Elfin (The Elfin #1)
By Quinn Loftis
Published December 23rd, 2012
Before tonight Cassie Tate’s biggest concerns were whether she could pass Algebra and how she was going to keep Elora, her best friend, from dressing her in a skimpy fairy costume for Halloween. Her feet were firmly planted in suburban reality and she had no reason to believe her life would be anything but that of a typical teenager. That is until tonight, when Cassie saw something that no human was ever supposed to see; in the blink of an eye she was thrown into the world of the Light and Dark Elves.He comes from a realm where light and dark have fought for millennia. He is of a race known to humans only in myths and legends. The darkness that lives inside him is a part of both who and what he is and it makes him the most gifted spy and assassin in the history of his time. His life is not his own; he lives in the service of the Dark Elf King. He slays who he must, has mercy on no one, is relentless in his hunt, and never tires of seeing his prey fall. He is Triktapic, assassin, spy, most feared of the Dark Elves.Now, in the midst of his King’s complicated plans to expand the Dark Elves’ holdings into the mortal realm, for the first time, Trik finds his loyalties divided. For no Elf, Dark or Light, can turn away from their Chosen.Unbeknownst to the mortal realm, the battle between Light and Dark is being brought to their doorstep. The only one who can keep it at bay holds darkness in his heart like a lover, and the one who can sway that heart must decide if she can look beyond his black past, beyond his evil nature and see the man he is destined to be.The question must be asked, does love really cover a multitude of sins? Can true love actually conquer all or will his darkness consume those around him until all that stands is an assassin with the blood of the mortal realm on his hands?”
About the Author
Quinn lives in beautiful NW Arkansas with her husband, son, Doberman and cat (who thinks she is a ninja in disguise). She is beyond thankful that she has been blessed to be able to write full time and hopes the readers know how much all of their support means to her. Some of her hobbies include reading, exercising, crochet, and spending time with family and friends. She gives all credit of her success to God because he gave her the creative spirit and vivid imagination it takes to write.
After reading the blurb, I knew I had to read it. I’m a huge fan of anything to do with elves, fairies and the like. And given that it revolves around the “bad guys” adds bonus points.
Right from the start we are thrown into the world that Loftis has beautifully created. The writing is exceptionally detailed, painting the world that Trik is apart of vividly. There weren’t many politics mentioned that revolve around the Elfin, but what little was described was pretty intriguing. I really liked the small paragraph above the beginning of every chapter. It was an interesting way to give us a little more insight into the characters and world. There was one surprising twist that I hadn’t seen coming and that changed the book entirely.
The story revolves around Trik, The Dark Assassin and Cassie, a normal teenage girl. Pretty early on these two meet and discover that Cassie is Trik’s chosen. I liked Cassie; she’s funny, loving but very naive. She’s an innocent, seeing the good in everyone and it very much set in her ways. Trik, on the other hand, is her opposite. Cruel, dark and complicated (he is “The Dark Assassin”, after all). I loved the interactions between these two. It’s obvious from the start that Cassie brings the good out in Trik. While there isn’t “insta love” per say, their attraction to each other is sudden, even having physical symptoms from being away from each other. The L word wasn’t thrown around right away. There are a lot of others in the story that play a huge role in the story. Elora is probably my favorite secondary character. This girl is hilarious!
Aside from the love story; the plot does revolve around the escalating war between the Light and Dark Elves. However, I feel that going into too much detail would spoil what The Dark King’s master plan. Y’all just have to read it for yourself to find out!
Overall~ I liked it. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a sweet story about true love, getting into the mind of the bad guys and ELVES! 🙂
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