*I received an eARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
From literally the first page, I was hooked and could tell I was going to love this book.
At 3% in, I was completely awed by the beautifully written descriptions of the music. If I had a reading bucket list, hearing Andres Valentine play violin would be in my #1 spot.
After that, I was thrown head first into the dark, disturbing and twisted. I don’t know if I was more disturbed by the descriptions of how they were reanimating a dead person or by the legitimate obsession the doctor had with Andres.
…but disturbed in a great way. I’m not sure any book has made me feel quite like that before, and definitely not so strongly.
Make no mistake though, this was not a gruesome or graphic book. It was more… unsettling and creepy, what with the possibly immoral Frankenstein-esque science, the doctor’s unrequited obsession, the tangled feelings of all the characters, and the dark fae playing puppetmaster over all of them. The creepiness somewhat abated about halfway through, which disappointed me, but an ominous cloud still hung over everything.
The characters themselves were developed and seemed to have a lot of complexity behind them, but I don’t think one book was enough to truly get to the depth of it. That’s the beauty of series though, and I look forward to getting to know them even more in next book.
The romance didn’t seem to be the main focus, but relationships and feelings did play a big role. And the romance that was there was adorably sweet and loving (a tad insta-lovey but somehow believable).
As for the plot, it was slow-paced, but not in a bad way. It allowed me to absorb the mood and focus on the characters.
Altogether it was a well-written book, but it was the addition of the pretty writing and the creepy feeling in the first half that pushed it to that extra half star for me, and I’m so glad I read it!
P.S. If you like having music in the background when you read, I recommend some dark, instrumental violin and piano music. It really sets the mood for the story!
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At the chasm between life and death lurks the art of reanimation.
When world-famous violinist Andres Valentine is pushed from a window to his death by Herr Maestro Wilhelm Kering, he is snatched back from the abyss by a doctor well-versed in reanimation. Contrary to popular belief, Andres’s life up to this point has not been filled with opulent soirees and adoring fans, but is controlled by a hellish force, a being of the dark fae—Azgarth.
Henri Vauss is a medical student who works for a man capable of raising the dead. Even though the practice is controversial, Henri sees the revolutionary side of the science and enjoys the challenges he finds in Dr. Stanslovich’s lab. Ever since taking on the case of Valentine, though, odd occurrences have infected the manor, making Henri question everything he believes about science and the world.
When Valentine confides to Henri that he wants to be rid of Azgarth’s bonds, Henri vows to find a way to free him, never expecting to get caught in the snare of the fae master.
Book Author: Cassie Sweet
Publisher: DSP Publications
Series: Azgarth's Chosen
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, LGBT, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
My Book Rating: 4.5
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series
Setting Location: England, London
Sexual Orientation: Gay (Love Interest), Gay (Main Character)
Non-Human Type: Faeries/Fae
Romance Type: M-M
Romance Aspects: Insta-Love
Other: Music, Paranormal/Supernatural
Extra Love: Adorable Relationship, Beautiful Writing, Healthy Relationship