this are the reason I'm so glad to be on Goodreads and a part of the blogging community. I never would have given these books the time of day if not for a review on GR that captivated my interest and forced me to satisfy my curiosity. Rife with Irish mythology and faerie lore, this series is exactly what I've been in the mood for, and I think the conclusion was every bit as good as the first book, if not better. It continued the BatB theme but made it more vicious and cruel and just p Books like this are the reason I'm so glad to be on Goodreads and a part of the blogging community. I never would have given these books the time of day if not for a review on GR that captivated my interest and forced me to satisfy my curiosity. Rife with Irish mythology and faerie lore, this series is exactly what I've been in the mood for, and I think the conclusion was every bit as good as the first book, if not better. It continued the BatB theme but made it more vicious and cruel and just plain heart-breaking. But it was also just so lovely and I'll definitely be revisiting.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Daphne

    To be honest, I didn't really enjoy this book. It fell flat for me and I found myself getting bored while reading it. That's not to say there wasn't action in the plot, but it just wasn't as exciting or engaging as I wanted. The plot felt a little all over the place, and not focused. A bunch of things happen that just kind of seem out of the blue, like the author was just like here, I'm going to throw this bit in to make things magically work out. I also found some of the characters' actions to To be honest, I didn't really enjoy this book. It fell flat for me and I found myself getting bored while reading it. That's not to say there wasn't action in the plot, but it just wasn't as exciting or engaging as I wanted. The plot felt a little all over the place, and not focused. A bunch of things happen that just kind of seem out of the blue, like the author was just like here, I'm going to throw this bit in to make things magically work out. I also found some of the characters' actions to be baffling and not making sense, bizarre in the way they act- maybe that's due to the fact that I needed more character insight? Some of it just seemed out of line with what I expected them to act like. Also, I was left with a lot of questions that went unanswered, and there were plot holes and spelling mistakes throughout. There's that one random druid/witch in the beginning- like whatever happened to her, is she going to show up in the later books? How/why whatever happened to Eamonn happened? How about the druids and the Unseelie Queen- why did they do what they did? It seems like they'd want something from Sorcha but nothing happens on that front. There's also unresolved stuff with Bran and weird dynamics with the high fae. Sorcha's character seems to turn more bitter after the events of book 1, and she feels discontent in the human world. After returning to the Otherworld, she's happier and they say say she's kind and good, but I didn't see much of that, and there's the thing with her powers as a Weaver. First she doesn't use it, then she does, and it's just an odd feel of character development. (view spoiler)[ Also, she's a midwife, you'd think she'd consider the repercussions of unprotected sex. (hide spoiler)] Eamonn was confusing as well- warlord yet not, he's changing, but he felt all over the place too. Also, both do things that break the other's trust, and I didn't agree with some of their actions- it just seemed like too much of a betrayal. I did enjoy the relationships she grew with the faeries and the dwarves though, like Cait. Overall, the way things went just wasn't for me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Erika

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Nooo... what happened? The first book was just amazing and this one seems to have been written by a different person. I’m going to be honest... I’ve got to the 80% and I was still pretty much in love with the story and then...everything went to hell. 1) No one... and I mean NO ONE is going to truly believe that Eamonn was killed just like that so when Sorcha cried and was devastated... I was like “oh come on, girl... you know he’s alive.” 2) The war/battle was non-existent. I really thought it w Nooo... what happened? The first book was just amazing and this one seems to have been written by a different person. I’m going to be honest... I’ve got to the 80% and I was still pretty much in love with the story and then...everything went to hell. 1) No one... and I mean NO ONE is going to truly believe that Eamonn was killed just like that so when Sorcha cried and was devastated... I was like “oh come on, girl... you know he’s alive.” 2) The war/battle was non-existent. I really thought it was going to be epic. I’d have loved to see Sorcha training a little bit more but I was really expecting this great war where she was going to do something amazing and it was going to give me the chills... but nop, that didn’t happen. The “war” was over in less than 2 pages. 3) Even if I hate cliffhangers... I think it would have fit the story to leave it there during the war so we could have another book in which the ending would have had a good closure and everything would have been pretty much explained. The ending left me feeling as if it was just rushed... Was the relic what gave Eamonn those crystals? Why his parents didn’t intervene? Why was Fionn so guilty? Why did the soldiers wake up and pledge alliance to Eamonn so easily? I needed a 3rd book and the fact that only 20% of the book was left for the war and the ending of the duology makes me mad. I was expecting so much more. I read the 1st book so quickly and I recommended it to so many people...that I feel I’ve let them down as the book let me down. I still believe the author is amazing and her writing is very good... I only wish this book hadn't ended in such a rushed way.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shokasan

