Cold Iron (Cold Iron #1) by D.L. McDermott

ironCold Iron (Cold Iron #1) by D.L. McDermott

Published by Pocket Star 2/10/14

Review Copy obtained from Library

Synopsis: The Fae, the Good Neighbors, the Fair Folk, the Aes Sídhe, creatures of preternatural beauty and seduction. Archaeologist Beth Carter doesn’t believe in them. She’s always credited her extraordinary ability to identify ancient Celtic sites to hard work and intuition—until she discovers a tomb filled with ancient treasure but missing a body. Her ex-husband, the scholar who stifled her career to advance his own, is unconcerned. Corpses don’t fetch much on the antiquities market. Gold does. Beth knows from past experience that if she isn’t vigilant, Frank will make off with the hoard.

So when a man—tall, broad shouldered, and impossibly handsome—turns up in her bedroom claiming to be the tomb’s inhabitant, one of mythic god-kings of old Ireland, Beth believes it is a ploy cooked up by her ex-husband to scare her away from the excavation.

But Conn is all too real. Ancient, alien, irresistible, the Fae are the stuff of dreams and nightmares, their attentions so addictive their abandoned human lovers wither and die. And this one has fixed his supernatural desire on Beth.

My Thoughts: I had heard this book referenced as a “time travel fantasy” which was not really true. It was more an “Immortal Fae Fantasy”.

The synopsis really doesn’t do the story justice…just enough to kind of give you an idea of what the story was about…but not really.

Conn is a fae warrior, that has been locked away in a druidic burial chamber/mound. Occasionally, over the millenia, he has awoken to fight battles. This time Conn wakes up because someone is digging their way toward him chamber, and he feel an odd pull toward the female he senses digging her way toward him.

This story created an interesting backstory for the fae and druids. There is a race against time to retrieve historical artifacts. The history for what happened to Conn and why. The explanation for the odd pull between Conn and Beth. Lots of story threads that kept the story compelling and really hard to put down.

There was plenty of sex…cuz you know those fae…preternaturally beautiful and sexually driven, leave us poor humans wanting more and more and more.

Overall I really like the writer’s style and her world building was exceptional. I have started on the second installment which follows characters introduced in the first book.

My Rating: Bad-Ass Boots

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