I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this story to review - in short, it was a fun read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you haven't read her first book, FAIRYPROOF, you might get a little lost as she jumps right into the fairy realm and fairy lingo, so go read the first book first. You can read my review of FAIRYPROOF here... and here's my review of COUNCIL COURTSHIP...
Book Review: COUNCIL COURTSHIP, by Constance Phillips
Published October 2013
About the book:
Tristan Ipsly knows firsthand how Eero's ideals have ripped houses apart. More than half of his family was prosecuted for supporting the revolution, the remaining fled to the the otherworld, leaving him the lone member of his house, and one of two candidates for the recently vacated Council seat. As a healer who is seated on the repopulation project, he has real solutions to the problems that face them all, but fears he's been branded a traitor, not worthy of the seat nor to court Quinn.
Quinn Vettore knows that Fairykind is dying. Eero and his revolution have left them a people divided, but she believes tradition and the Canon's writings are equally to blame. She wants to see the Council fill the vacancy with someone who will be the voice of change. The prime candidate in her mind is the same choice of her heart: Tristan.
Too bad her Grandfather is the one man who stands in the way of both.
In her latest novella, author Constance Phillips plunges us back into the world she created in FAIRYPROOF with a quick, 72-page tale filled with romance and political intrigue.
In the fairy plane of existence, society is segregated by class and family, or “house,” reminiscent of ancient Rome or old England. Their world follows laws and traditions set out in the Canon, and enforced by a supreme Council, with representative members from the major houses. In FAIRYPROOF, we learned that not all fairies are happy with this archaic arrangement, longing for more freedom to make their own life choices.
Tristan Ipsly is from the disgraced house that spawned the villainous Eero, but he chose to stay in the fairy realm while the rest of his family either fled or faced prosecution for fomenting revolution. Tristan is a healer and scientist, in charge of the Repopulation Project, which is trying to figure out an answer for the dwindling fairy population.
His even bigger problem? Trying to figure out a way he can ask the lovely Quinn Vettore out on a date, when her grandfather hates Tristan and looks down on his traitorous house. To complicate matters further, Tristan and Edwin Vettore are now rivals for the vacant seat on the Council.
The point of view switches back and forth between Tristan and Quinn, so we are able to see both sides of their longing for one another, as well as Quinn’s supreme frustration with the narrow scope of her personal freedom as a female, and the lack of choices she is allowed to make for herself.
Ms. Phillips does a wonderful job of creating characters you really want to root for, and storylines that suck you right in and don’t let go until you reach the end. I loved catching up with the familiar characters from FAIRYPROOF, and seeing how their stories are progressing. My only complaint was that this was over far too quickly! I’m looking forward to another full-length story from Ms. Phillips – hopefully soon!
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