    This book was a DNF for me. I enjoyed the first book, finding it an interesting take on a well-known story, but the second book fell flat. The entire reason the protagonist went to Hy-Brasil in the first place was to bring back an outcasted prince, as payment to these fairie twins for a cure to a blood beetle plague that was killing her family (kind of an outlandish and unnecessarily complicated way of creating the necessary tension that would require her to eventually return to her family, but This book was a DNF for me. I enjoyed the first book, finding it an interesting take on a well-known story, but the second book fell flat. The entire reason the protagonist went to Hy-Brasil in the first place was to bring back an outcasted prince, as payment to these fairie twins for a cure to a blood beetle plague that was killing her family (kind of an outlandish and unnecessarily complicated way of creating the necessary tension that would require her to eventually return to her family, but I went along with it). That entire story arc was rendered moot by the beginning of the second book. All of a sudden, it turns out that she is a druid (okay...), and her grandfather, whom she has never met, just seemingly apparitions to literally hand her the cure for this beetle plague - this cure she spent the entirety of the last book agonizing over. So the entire premise of the first book was unnecessary? All of a sudden, she no longer feels at home with her own family, those people she was fighting tooth and nail to save during the first book, but supposedly she (and they) always just knew that she wasn’t meant for that life. The problem here is that there wasn’t sufficient build-up in the first book before she came to this conclusion. Almost at the same instant she saves her father from the plague, she finds out that her family has already packed her bags for her, and she just leaves - without looking back. Seriously? It’s all just too quick and convenient. It feels like the author is forcing the story forward. Another example of this - a witch just happens to show up on her doorstep, with a magical book, the contents of which only the protagonist can read, that shows her how to re-enter the Otherworld. These are just some small examples. There are other issues, like inconsistencies in character development, that can make it feel as if the author wasn’t sure of the direction of her story initially and threw it together as she went along, forcing the characters to behave in inconsistent ways in order to push forward the plot. The main character should have been consistent in her actions - for instance, when it came to her love of family and homeland, it should have been a difficult decision to choose Eamonn over the father that had raised her and sisters that loved her. That would have been consistent with how she felt about leaving them to find a cure, and thereafter throughout the first book. Then, readers would understand how significant finally choosing Eamonn was, since it meant possibly giving up that family forever to live in the Otherworld. For me, this is more powerful storytelling. Indeed, at the beginning of the second book, she mentions to her grandfather that she does not even know if she loves Eamonn, which feels incredibly inconsistent with her behavior at the end of the first book. In all, a forced plot and clumsy character development did this book in for me.

  7. 5 out of 5

    preoccupiedbybooks

    2.5 stars Sadly, I didn't enjoy this sequel as much as the first book. It felt clunky, slow and too simplistic at times. There was too much telling and not enough showing/action. The dialogue was laughable. The so called battle was anticlimactic, the ending predictable and I just wasn't invested in any of the characters like I was in the first book. I had to force myself to read the second half of this, as I was bored. Not a good look for a fantasy book. I did like Sorcha she was a good heroin 2.5 stars Sadly, I didn't enjoy this sequel as much as the first book. It felt clunky, slow and too simplistic at times. There was too much telling and not enough showing/action. The dialogue was laughable. The so called battle was anticlimactic, the ending predictable and I just wasn't invested in any of the characters like I was in the first book. I had to force myself to read the second half of this, as I was bored. Not a good look for a fantasy book. I did like Sorcha she was a good heroine, brave, independent, strong and kind. However, her relationship and love of Eamon felt weak. The other chacters also felt two dimensional. I'm so disappointed!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Maria Dimitrova

