House of Lies and Sorrow by: Emily Blackwood

Jade Farrow will die tomorrow. 

Her fate was decided years ago, when her useless father made a deal with the greedy fae king to save his own life. Now, she is being sent to marry one of the five ruthless fae princes. The only problem is that she is not the first human to marry a fae prince. And like every human wife before her, Jade is going to be killed before she can find a way out.

Malachi Weyland is the heir to the fae throne. It’s the reason his brothers have despised him all these years, and it’s the reason his father is adamant on finding him a human wife. Malachi has one job, and that is to unite the fae and human lands. But Malachi has a secret, and it’s one that gives him his rightful name amongst both the human and fae lands: The Prince of Shadows.

Jade and Malachi are faced with life-or-death challenges as Jade is thrown into Malachi’s world. Will she die just like every wife before her? Or will Malachi, the same fae who is feared across all of Rewyth, be the one to save her life?

Content Warnings: Alcoholic and abusive [mentally/emotionally/physically] parent, violence, blood/gore, murder, and racism.

When a human is forced to marry a Fae Prince a lot of misunderstandings and distrust are bound to occur…

The only thing Jade knows about her future husband, The Prince of Shadows, is the rumor that every woman he marries dies on their wedding day. Believing she’s off to her execution, rather than her wedding, Jade is determined to go out fighting.

Malachi has never wanted to marry but he’s also never been the cause of his wives’ untimely deaths. This time he WILL protect his new wife and uncover who’s behind the murders, of his previous wives if it’s the last thing he does. Although she’s clearly scared he likes that Jade won’t be intimidated by anyone in the Fae court…including him.

I had a lot of fun reading through this first installment…until the last few pages. Right at the end a bunch of stuff is thrown at us that felt rushed and messy. I’m hoping that the next book smooths everything out and is paced better. The way this book ends felt extremely abrupt…like you’re enjoying a stroll and then out of nowhere the person you’re learning about throws you a curveball, your jacket, and says “goodbye, good luck, see ya!” That might be a tad dramatic haha but that’s how I was feeling.

Overall I enjoyed this first book and look forward to continuing the series. I feel like I saw a Tiktok or something that said the series starts out as YA and slowly, as the characters age up [Jade is only 17 in book one] we start to see it shift to New Adult but don’t quote me…I watch a lot of Booktok videos and could be mixing it up with another. *nervous laugh*

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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