It’s been a while since I’ve read an urban fantasy/paranormal romance and if I had to pick, Amelia Hutchins’ The Fae Chronicles falls into the paranormal romance category with some urban fantasy elements. The series that the Fae Chronicles most resembles is Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. Unlike Mac, however, the main protagonist of the Fae Chronicles, Synthia, is magically inclined from the get-go. She is a Witch, leader of a coven that has established itself to protect the human world from the residents of the Otherworld, most specifically the Fae. When the reader starts book one, Fighting Destiny, he or she will already see Synthia in action and how brutal the world that she’s involved in really is.
If I had to pinpoint an ambiance for the series, it’s both melancholic and sexy at the same time. There’s an understanding that no matter what Syn or the members of her coven do, there’s always a bigger, badder power waiting in the wings. In addition, Syn’s main lust interest (I don’t know if I’d start off with love) is Ryder, the Dark Heir to the Dark Fae kingdom. Ryder is not a gentle, touchy feely hero nor is he a rational alpha hero. He’s all alpha and very much inhuman. The fact that the Fae are not human is constantly stressed to Synthia, but she has to learn the hard way the realities of dealing with a creature that is literally not of this world. The series is erotic in that Synthia and Ryder share a sexual connection as well as the fact that the Fae are very sexual creatures. This is not too dissimilar from Faefever where readers saw Mac succumb to the emotional and mental manipulation of the Fae. The difference between Mac and Synthia in this situation is that Synthia’s narrative clashes between her rational mind and physical effects, she’s somewhat aware of what is happening to her versus that catatonic Mac who becomes subsumed in Fae magic. Both books could be triggering for those who find any hint of emotional manipulation or even the theme of non-consensual sex triggering, even though Ryder makes sure to get Synthia’s verbal agreement during their time in the bedroom.
[The Fae Chronicles series is Fae-tastic ...]