    I love fairytale retellings. I especially favour the Beauty and the Beast trope so when I saw the first book in this series was discounted a few weeks ago I couldn’t resist the temptation. This mentality's also why I will never even make a dent in my TBR mountain let alone clear it up. The first book was nothing original but I enjoyed it enough to decide I want to know how the story will end. Well not how it’ll end precisely because as a Beauty and the Beast retelling it must follow a certain pa I love fairytale retellings. I especially favour the Beauty and the Beast trope so when I saw the first book in this series was discounted a few weeks ago I couldn’t resist the temptation. This mentality's also why I will never even make a dent in my TBR mountain let alone clear it up. The first book was nothing original but I enjoyed it enough to decide I want to know how the story will end. Well not how it’ll end precisely because as a Beauty and the Beast retelling it must follow a certain pattern. So the correct thing to say is I wanted to know the particulars of how Sorcha and Eamonn will get to their HEA. Unlike the Heart of the Fae this one managed to sneak in some surprises. I particularly enjoyed the way Sorcha’s devotion to a peaceful resolution was tested. She wavered in the face of heartbreak and grief but her healer’s heart ultimately won over the desire for revenge. Hamm’s interpretation of the Fomorian myths was also quite engaging and I would love to see her write the story implied by the mother of druids. There’s so much potential there even if we know how it will end. But then again that can be said for all retellings and I (and apparently a lot of other readers) love them.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brenda ✨Delirious, Disjointed, Digressive, and (highly) Dramatic Rambles✨

    my heart .

  10. 5 out of 5

    Toni (teebe)

    This is one of those books that frustrates me because it could have been good and isn’t. I enjoyed the world and mythology but all the problems of the first book— plot holes, inconsistent characterization— are here magnified and piled under other issues: The characters contradict themselves constantly; things that have never been established are suddenly thrust into the storyline as fact; there seems to be little reason why certain things happen (or if there are reasons, they’re never adequately This is one of those books that frustrates me because it could have been good and isn’t. I enjoyed the world and mythology but all the problems of the first book— plot holes, inconsistent characterization— are here magnified and piled under other issues: The characters contradict themselves constantly; things that have never been established are suddenly thrust into the storyline as fact; there seems to be little reason why certain things happen (or if there are reasons, they’re never adequately explained); obstacles are constantly added to the story, which is fine except that they’re resolved quickly or too easily and it makes me question why they were even added in the first place; there’s little lead-up or come-down from action scenes.. the story just doesn’t flow well. In general, the story started off slower but towards latter half, everything is happening rapidly and that is where a lot of these issues live. Spelling mistakes even start appearing. The book would have benefited from a slower, consistent pace throughout and another round of editing to clarify ideas and eliminate excessive plot points.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Bates

    Amazing Emma Hamm is an amazing author. She is so articulate, charming, and eloquent. I truly love your style and how you meld this story together. Simply amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Christa

    I liked the sequel better than the first book, and I enjoyed the first book a lot. It’s a satisfying conclusion to Sorcha’s story. There’s enough details in this world to go on retelling Irish fairytales.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    Too long. This series should have been edited and reworked to be just one book. Ending was weak

