The Immortal Circus by A. R. Kahler – The best Prime freebie I’ve read all year!
Synopsis: Murdered contortionists aren’t exactly what Vivienne signed up for when she ran away to join the circus. But like most things under the big top, nothing is what it seems. With a past she can’t quite remember, Vivienne finds that running away forever might not be as appealing as it once sounded, especially not when she realizes the devilishly attractive ringleader Mab is the Faerie Queen of legend, and that she and the rest of the troupe are locked in an age-old rivalry between the otherworldly Courts. Aided by her friends Kingston, a feisty stage magician whose magic is quickly stealing her heart, and his smart-ass assistant Melody, Vivienne finds herself racing against the clock to discover the culprit behind a series of deaths that should be impossible. However, the answer she seeks might reveal more about her own bloody past ? and future ? than she bargained for. The show’s just beginning. Step right up?
Review: Talk about an imagination! I wasn’t totally sure of what to expect going into this one. I wasn’t sure which book to choose for my monthly kindle prime freebie and time was running out. It was a debut, and it was originally a Kindle serial series. But all in all it turned out wonderfully.
Though I’ve read other novels with a circus theme, this one certainly comes off as unique. Mab is a really cool leader. There are a lot of questions but the story pulls you in so that you really want to read along to get them answered. She can be generous but she absolutely has an agenda, so it keeps things interesting.
I really enjoyed the evolving family dynamic. Romance fans who prefer the slow build should appreciate this one, though it’s not agonizingly slow progress either. We are just scraping the surface for what the future will bring.
I think A. R. Kahler keeping his name ambiguous was a good thing. I know that some people prefer female authors in this genre, especially when it’s written in a female’s perspective. But A.R. handles it well and makes all gender appealing, especially the potential love interest. Upon reading his bio I learned that he actually was a part of a circus troupe. That’s about the only way to explain why this book felt so authentic and legit (as far as the paranormal goes of course).
The next one is due out soon and I’m getting it, Prime or no Prime! It’s currently at $3.99 on the Kindle, but the pre-order for book 2 is $1.99.