These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan – REVIEW
From New York Times best-selling author Lexi Ryan, Cruel Prince meets A Court of Thorns and Roses in this sexy, action-packed fantasy about a girl who is caught between two treacherous faerie courts and their dangerously seductive princes.
Brie hates the Fae and refuses to have anything to do with them, even if that means starving on the street. But when her sister is sold to the sadistic king of the Unseelie court to pay a debt, she’ll do whatever it takes to get her back—including making a deal with the king himself to steal three magical relics from the Seelie court.
Gaining unfettered access to the Seelie court is easier said than done. Brie’s only choice is to pose as a potential bride for Prince Ronan, and she soon finds herself falling for him. Unwilling to let her heart distract her, she accepts help from a band of Unseelie misfits with their own secret agenda. As Brie spends time with their mysterious leader, Finn, she struggles to resist his seductive charm.
Caught between two dangerous courts, Brie must decide who to trust with her loyalty. And with her heart.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Hodderscape.
Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
“I am a great thief. I can steal just about anything. But a faerie prince’s heart? I wouldn’t know where to start.”
So many books get compared to ACOTAR and the Cruel Prince but few stand up to the comparison. However, I’m pleased to say that These Hollow Vows definitely earns a place alongside these much-loved books.
Fae romances have been popular for years now and some books simply churn out the usual tropes and forget to offer anything new. Lexi Ryan has taken these tropes and made them feel fresh again. Alongside Fae lore is a healthy dose of fairytale staples and the story begins with a Cinderella-esque feel.
“May you always have a star to wish on, Abriella, and a reason to believe.”
Brie and Jas are two sisters living with their cruel aunt and spoiled cousins when their aunt sells Jas to the Unseelie King. Brie determines to rescue her sister and sets out for the Faerie realm but soon gets embroiled with two Fae Princes both wanting something from her. The love triangle was well written and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.
The first half of the book is slower as the author layers the world-building and introduces the characters and their motivations. The second half is incredible though and I just kept turning the pages until I finally finished. Political machinations and manipulations tear Brie’s life apart but that ending has me excited for the promised reckoning.
“I am not a pretty thing to be manipulated. I am darkness.”
These Hollow Vows was so much fun and an example of escapism at its best. It has definite ACOTAR and ACSDAL vibes and I don’t think fans of either will be disappointed. It’s aimed at slightly younger readers than ACOTAR although there are a couple of steamy scenes. I don’t know how I’m going to wait another year for the sequel though.