  14. 5 out of 5

    Stormie

    Ahhhh man. I'm bummed. I liked the first book. There were a few holes in the story or things that didnt quite name sense but I enjoyed the story so much it didnt really bother me. This one however was just a mess. The characters didnt feel solid at all, like the author wasnt sure who they were so I wasnt sure who they were either. They would say something one moment then say something completely different in another. I couldn't see where the story was going and not in a “oh what's going to happen Ahhhh man. I'm bummed. I liked the first book. There were a few holes in the story or things that didnt quite name sense but I enjoyed the story so much it didnt really bother me. This one however was just a mess. The characters didnt feel solid at all, like the author wasnt sure who they were so I wasnt sure who they were either. They would say something one moment then say something completely different in another. I couldn't see where the story was going and not in a “oh what's going to happen” way but in a “what the hell is going on I dont understand” way. And then illogical statements like this would randomly pop up all over the place. “Metal scraped against leather in a harsh grind”. What? Metal and leather dont grind.... And then Eamon would say stupid shit like this: “Sorcha, I've undressed more women in my life time than you have yourself.” Are you for real? And then we'd go back to saying one thing one moment and another thing at a different time. One person says the Fae are who they are and have always done this or that. Then the next moment you read this: “The Fae are much used to changes in their lives.” I just got so irritated. This story just made no sense. It was everywhere. And I really liked Sorcha in the first book but could not stand her in this one. I mean everyone wants world peace but utopia is just not realistic. And who goes to lead their army in a battle then walk up to a soldier and try and have a peace talk. The strong fierce Sorcha was missing in this book. The woe is me and confused one was in this one.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christine Spoors

    I am so glad I discovered this series! The way the author weaves Irish folklore in with fairytale retellings just makes me so happy. This is exactly what I want to be reading! This is the end of the first two books following Sorcha, and I loved the ending. I loved watching both Sorcha and everyone else grow throughout the story and her POV is a joy to read from. I think she might be one of my new favourite characters!! Knowing that the series now branches off into companion novels I was so excited I am so glad I discovered this series! The way the author weaves Irish folklore in with fairytale retellings just makes me so happy. This is exactly what I want to be reading! This is the end of the first two books following Sorcha, and I loved the ending. I loved watching both Sorcha and everyone else grow throughout the story and her POV is a joy to read from. I think she might be one of my new favourite characters!! Knowing that the series now branches off into companion novels I was so excited whenever characters appeared that I’ll soon be getting to know! I’m so excited to start Bride of the Sea!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. VEINS OF MAGIC was spellbinding!!! It was the perfect end! I truly loved Sorka & Eamonn's journey! Their love will last forever! VEINS OF MAGIC was spellbinding!!! It was the perfect end! I truly loved Sorka & Eamonn's journey! Their love will last forever!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bojana

    I liked this one much more than the first book!

  18. 4 out of 5

    crashqueen73

    I probably shouldnt rate this because I am giving up at 63% because of the inconsistencies with the characters relationship. Its just too disjointed for me. So seriously, she throws his sword into the sea because it is manipulative but she can justify mentally manipulating others instead??? Like, huh? And whilst I could overlook the odd huh moment I just found too many of them. I wanted to love these but sadly it's a no from me. I probably shouldnt rate this because I am giving up at 63% because of the inconsistencies with the characters relationship. Its just too disjointed for me. So seriously, she throws his sword into the sea because it is manipulative but she can justify mentally manipulating others instead??? Like, huh? And whilst I could overlook the odd huh moment I just found too many of them. I wanted to love these but sadly it's a no from me.

  19. 4 out of 5

    ⋆☆☽ Kriss ☾☆⋆

    I'm calling it: 42% it's a DNF and I had no desire to continue whatsoever. Sorcha was just unlikable and the story-line wasn't interesting any longer. I'm moving on to something that grabs me better. I'm calling it: 42% it's a DNF and I had no desire to continue whatsoever. Sorcha was just unlikable and the story-line wasn't interesting any longer. I'm moving on to something that grabs me better.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anna lost in stories *A*

