Title: Mantled In Mist (the SoulShares series #6)
Author: Rory Ni Coileain
Publisher: Riverdale Avenue Books
Publication date: January 20, 2016
Genre: Urban Fantasy, M/M, Erotica
Rating: 3.5 Stars
In the sixth novel in the Rainbow Award-nominated paranormal M/M SoulShares series, Fiachra Dubhdara is a Fae living a stolen life, in a body that isn’t his own. He’s also the most junior detective on the D.C. Vice squad, assigned the task of infiltrating and shutting down Tiernan Guaire’s Purgatory.
Peri Katsura is the newest and hottest masseur at Lochlann Doran’s Big Boy Massage, inexplicably drawn to the gorgeous cop assigned to bust him but needing to hide a dark secret of his own.
And the owner of Fiachra’s body has a plan to get it back – a plan that may cost Fiachra his SoulShare and close the doors of Purgatory forever. Unless the Marfach gets there first…
Well met again, Fae of Demesne of Purgatory. In this sixth installment of SoulShares series, they were still facing their long enemy, the Marfach in their walking dead Janek’s putrefied glory. The new face to the mix was Fiachra Dubhdara, or Darkwood as known by his fellow police officers, a dark fae in a stolen body of blond god; and his scair-anam, or SoulShare, Japanese-descent Peregrine Took “Peri” Katsura (yes, his mother named him after a Hobbit, go figure ^,^).
Having followed this series series from the start, I’m familiar with a lot of “regular” terms but still stopped once in a while at the convos in fae language. Knowing the background story and where these group in their stand-off with the Marfach also helped understand and enjoying this book a lot, which is why I wouldn’t suggest it to be read as a standalone. Each stories in this series should be read in consecutive order.
SoulShares is one of the few series I wouldn’t mind so much with steamy scenes in graphic details; those being part of the story. Though in this book I was a bit uncomfortable with Peri’s background, considering his line of work. There were also brutal scenes, both implied and told, here.
I have come to accept further installments in the series would not solely focus on single pair of SoulShares as also happened in this book. The down side for me was it made the connection between Fiachra and Peri felt too rushed; and their personal issues (of course they would have personal issues, these were lost souls, fcs!) were not fully explored as they had to share pages with the other couples and some second characters.
The upside, of course, we got to meet the usual suspects, Prince Rian, his royal consort: Cuinn, and their fae-at-arms (for want of a better word) and more twist to this whole Realm/Human world tale. Part of that clued in what would come next in the following books. At least that’s how I figured this series so far.
After worrying themselves (well, Fiachra and Peri the most, really) crazy of how to go about swapping Fiachra’s real body, it’s almost anticlimactic the way it went down – though what followed was certainly interesting (not as intense as the previous encounters, but still).
What I loved about this series was how it tried to stay sensible in not trying to solve everything all-in-one, like what befell on the recurring characters here. Personally I thought they served as a sort of “promise” of more to come in the series.
ARC is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the exchange of a fair and honest review.