by Jeffe Kennedy
Series: Covenant of Thorns #1
Published on July 16, 2012 by Carina Press
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
This is no fairy tale...
Haunted by nightmares of a black dog, sick to death of my mind-numbing career and heart-numbing fiance, I impulsively walked out of my life--and fell into Faerie. Terrified, fascinated, I discover I possess a power I can't control: my wishes come true. After an all-too-real attack by the animal from my dreams, I wake to find myself the captive of the seductive and ruthless fae lord Rogue. In return for my rescue, he demands an extravagant price--my firstborn child, which he intends to sire himself...
With no hope of escaping this world, I must learn to harness my magic and build a new life despite the perils--including my own inexplicable and debilitating desire for Rogue. I swear I will never submit to his demands, no matter what erotic torment he subjects me to...
I received an ARC of Rogue’s Pawn through NetGalley and Carina Press. The novel is a fantasy delving deep into the world of The People. Not only did the writing keep me hooked from beginning to end, the story itself was captivating and exactly what I look for in an edgy book of faeries, magic, and a kick-a** heroine. The world was a character in itself, brought to life by Kennedy’s rich descriptions. Not only does the author discuss the physical aspects of Faerie, she also highlights the more cultural-related topics like social hierarchy and the similarities–and differences–between humans and the fae.
Out of the entire novel, however, I think what I liked most was that as the protagonist, Jen, changes so does the writing. You, as a reader, can visually track the development and growth of Jen throughout the story as the writing style switches from a very talkative, bubbly voice into something darker before she finds herself once more. It brought a new life to both the story and character that I haven’t seen in many novels to-date (and it’s also one of the things I completely retained upon completing Rogue’s Pawn).
This novel is dark and edgy, laced with action, romance, and a bit of humor. I do wish Kennedy would have revealed Darling’s “battle” name (you’ll have to read it to find out who Darling is) but more for personal curiosity than necessity to complete the story. There are some more explicit scenes sprinkled throughout Rogue’s Pawn so I wouldn’t recommend this for MG and younger YA readers as it is definitely an adult book. Overall, I found it an enjoyable read and definitely recommend it.