    This book was... I just... it's hard to find words to describe all the feelings I have about this wonderful story... it was a truly epic fantasy novel, the second story in The otherworld series and the concluding book in the duology all about Beauty and the beast retelling... and... *sighs* it was soooooo good that I find it really hard to sit down and focus all the thoughts that are running around in my head long enough to form coherent sentences, so I can share all my love for this story, and This book was... I just... it's hard to find words to describe all the feelings I have about this wonderful story... it was a truly epic fantasy novel, the second story in The otherworld series and the concluding book in the duology all about Beauty and the beast retelling... and... *sighs* it was soooooo good that I find it really hard to sit down and focus all the thoughts that are running around in my head long enough to form coherent sentences, so I can share all my love for this story, and convince you to pick it up if you haven't yet... :) since this is a continuation of a bigger story arch, let me first share some spoilers-free-safe-for-everyone-to-read informations in the next paragraph :) Both "Heart of the fae" (the first part of this duology) and "Veins of magic" take place in an alternate version of our world, a bit back in time... it's a world where fae, fairies and all sorts of magical creatures are real and exist, but people believe them to be myths and legends... apart for a few that still uphold the traditions and take care of the ancient shrines... one of those people is Sorcha... *sighs dreamily* I'm sorry, but there will be a lot of happy and dreamy sighs about her, because I absolutely adore her... she's everything I love in heroines of the stories I read... :) Sorcha is an orphan who was raised in a brothel, her mother burned after they accused her of being a witch... she grew up to be a midwife and a healer, loved dearly by her foster family... when a horrible blood beetle plague spreads more and more wildly among humans, and when her own father catches it, Sorcha agrees to a make a deal with a very dangerous fae in order to find a cure... that decision will lead her down the path that will change her life forever... she will travel to an island on the border between human world and the otherworld, where a banished and disfigured fae prince lives as punishment... and if all that doesn't peak your interest, I don't know what will ;) When I started that first book I was immediately mesmerized by the writing style... hooked from the very prologue, Emma Hamm's enchanting words burrowed deep under my skin, reaching straight into my very heart and soul and I was lost between the pages of her book... yes, technically I was going to work and doing all the adulting stuff I had to do, but my thoughts were never far away from Sorcha and her story... it took me a few weeks to read both installments, and that is saying something, because I have a pretty fast pace when I read... but when it came to these books, I wanted to prolong the experience as much as I could have... and it was a great decision on my part, because now that I finished it, I have problems to get back into the real world... I want to crawl between the pages of this book and stayed in that magical world a bit longer... Emma Hamm created such a vast and rich world filled with complex characters, that I hope she will keep writing amazing stories that will only expand it even more... her stories are one of the reasons that if I was forced to pick just one genre to keep reading for the rest of my life, I would choose fantasy... as much as I adore regular contemporary romances set in our world, between people without any magic and such, the ones with magic, mythical creatures and just that something extra will always have a special place in my heart... :) I did what I could to convince you to give this duology a try if you haven't yet, but if you are new to it, please stop reading my review right now... I shared as many spoilers free thoughts as I could, but now I have to share some feelings that will include sharing some events and people we saw in the first installment, so unless you read it, they may be counted as spoilers... final warning people... :) ok, I assume that all who kept reading are familiar with the story from the first book and the main characters I will be mentioning... if not, don't blame me for spoilers later ;) ok, so after that cliffhanger of an ending, when Eamonn send Sorcha away in the middle of a battle, so she would be safe from his twin brother... at the beginning of this one we pick up soon after that and see how Sorcha is handling getting back in the human world, caring for her family... but missing her fae prince and everything she left behind so much... as the months go by, she decides to find a way back to the otherworld... but time flows differently there... and a lot of things happened since she went away... don't worry, I won't spoil any specifics, but I will say that once she's reunited with Eamonn, they will fight side by side to overturn Fionn from the throne... and as much as I fell in love with Sorcha in the first book, my love only grew in this installment... *sighs dreamily* you can't say I didn't warn you about all the sighing ;) she's just such a strong and complex character... and she becomes even more kick-ass after enduring everything life throws at her in this book... and trust me, it's a lot... the same can be said about Eamonn... I love how both of them are so complex and flawed, and yet they can communicate with each other and admit when they were wrong... I want to read about more relationships like that... this book swallowed me whole... I laughed, I teared up, I gasped in surprise, I sighed and swooned on my week knees... I cried out in pain and wanted to hurl my kindle across the room from the injustice and pain these characters endured... I felt inspired and empowered by the journey Sorcha goes through within the pages of this book... she sufferes a lot, but comes out much stronger because of all that... it's gonna take me a while to shake off the remnants of this duology... it was everything I love in stories... complex characters, rich and diverse world, story filled with surprises, action and just all around epic awesomeness, with an absolutely stunning and beautiful ending that will mend your heart that was shattered before... I cannot recommend you to read these books enough... just please, go do it... you won't regret it... XOXO A

