Caitlin's Book of Shadows is, as it's called, a story set between books 1 and 2 of Juli D. Revezzo's Antique Magic series. As such, it's not necessarily something one should read and expect to understand without having read the first book, The Artist's Inheritance. That said, as a continuation of Caitlin's and Trevor's life, and adventures, together, Caitlin's Book of Shadows is a great story. We get to see a bit of the emotional aftermath of the events in book one, we get to see Cait and Trevor putting in effort to get their relationship back to okay, and we get to see how they begin to integrate the changes fate and life threw at them. And we get some foreshadowing of the book yet to come.
There is a trend for shorter works to be released between books, either on author websites, exclusive mailing lists, or, now, in e-book format, and as a reader, I have to say I honestly enjoy this trend, and one I'm glad Ms. Revezzo has decided to take part in.
I get so excited when Revezzo releases a new title, and Changeling's Crown did not disappoint! I'm still on the fence when it comes to the "New Adult" genre tag, but since I'm really all about the story, being on that fence doesn't mean I won't buy a story that sounds intriguing, especially when it's by an author I've been following for some time.
Changeling's Crown is the story of Briak and Ianthe -- a fey lord who knows exactly what he wants, and a faery godmother who can't seem to do anything right, no matter how much she tries. When their paths cross -- that is, when Briak makes sure their paths cross, everything Ianthe knows about herself is called into question. Does she dare to follow where her heart is leading her, or will she held back by what her society tells her she ought to be?
On the surface, this is a fun, attractive, sometimes light-hearted novella: the ups and downs Ianthe is struggling through are a comedy of errors, the sort of 'so bad it's either laugh or cry' days that I know we can all relate to. Threaded throughout, however, is a more serious, darker tale of lies, deceit, and the knots that we often tie ourselves in trying to please others, ignoring all the while what our hearts are telling us about ourselves. It doesn't hurt at all that the chemistry between Ianthe and Briak is steamy . . .