At 12, Gareth saves a girl from falling out of a tree by discovering an ability to fly. Having been crippled all his life, being able to fly gives him a new sense of freedom, and as he gets older he becomes the flying knight that protects his grandfather's shire. When his aunt Tabitha (who is younger than him) introduces him to her friend, Jessamine, he becomes the unwilling recipient of the woman's attention, even more so when his grandfather persuades him to marry her. Though there is more going on than Gareth realises, and he is about to find out more of the truth about his ancestry than he could possibly imagine.
I'll admit that I actually found it quite hard to get into Armored Hearts at first, though I think that was mainly down to the fact that I found it difficult to relate to Gareth, particularly as his surly personality was so brilliantly created that it crossed from the page. But as Tabitha got older, and Jessamine introduced, I found that the story began to draw me in a lot more, and there was more to gain my attention.
What I wasn't expecting from this book was the folk lore/paranormal aspects associated with Fae. Despite the fact that Gareth's ability to fly was introduced early on in the book, the Fae themselves weren't introduced until at least half way through, which seemed like quite a late place to introduce them. But after their introduction the Fae weaved seamlessly into the rest of the story and opened far more doors to mysteries in the book.
There was also a romance story, though Jessamine seemed enamoured with Gareth a lot earlier than he even realised he had feelings, but I thought that the authors managed to make Gareth's feelings, and the walls he had to have broken down, feel real and believable, as well as being super sweet at times.
The other thing that I really liked about this book was the references to women's movements and the suffragettes. A bit of steampunk comes through at this stage with the introduction of automatons and the underground women's ring. Which again, added an interesting twist to the plot line.
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Armored Hearts, book 1
When a crippled young lord rescues a girl falling from a tree, it reveals a secret about himself and his mother's side of the family that could put him at the center of a war with beings he thought only existed in fairy tales. Tristan Gareth Smyth lived his entire life stuck at home at Waverly Park, left behind while his Grandfather makes trips to London, all because of his blasted wheelchair. Then an American heiress falls in his lap, literally, and he must find a way to keep her at a distance to protect not only his secret, but everyone around him from an assassin sent to kill him.
Melissa Turner Lee
Melissa Turner Lee holds a BA in Communications with a concentration in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. She has studied fiction writing since 2008, attending various writing conferences and workshops, along with guidance from professional writing coaches. She resides in Spartanburg, SC with her husband and 3 sons.
In simple language, Pauline Creeden creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.
Armored Hearts, her joint effort with author Melissa Turner Lee, has been a #1 Bestseller in Christian Fantasy and been awarded the Crowned Heart for Excellence by InDtale Magazine. Her debut novel, Sanctuary is scheduled for release September 30, 2013, and has already been nominated for two awards in YA Science Fiction.
One of Pauline's short stories has won the CCW Short Story contest. Other short stories have been published in Fear & Trembling Magazine, Obsidian River and Avenir Eclectia. An urban fantasy short will appear in The Book of Sylvari: An Anthology of Elves from Port Yonder Press, and a vampire short will appear in Monsters! from Diminished Media Group.
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