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elenariel

    This was a very conflicting read. I still like the idea, the general landscaping, but that potential is not supported by well-rounded characters and an immersive worldbuilding. Characters in general should be more nuanced, instead they suffer of a widespread fickleness: I couldn't define their personality, understand what their ideals are, what they really care for or want to achieve. I couldn't perceive their emotions and their evolution. Consequently, I felt no empathy for them. Almost everyone r This was a very conflicting read. I still like the idea, the general landscaping, but that potential is not supported by well-rounded characters and an immersive worldbuilding. Characters in general should be more nuanced, instead they suffer of a widespread fickleness: I couldn't define their personality, understand what their ideals are, what they really care for or want to achieve. I couldn't perceive their emotions and their evolution. Consequently, I felt no empathy for them. Almost everyone runs a personality rollercoaster but Sorcha, in particular, is the epitome of contradiction. She is like a wind vane, changing her words, thoughts and actions between one page and another, without sense, nor logic to character and plot development. Like a boat drifting in the stormy sea. At times was "just" annoying, but it became ridiculous at some point. Some side characters - Macha, Bran, the ancestors - appeared at random, while other ones - Eamonn's parents, the witch, Macha herself in 3/4 of the book - conveniently disappeared. What I missed most is a deep characterization of different fae "races". In the first book, when on the island, we had glimpses from brownies, and Boggart, Cian and his affinity for horticulture... In Veins of Magic there is no account of how dwarves and gnomes differ, of what makes a pixie and a peat faery recognizable from one another, or explaining how flowers are part of them... We're suggested that dwarves have this special power of singing to stones: why not telling/showing something more about it? How does it work? What makes the stones respond? Couldn't this kind of trick be very useful in battle? All this magical beings, and everyone relying only on physical combat and physical labour, instead. There were inconsistencies (starting with the different flow of time between realms), the plot felt too stretched out, several outcomes were predictable and often enough the narrative sounded disconnected, like a telegram: scene - stop - other scene - stop... I also noticed several misspellings, and the use of some words sounded cheesy. When reading about fairy myths, supernatural beings, magical worlds, I'd wish for the storytelling to excite wonder in the reader. I'm not certain how selfpublishing works, but I think with a good editor Heart of the Fae and Veins of Magic could have been arranged in one nice book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Somia

    A FIRM 3.5 STARS This conclusion to Heart of the Fae was overall an enjoyable read, although not to the same level as book 1 for me. I was pleased that Sorcha and Eamonn got their HEA, for a big horrible moment I thought they wouldn’t. In this book we see the battle to return Eamonn to his rightful place and free the lesser Fae from the tyranny of Eamonn’s brother intensify, as Sorcha truly comes into her own. Whilst I liked this book there were issues, I felt that the ending needed to be teased A FIRM 3.5 STARS This conclusion to Heart of the Fae was overall an enjoyable read, although not to the same level as book 1 for me. I was pleased that Sorcha and Eamonn got their HEA, for a big horrible moment I thought they wouldn’t. In this book we see the battle to return Eamonn to his rightful place and free the lesser Fae from the tyranny of Eamonn’s brother intensify, as Sorcha truly comes into her own. Whilst I liked this book there were issues, I felt that the ending needed to be teased out far more, and the great war/battle for the crown and for the freedom of the lesser Fae, wasn’t as epic as I thought it would be, I don’t think it received the attention it should have been given. Plus, without giving too much away I loved the addition of the Druid culture/history in this one, but the connection to Sorcha felt a little out of left field. Also, I really wanted a confrontation between Eamonn and his parents, one that allowed him to have some form of closure from their betrayal/cruelty, just being told they will be sequestered to their rooms for the rest of their days wasn’t enough. More showing than telling needed to occur, in this final part to Sorcha and Eamonn’s tale. I’m looking forward to reading more about all the otherworldly beings/creatures mentioned in book 1 and 2. Acquired via KU.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Aleena

