Zion’s life is falling apart. His home burned down, his obnoxious ex-boyfriend is scheduled to get out of jail, the managers of the magical Renaissance Faire expect him to do a month’s worth of work in days, he hasn’t seen his sick sister in nine months, and he’s discovered a hidden room filled with secrets in the rubble of his library.
Usually, spending a few hours practicing rope bondage would be enough to clear Zion’s head, but not this time. This time there’s too much going wrong, and none of his problems are going away. In fact, life is throwing him yet another curve ball in the form of a handsome architect named Vin—the same Vin who spent all of last year trying to climb into Zion’s pants. Zion resisted then, but he’s not so sure he can do it again. He’s not so sure he even wants to.
Strange things go on at this Renaissance Faire. For one thing? It only exists in our realm for 3 months out of the year. The rest of the time it is in the Glen. For another? Magic permeates the entire place. But in Faire Secrets, the magic isn’t working like it should.
Let me state it clearly. I’m utterly captivated by the world Madeleine Ribbon has created in her The Faire series. This is the first of the series I’ve read and even though it is #4, I didn’t feel like I was missing something – though I am now hooked and have to go over and buy the first three because I want more of this world.
Wonderful characters, a mystery that needs to be solved and a main character who is in pain and trying to ignore it. A new Faire resident who is more than he seems. And a side romance. The mystery of the artifacts popping up in the Library and Zion’s search to understand what’s going on is the main plot of the book. If you want the romance to be uppermost in the story, you might get disappointed. It was just a nice side and to be honest, if it wasn’t there, I don’t think I would have missed it. But the fantasy aspects and the world building – which Ribbon does an amazing job of, even in the fourth book of the series – are spectacular.
And the other residents of The Faire – well, utterly intriguing. And like I said – I’ve got to get the first three books now.
I look forward to book #5 to see Mystery’s growth and to see what character gets the lead. I hope it isn’t Percy because I really didn’t like him as a character. But, then again, one of the strengths of The Faire is that it takes people with real problems – including assassins and criminals – and gives them a new purpose. Patiently it molds them into the person they can be, even if they fight it. So there might be hope for him yet.
Welcome to the magic of The Faire.