Lasair Faol, Master of the Fade-Hounds to the Royal court of the Demesne of Fire in the Fae Realm, has been exiled to the human world by the Princess Consort for failing to catch her son’s kidnapper. Bryce Newhouse, Greenwich Village investment banker, is universally loathed by all who know him. Generally, he’s perfectly cool with that, but he discovers what he’s been missing—literally — when he finds Lasair chained in his basement.
Bryce was supposed to receive half of Lasair’s soul at his birth, but thanks to the Fae of Purgatory, the Pattern — the portal between the worlds — has been damaged, and Bryce’s soul arrived 31 years too late. Now the exiled Fae is the shunned human’s only hope of healing his broken past. And with the fate of two worlds riding on that healing, Lasair is going to have to overcome both his race’s innate mistrust of genuine emotion and his own very unFae awkwardness, to have any chance of reaching Bryce’s impenetrable heart.
I know I said that the last person that I expected to relate to in this series was Cuinn when I reviewed Firestorm. That was before I found out that Bryce was getting his own story. Granted, he gained a couple of ‘brownie points’ at the end of Firestorm, but after everything he had pulled up until that point, I never would have guessed he warranted even a trace amount of sympathy. I’ve said it before, yet it bares repeating. One of the many things that an author can impress me with is their ability to make me sympathize with a character who I’ve grown to hate. Rory Ni Coileain has definitely done that with Bryce and that was no easy feat.
As unique as Cuinn and Rian’s Soulshare was, there was an even stranger twist to the connection between Bryce and Lasair. Turns out that part of the reason why Bryce was such a jerk was because he had no soul to begin with. Because of that, Lasair could see the worth in Bryce even when no one else could. Just another unique twist in the Soulshares series that keeps me reading. I’m also loving the fact that all the previous characters are still an important part of the series.
I also loved learning about Bryce’s back story. It made sympathizing with him just a little bit easier. The Marfach’s POV still made me cringe, but the cuteness of the baby Fade-Hound balanced those moments out just a little. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series and can’t wait to see what Coileain has in store for readers next. 😉