The Dark Huntsman

Tales of the Black Court, #1

As a huge fan of fairy tales, I was thrilled to find this tale. Let me be the first to say it did not disappoint in the least. I will say, as first glance, I was unsure as to which fairy tale it was a retelling of, as it was very different than any other I’ve ever read. The farther I read into it, the more obvious it became. I won’t spoil it and spill the beans, but the story does more very quickly, and is very dark and twisted. The characters are deep and enchanting, and I do hope to read the rest of the books that will be forthcoming. This fairy tale is one that will keep readers up at night, enthralled in the tale, just as I was.

Logan Ni Brennan is the Dark Huntsman. He has had this dubious title for years, and now released from his prison, the Black Queen has given him a task: Find the Mac Elvy witches and kill them all. Only then will the Queen allow him her trust. With a heavy heart, Logan sets out on his murderous task. What he finds is not what he expects at all. Trina Mac Elvy is a green witch. Delicate, sensitive, and beautiful beyond any he’s ever seen, she is nothing like he’s expected. She’s also feisty and hard headed. Upon meeting her, Logan knows there is much more to this than the Black Queen is telling him. So with his green witch in tow, Logan and Trina run. And with the Black Queen hot on their heels and betrayal everywhere they turn, who can they trust? And what of the prophecy they’ve heard so much of? Is that why The Queen wants the Mac Elvy’s dead? No one knows. And those who do aren’t saying.

Book Blurb for The Dark Huntsman

Dark, grown-up, fairytale romance. Dare to enter Jessica Aspen's world of spicy, fantasy romance in her new twisted fairy tale trilogy: Tales of the Black Court... An evil queen, a dangerous man, and a witch, tangled together in a tale of Snow White... Desperate to save the last of her family from the murderous Faery Queen, Trina Mac Elvy weaves a spell of entrapment. But instead of a common soldier, the queen has released the Dark Huntsman, a full blooded fae with lethal powers. Caged for treason, Logan Ni Brennan, is ready to do anything to win free of the manipulative queen, even if it includes running a last errand for her...murdering a witch. The sight of Trina, ready to fight despite the odds, gives him another option: use the witch as a chess piece, put the queen's son on the throne, and bring down the queen forever. As the queen slides into insanity and her closest advisor makes plans to succeed to the throne, Logan secrets Trina away in the enchanted forest and makes a decisive move in his dangerous game of manipulation. But the gaming tables of fate turn on him, and when Trina's life is threatened he discovers he risks more than his freedom...he risks his heart. Are you hungry for dark twisted tales of fantasy and seduction? Strong heroines and supernatural heroes come together, take on evil, and fall in love. Dare to discover your imagination and read Jessica Aspen's new twisted fairy tale trilogy: Tales of the Black Court.

Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2013 4.50