    2 1/2 stars. As with the first installment, the atmosphere and worldbuilding were fantastic-- I enjoyed the addition of the Druid culture/history in this one-- but the plot didn't seem as strong/straightforward. I sort of wish the two books had been consolidated into one, because I did like the ending! 2 1/2 stars. As with the first installment, the atmosphere and worldbuilding were fantastic-- I enjoyed the addition of the Druid culture/history in this one-- but the plot didn't seem as strong/straightforward. I sort of wish the two books had been consolidated into one, because I did like the ending!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Veins of Magic definitely wasn't as strong as the first book of the series, but still brought gorgeous writing, world building and Irish culture that made the first so good. Plot wise, it wasn't so well paced which felt like a bigger let down than the first, but I'm sure I'll still continue with the rest of the series. Veins of Magic definitely wasn't as strong as the first book of the series, but still brought gorgeous writing, world building and Irish culture that made the first so good. Plot wise, it wasn't so well paced which felt like a bigger let down than the first, but I'm sure I'll still continue with the rest of the series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    4.5 Stars! Review for Book 1 & 2 This was super enchanting and an absolute delight to read. This takes traditional fae lore and mixes it with a Beauty and the Beast retelling. Emma Hamm's writing is just next level. Even though fae and retellings have been done time and time again she really made this one her own. (And I am a junkie for anything fae AND a B&B retelling.) She developed a world you could transport to and created two really great MCs along with a whole ensemble of equally awesome sid 4.5 Stars! Review for Book 1 & 2 This was super enchanting and an absolute delight to read. This takes traditional fae lore and mixes it with a Beauty and the Beast retelling. Emma Hamm's writing is just next level. Even though fae and retellings have been done time and time again she really made this one her own. (And I am a junkie for anything fae AND a B&B retelling.) She developed a world you could transport to and created two really great MCs along with a whole ensemble of equally awesome side characters. I am iffy on true fantasy and lean more towards paranormal or urban fantasy, but I'm so glad I took a chance on this. She can count me as a fan and I look forward to more retellings. The pace is steady, maybe even a little slow at time. I wouldn't consider this YA or NA, but the actual steam factor is pretty PG-13 and slow to build. But overall, a really awesome read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joana

    Omg. Guys, if you haven’t heard of this series before, PLEASE do yourself a favor and pick it up. Definitely a hidden gem if you like retellings of fairytales.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cymia Moss

    The first book was great, however this book was epic. It continued right where it left off in Heart of the Fae and from the first page and right to the end it brought you into a bigger adventure. More mythology, more Sorcha and Eamonn, more to learn, and more to enjoy. Sorcha's growth was major in this and Eamonns growth once Sorcha returned to his side was much appreciated. There was a drift in their relationship in a way, but it was something they easily overcame. You find out some details in The first book was great, however this book was epic. It continued right where it left off in Heart of the Fae and from the first page and right to the end it brought you into a bigger adventure. More mythology, more Sorcha and Eamonn, more to learn, and more to enjoy. Sorcha's growth was major in this and Eamonns growth once Sorcha returned to his side was much appreciated. There was a drift in their relationship in a way, but it was something they easily overcame. You find out some details in this book that will relate to book 4 and probably some occurrences that happened within this will lead to things in book 3. Many new things were introduced in this book and it was all very interesting to read about. The history between Druids and the Fae. Sorcha falling into her role as both a druid and queen. Eamonn finding support. Their interactions with Fionn. Sorcha gaining the trust of the people she would eventually come to rule. So much was put into this book that it's hard not to want to read it again (which I did). You get a bigger outlook into the world and characters who have grown along with the world. Just another reason to be ready to read the next installment Bride of the Sea. 5/5 stars, great work

