Spotlight, Excerpt, Teasers & Review: Enchanted Revenge (Empyrean Chronicles #1) by Theresa M. Jones

Book Blurb & Info

When seventeen year old Lily finds her parents brutally murdered, leaving her broken and alone, she is determined to bring justice to the fairies responsible.

Her quest leads her to infiltrate The Empyrean, the land of the Fae where terrifying creatures lurk in every shadow. But with a political rebellion mounting, bloody battles and foreign enemies stand in her way. Alec, a mysterious fairy keeping his own secrets, gradually becomes her guide and dear friend in the unfamiliar world, and restores her faith in love.

Disturbing secrets about her parent’s true identity are revealed, causing her to be more involved with the devastating fairy war than she can afford. Her vengeful mission becomes compromised and her growing romance with Alec wavers.

She must conquer her fear of the unknown, ignore her grief, and overcome her growing list of enemies if she is to succeed in avenging her parents’ death. Or ever make it out alive.

Enchanted Revenge appeals to fans of Julie Kagawa and Jennifer L. Armentrout.

This is a full length novel, and is the first in the four-book Empyrean Chronicles. It is a YOUNG ADULT urban fantasy, and has some mild sensuality and language.

Buy Links
Goodreads / Amazon

Book Excerpt

When the door opened, we walked into a hallway. I could see the doors just ahead, the doors that would lead to our freedom. We rushed toward it, escape in sight.

“Halt!” a man bellowed from behind us.

But we didn’t stop. Alec pushed me ahead and shouted, “Run!”

I barely noticed that Rita has disappeared. All I could do was try to make my tiny legs move as fast as possible. I was so frustratingly short.

Suddenly, I felt a strong hand grasp my shoulder and push me to the wall, as I felt the air beside my head whoosh. In the door ahead of me I noticed a dagger protruding out.

My heart beat furiously as I realized Alec just saved me from having a knife go through my freakin skull.


Alec ignored my outburst. “Faster, Lily.”

I tried, I really did. But my legs could only go so fast. The muscles in my thighs and calves heat up, bunching and stretching as I pushed my legs to their limits. I could hear the guy behind us murmuring something. Was he talking to himself? Or was he calling others to his aide, to stop us?

Again I tried to push faster. Harder. My breath was coming out in deep gasps. My arms pumped at my sides.

Alec finally left my side, rushing forward to open the door ahead of us. I breezed past him, and he slammed the door shut just as fast. Whispering something incoherent and waving his hands around in front.

“That won’t hold them off long,” he told me.

He placed the tripudio on the floor, and started to open it. But as soon as he did, I noticed a door on the other side of the room open and spit out several guards like a hissing cobra ready to attack. The guard behind the door we had just come through began banging on it; the thumping matched my frenzied heart.

Alec swore under his breath, but continued to focus on the device.

That’s when I saw the sword. It was huge, as big as the one I carried with me from my father. The guard was charging for Alec. I didn’t know if he could see him, since he was concentrating so hard, so I did the only thing I could think of.

I picked up the closest object and threw it at the guards head. The lamp smashed against his shoulder, knocking him slightly off balance, but didn’t stop him. I looked around for something else to grab, but there wasn’t anything. A couch. A few chairs. A wall of books lined the three sides of the room, but nothing that could do any damage. And the fourth wall was just open, like the other rooms I had been in. I could see the branches and the leaves beyond this prison, but still nothing I could use.

There was another guard who looked to be loading an arrow into a crossbow. A freaking crossbow! Like, what the hell?

The guard furthest away was the scariest of all, though. He wasn’t running for us, or even moving at all. He merely stood still and focused, just as Alec was doing. Behind him, through the opening in the walls, tree limbs started moving in.

They slashed the air, as if they were whips, and flew right for us. When the first one was coming right at me, Alec withdrew his own sword and cut the limb off. With a thump to the ground, it lay lifeless, withering right before my eyes. But the others didn’t stop.

