The Flame and the Arrow
by Emigh Cannaday
Book: The Annika Brisby Series #1
Publisher: Emigh Cannaday
Pub Date: November 2010
Genre: Young Adult
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“Don’t do it, Annika,” he taunted. His eyes were no longer bright and charming but dark and intense, yet they still twinkled. He was tempting, but was he harmful?
Aspiring rock star Annika Brisby thinks she knows where her life is going until she steps through a broken portal that leaves her stranded in a realm of fairies, vampires, and other mythical beings. Unable to return until it’s repaired, she’s rescued by wood nymphs who believe her sudden arrival is no accident. After being taken in by a prominent family of elves, Annika finds herself struggling to resist the seductive spell of their youngest son, Talvi. Equal parts arrogant and alluring, the notorious heartbreaker seems like the perfect distraction for her homesickness. Her new friends warn her that she’ll probably regret ever laying eyes on him, and what begins as a casual fling quickly burns too hot to handle. By the time Annika learns the consequences of their forbidden trysts, Talvi’s already under her skin and dangerously close to her heart. But on the journey home she discovers that there’s a mountain of secrets that he’s not telling her, and Annika can’t help wondering who’s really in danger.
* Previously titled Balkan Magic, The Misadventures of Annika Brisby
My Review: Annika is this amazing rock star. She knows what she wants and where she is going in life. Nothing could ruin things for her, that is until she went through a portal that brought her to a mythical realm. She can’t leave this place until the portal has been repaired. So how can she even fix something, when she hasn’t the slightest idea. And her arrival doesn’t seem to be an accident. So right now shes been taken to stay with some elves.
Annika needs to get herself home. It’s going to be dangerous, but whos really in danger here? Her or the elf she has swoon over? Talvi is the youngest and swoon worthy. But she can’t fall for his spell. She can’t get close or anything. But she can’t help it. Though is it worth all the secrets he has hidden?
The path home was a great read. Loved seeing Annika develop and learn some more about this realm. Its a great new story about a mythical realm. Fairies and vampires have been over done, but it was woven in just right. The characters were done well. You’ll easily be able to pick out who you like and who you want to get lost in this realm.
I liked the book and can’t wait for what else the author writes up!