  28. 4 out of 5

    milou ☕️

    1.) Heart of the Fae ★★★★★ 2.) Veins of Magic ★★★★ 4,5 stars And thus the story of Eamonn and Sorcha has come to an end and what a whirlwind it has been. The first book had ended with a very sudden plot twist where Sorcha and Eamonn get separated which results into Sorcha returning to the human world. They are lost between realms. Only Sorcha is a force entirely to be reckoned with and she doesn't let it rest. When she finds out the truth about her heritage she is able to make her way back to the O 1.) Heart of the Fae ★★★★★ 2.) Veins of Magic ★★★★ 4,5 stars And thus the story of Eamonn and Sorcha has come to an end and what a whirlwind it has been. The first book had ended with a very sudden plot twist where Sorcha and Eamonn get separated which results into Sorcha returning to the human world. They are lost between realms. Only Sorcha is a force entirely to be reckoned with and she doesn't let it rest. When she finds out the truth about her heritage she is able to make her way back to the Otherworld where five years have passed since her departure and Eamonn is ready to go to war against his brother to get his rightful throne back. I hadn't expected that this book would almost be entirely actionpacked whereas the first one had solely focused on the relationship between Sorcha and Eamonn. This was all about the inevitable war that was drawing closer and to restore the peace to the land. Reading this book will make you fall in love with Ireland and its mythology. The magical elements were as strong as ever and we are introduced to even more magical creatures like dwarves! Personally I adored the female dwarf Cait a lot who won my heart really quickly. I want to tell you more about what kind of magical creatures, races and magic is present in this book, but this is something that you have to experience for yourself. It will ruin all of the beauty. War is dark and dangerous, there are many who fall prey to its nightmares.” Both Sorcha and Eamonn have grown an awful lot since the beginning of their story together and especially Sorcha. She has gone through such a length to try and safe the people that she loved. I love her for staying true to her real self after everything that has happened and that she's never forgetting where she came from and she's proud of it. Sorcha was a main protagonist who was very close to my heart and I'm going to miss her fierce and spirited attitude a lot! I had no idea what I was in for when I started this series but I'm completely overwhelmed. Emma Hamm has really succeeded in twisting Irish mythology and all sorts of magical elements into her story and it's absolutely beautiful from the beginning till the end. I'm proud at her for writing this to be honest. Now I'm saddened that this was the official ending of Eamonn and Sorcha's tale but I'll definitely continue with the rest of this series!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Barb

    Entertaining read, but also very bad. The story was filled with plotholes and the world building was thrown out of the window for the sake of p l o t.

  30. 5 out of 5

    JoAnn

    3.5 Stars If you haven’t read the first one and plan on it, I would probably avoid this review. May contain a couple spoilers. This book finishes off this beauty and the beast retelling with Sorcha trying to live and deal with her life after Eamonn sent her away. She’s a changed woman and although she still wants to heal her people she also wants more from life. After some family intervention Sorcha is on a path of healing and her writing destiny. Eamonn has been fighting and surviving non stop 3.5 Stars If you haven’t read the first one and plan on it, I would probably avoid this review. May contain a couple spoilers. This book finishes off this beauty and the beast retelling with Sorcha trying to live and deal with her life after Eamonn sent her away. She’s a changed woman and although she still wants to heal her people she also wants more from life. After some family intervention Sorcha is on a path of healing and her writing destiny. Eamonn has been fighting and surviving non stop since the day his brother declared war and he had to send Sorcha away. But he has changed as well, blood lust drives him and feeling and emotions evade him. Things changes when stubborn Sorcha finds her way back to the otherworld and to him. 5 years have past in the otherworld but Sorcha is still hoping to spread her healing as well as heal the man she cares for the most. As the book progressed Sorcha and Eamonn are still learning and growing, not only as a couple but as people and as leaders. They have two different ideas on winning back the thrown and saving Eamonn’s people. I really enjoyed the first half of this book, but the second half kind of drug on for me. That could just be my second book syndrome talking, I know I should never read a continuation/conclusion book right after the first one, I usually tend to lose a little interest. A few things irked me here and there, mainly the fact that big deals seemed to be solved so easily like they never happened. If you’re going to make a big deal about something then give me some drama about it. Anywho, you can bet your tits I am still going to read the next in the series! Little mermaid retelling? Yes please. (Just not next lol)

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