Review: Power of Five by Alex Lidell

Posted May 8th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Power of Five by Alex Lidell

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Power of Five

Review: Power of Five by Alex Lidell
This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Author: Alex Lidell
Series: Power of Five #1
Publisher: Danger Bearing Press
Release date: May 4th 2018
Genres: New Adult, Fantasy, Reverse Harem, Romance
Pages: 226
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon
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Purchase: Amazon UK | Amazon US

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Star rating:
Heat rating: three-flames

Four elite fae warriors. One mortal female. A magical bond they can’t allow—or resist.

Orphaned and sold to a harsh master, Lera’s life is about mucking stalls, avoiding her master’s advances, and steering clear of the mystical forest separating the mortal and fae worlds. Only fools venture into the immortal realms, and only dark rumors come out... Until four powerful fae warriors appear at Lera’s barn.

River, Coal, Tye, and Shade have waited a decade for their new fifth to be chosen, the wounds from their quint brother’s loss still raw. But the magic has played a cruel trick, bonding the four immortal warriors to... a female. A mortal female.

Distractingly beautiful and dangerously frail, Lera can only be one thing—a mistake. Yet as the males bring Lera back to the fae lands to sever the bond, they discover that she holds more power over their souls than is safe for anyone... especially for Lera herself.

Power of Five is a full-length reverse-harem fantasy novel.

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The Faerie Queen’s review

So you may have noticed my recent addiction to reverse harem romances. It really takes romance into the world of fantasy for me, entertaining this idea that I could have multiple gorgeous and interesting men all to myself. Add to that the fact that the men in Power of Five are fae and you’ve hooked me. There is a reason I call myself the Faerie Queen. I LOVE FAERIES.

And I loved this book.

As with all reverse harems, I could pinpoint the stereotypes that each guy played: the serious one, the playful one, the broken one, etc. But I was completely endeared to each and every one of them. They were each sexy and so warm in their own ways, though it took time for each to show this. Yes, ok, there was some insta-ness going on, given how magic had “chosen” them as a quint, but the bond wasn’t immediately accepted. If you’re going to incorporate bonding in your book, at least have the characters struggle against it a bit. And I had a lot of fun reading about the push and pull between Lera and her four amazing fae warriors! And ugh, do you know how much I love reading training scenes?

The world-building was pretty good. I liked that it was set in a fantasy world, though it did take a chapter or two for me to figure out the timing. (I don’t know why my brain didn’t assume it was historical given the cover.) I also liked the cultural and magical aspects of the world, and how quints were formed. I got a bit lost in the descriptions of the creatures that showed up, so my mental image of any fights involved sexy men in detail vs. scary blobs with fangs.

This was a bit different from other reverse harem novels in that the fantasy element was more developed. While there is a time and a place for “fun”, some other books do stray into silliness sometimes and can be a bit (or a lot) crass. I think this might be one of my favourite reverse harems because the romance and fantasy is a lot more balanced than others. It wasn’t just an excuse to right group sex scenes, basically! In fact, this book didn’t go all the way, which was frustrating, but in an absolutely delicious way. Alex gave us just enough to get our engines revving while also leaving out the truly juicy stuff so that I’m now begging for the next instalment.

This baby is available on Kindle Unlimited, and the second book is coming out three days after my birthday, like a little belated present to me. I cannot wait.

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I would recommend this book to…

Fans of fae (me) and reverse harem (also me)

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About Alex Lidell

Alex Lidell is the Amazon Breakout Novel Awards finalist author of THE CADET OF TILDOR (Penguin, 2013). She is an avid horseback rider, a (bad) hockey player, and an ice-cream addict. Born in Russia, Alex learned English in elementary school, where a thoughtful librarian placed a copy of Tamora Pierce’s ALANNA in Alex’s hands. In addition to becoming the first English book Alex read for fun, ALANNA started Alex’s life long love for YA fantasy books. Alex is represented by Leigh Feldman of Leigh Feldman Literary. She lives in Washington, DC.


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