The tree branches were coming for us, like the claws of an eight legged dragon. My eyes sought the trees and leaves I once thought beautiful. They terrified me now.

I wondered if we jumped, if I would survive. At least Alec could fly.

But not me. I would surely die.

Four guards in front that would reach us in less than a minute, a guard behind us ready to stick a knife in my head, and a drop out the window that would surely lead to my death.

There was no escape.

Review by Stacy Sabala

Lily is almost seventeen and lives in Dodge City, Kansas. She likes where she lives because she loves the wind. She also loves to read and spend lots of time in the library. However she has been summoned home for a talk and she has to bypass all her favorite places to come straight home.

Once she gets home something feels off. The air around the outside of her house is warm. There is mist and fog surrounding it making it difficult to breathe. She enters silently knowing something isn’t right. The wind blows hard through her house throwing her up against the wall. After things are quiet again she goes in search for her parents. She is shocked and devastated in what she finds there. She is horrified as the changes occur in her parents. Nothing seems real, especially when a strange man with green eyes appears. He explains that her parents were Fae and he is a Fae Realm Guard. He has sworn he will help her find those that murdered her parents. He also explains that she is also Fae, though cloaked. She doesn’t believe a word but revenge rules her mind and she accepts his promise to help.

Alec takes her to Empyrean to search for those that killed her parents. They start on the trail in Ardennes, the home of the Nymphs or land fae. They walk for miles every day and Lily views this new world. They come to Central Village which holds information about Alec. Lily meets Kerr and Nona, people from Alec’s past. Nona reveals who Alec lost and why. Lily’s feelings for Alec keep growing stronger. He has protected her the whole way so far and guided through this surreal place. He is determined to help find and kill the assassins known as the Mortem. They are detained in Central Village by the Lord but manage to escape and make it to Muircadia the home of the Sprites or water fae. 

They continue to follow the Mortem. When they reach Muircadia they are met by a rebel group led by Lynn. Lynn houses Lily and Alec with her group. She even helps Lily open the Ephemeris her mother left her. Alec and Lynn continue to search for the Mortem. Unfortunately it is Lily who finds them and her life is forever changed. She learns who she is and what she can do. Now she must decide what to do next.

This story pulled me in quickly and didn’t let go. I was traveling right along with Lily as she searched for those who murdered her parents. Her feelings were all over the place. You feel for her instantly. She is dealing with a lot and being shocked is an understatement. She is frustrated by Alec and I agree. He was definitely hot and cold when it came to her. Can you say mixed signals much? The reader can completely relate to her reactions and feelings when it came to the mysterious Sylph. He was nice and protective but held himself back. Lily had no clue if her feelings were reciprocated or just one-sided. One more thing to worry about.

The Mortem killed her parents and of course she is devastated, but she has no clue about what she really is and the whole fae world. It was interesting to see how the author handled her disbelief and shock. It was realistic in the sense that anyone could react in the same way.

The story was entertaining and I couldn’t it down. I loved reading from Lily’s point of view about what was happening and how she felt. I figured out who she was before it was revealed but it in no way ruined anything for me. There was so much going on that it kept you reading. The ending kept me wanting more and I can’t wait to read what happens next. I give this book a 4.5 out of 5.

Series Info

Enticing Violence (Empyrean Chronicles 2) was released November 2

Buy Link: Amazon

Enthralling Retribution (Empyrean Chronicles 3) is up for preorder,
and will be available Feb 8, 2016

Pre-Order Link: Amazon

Author Info

Theresa M Jones is just a regular small town, Texas girl, who loves reading, writing and playing with tech gadgets. When she isn't at work fixing computers and the like, you can find her at home with her husband and two beautiful (and rambunctious) kiddos.

In her spare time- as if there ever was such a thing as "spare time" - she reads and reviews books on her book blog, and writes paranormal romance and fantasy romance novels.

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