Stealing the Wind
Title: Stealing the Wind
Author: Shira Anthony
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: A List
Blurb: Mermen of Ea: Book One
Taren Laxley has never known anything but life as a slave. When a lusty pirate kidnaps him and holds him prisoner on his ship, Taren embraces the chance to realize his dream of a seagoing life. Not only does the pirate captain offer him freedom in exchange for three years of labor and sexual servitude, but the pleasures Taren finds when he joins the captain and first mate in bed far surpass his greatest fantasies.
Then, during a storm, Taren dives overboard to save another sailor and is lost at sea. He’s rescued by Ian Dunaidh, the enigmatic and seemingly ageless captain of a rival ship, the Phantom, and Taren feels an overwhelming attraction to Ian that Ian appears to share. Soon Taren learns a secret that will change his life forever: Ian and his people are Ea, shape-shifting merfolk… and Taren is one of them too. Bound to each other by a fierce passion neither can explain or deny, Taren and Ian are soon embroiled in a war and forced to fight for a future—not only for themselves but for all their kind.
Review: What a fantastic start to a new fantasy series. I was sucked in from the first page and am now waiting impatiently for the next book.
Taren is amazing. He had been through so much and lost everything over and over again yet his sweet openness remained. He had lived as a slave his entire life and struggled to find a balance between his more assertive nature and the shackles that he’d always lived with. It is very important to Ian that he is always there by choice, but Taren has never been allowed to make his own choices. He is afraid of the sudden responsibility that comes with making decisions.
Ian was such an alpha male, he was fighting his second nature’s desires from his first glimpse of Taren. He was so confused. He had to live with so much of himself shut down in order to survive. When Taren came into his life and he could no longer hide from himself or his future his focus became keeping Taren safe. Every time he went against his instinct to keep Taren at his side bad things happened to them both.
There was such a fascinating cast of characters that inhabited this world. Their friends are amazing and the relationships were not simple or one dimensional. They will all have to work together if they are going to survive.
I loved that the author allowed them to have complicated pasts and didn’t try to make everything neat or virginal. It wouldn’t have made any sense or fit the characters or story.
The world building in this story was phenomenal. Full of beautiful creatures of myth, prophecies, swordfighting and pirates. While similar to a past version of Earth, their world is entirely their own. Inhabited by the Ea, merfolk who learned to hide their dual nature or risk the humans attacking them again. They live in fear of discovery and in perilous disagreement amongst themselves over where and how they should make their homes.
I loved this book! These men were so incredible together and the ending left me with such hopes for them and what they would become. I am so glad that their story will continue. My only issue is having to wait to find out what happens. War is coming and our heroes are starting to remember what was lost to them and plan for the future they are destined to create.
Reviewed by Nina
Posted on October 13, 2013, in Nina and tagged A Haunted Past, A List, Abuse, Angst, Apha, Awesome, Betrayal, Choices, Destiny, DSP, Falling Hard, fantasy, Finding A New Dream, Finding Your Power, Finding Yourself, First Love, Forgiveness, Freedom, Friends to Lovers, Grief, Happiness, Healing, Hiding, Island, Loss, Lost, Lost at Sea, Lost Family, Love, love triumphs over all, M/M, Making a New Life, Making Your Own Family, Merfolk, Mermen, Miscommunication, Nina, Older Man, paranormal, Pirates, Powers, Prisoner, Remembering, Sailors, sci fi, Sea, Secret, Series, Shifters, Ships, Slave, Supernatural, Sweet, Torture, Uncovering the Past, unrequited love, world building. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.