Her aunt warned her there were dangerous creatures in the woods. She just didn’t think he was one of them.
All great choices are made with great risks. You must decide for yourself if the consequences are worth the actions you are willing to take… Hang onto your humanity with all you have.
This listing is for an autographed, paperback edition from the author.
*Author’s Note: This book is the original printed edition of the Fae Realm series. It has since been reprinted and retitled, Fate. The later edition features some new content, as well as the book has been re-edited. Please make sure the evolved title, FATE is not already in your library before purchasing!
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Ashley M. –
Strong start to the Fae Realm series!
Ianthe, the debut novel in the Fae Realm series by new author Cathlin Shahriary, marks a few milestones for me as a reader. It’s the first YA book I’ve dared to read since The Fault in our Stars (which I read over a year ago), as well as my first fantasy novel. I wondered if I had recovered enough from the emotional trauma suffered at the hands of Augustus Waters to be able to venture back into YA waters. I questioned whether or not fantasy would be a genre I would enjoy. As I was swept into the first few chapters, however, I quickly realized these concerns were unfounded.
Seventeen and being raised by a single father with whom she has a strained relationship at best, Ianthe is sent to her great aunt’s house for the summer following a stint in rehab. Shortly after her arrival, she befriends Conall, a mysterious boy who appears to her both in real life and her dreams. A series of dramatic events necessitates that they escape to the Fae world and Ianthe’s life is soon turned upside down when she discovers the truth about her heritage.
Part of my hesitation to read fantasy novels in the past stemmed from worry that the mythology would be so detailed and have so many moving parts that it would ultimately distract instead of engage me. Cathlin does a skillful job of avoiding this potential pitfall by infusing her Fae world with intricacies that serve to further the action and support the plot, rather than confuse the reader. The story has a broad range of appeal and is executed in such a way that it can be easily followed by any reader on the YA demographic spectrum.
The novel’s fast pace, well-rounded character development and balance of dialogue with description make for a strong start to the Fae Realm series. Ianthe is a heroine who proves to be truly relatable and I found myself completely invested in her journey. The twists and turns taken in this book held my interest and kept me on my toes. I’m eagerly awaiting the next installment of the series!
Kristann Monaghan –
Great debut YA novel by Cathlin Shahriary!
This fast paced fantasy storyline will have you reading till the wee hours of the morning. Ms. Shahriary develops a great heroine in Ianthe/Lola…one that is flawed yet relatable. I was drawn into her world immediately and felt like I was discovering things right along with Ianthe as she comes to terms with herself and her possible fate. There are many plot twists and turns to keep any YA fan guessing along with an alternate ending offered. I am intrigued by Conall and actually am hoping the second book gives us more of his story! I loved that Ms. Shahriary stayed true to the Fae world and did not try and confuse readers with too many descriptions or contradictions to other legends. Readers of all ages will enjoy dipping their toe into her Fae Realm series. Cannot wait for the next book in the series!
Tina P. –
One of the best paranormal romances I’ve read so far!
One of the best paranormal romances I’ve read so far! interesting storyline and characters I loved. Can’t wait for more from this author.
Julianne H. –
Suspense, Love, Fantasy… keeps you on your toes!
While I’ve never been a lover of reading fantasy, this book sucked me right in. Ianthe kept me on my toes as I followed Lola through her journey of seperating fact and fiction. I fell in love with so many of the characters, and their distinct personalities.
I found myself living each moment and holding my breath waiting to see what the outcome of situations might be.
This is the perfect book to read if you are ready to delve into fantasy. I couldn’t put it down!
Amazon Customer –
A wonderful read by a new author!
I related to Lola shortly into the story and was soon experiencing the world through her eyes. Her apparent simple straight forward life is full of mysteries and surprises and I relished each discovery as her history unfolded and she discovered herself. Lola gives way to Ianthe as she accepts her new reality and Ianthe is a complicated girl. Conall is what every girl dreams of for a first love – fun, endearing, affectionate, and dreamy. It was easy for me to fall for him, just as Lola/Ianthe does. The story just touches on the Fae realm and I cannot wait to experience more of this world. There are so many possibilities!
Lydia A. –
I’m going to begin this review by saying that I do not normally care for paranormal romance. In fact, I don’t often read YA fiction or fiction books of any sort. I will also say that I very rarely write any reviews on any products, ever. I’m basically the lady version of Ron Swanson – my word is bond, and I don’t often attach it to anything I can’t personally vouch for.
With that being said, I’d like to add this: I really, really, really enjoyed reading this book. The main plot was well-developed and I felt very connected to the female protagonist (Ianthe). It was an easy read, and I felt it was age-appropriate for the YA audience. Throughout the read, I felt personally invested in the main characters and the continuation of the story. It’s a great debut novel for the author, and I look forward to reading more of the series.
I understand it may not be everyone’s preferred genre of reading, but I would highly recommend this if:
*You would like to escape in a fantasy novel for awhile.
*You regularly enjoy YA fiction.
*You are a fan of paranormal romance.
*You are looking for a new book series to read.
*You’d like to try something different (as was my case).
Kimberly M –
Great New YA Series!
Ianthe is a great start to what is sure to be an entertaining series. It’s a well written, easy read (my favorite kind of book in any genre) with just enough intrigue to keep you wondering what’s going to happen next. Lola (Ianthe) and Conall are a likable combination of fantasy and reality, having both Fae and human characteristics and issues. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them!
I thought this book was excellent. I couldn’t put it down. I’m waiting on the next book.
Amazon Customer –
Just Read it!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I’ve read all the major line ups in the YA, fantasy section, but don’t normally seek them out on my own. That being said, this book sucked me in from page 1. Ianthe definately held her own as a very relatable heroine in a whole new world. I can’t wait to read more in the series!!
A very empowering Fae story for females.
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. This is a refreshing Fae tale. A young girl learns that she is half Fae. Not all Unseelies are cruel and not all Seelies are peaceful. Instead of gaining her father’s approval, Ianthe learns that she is strong enough to take control of her life. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Hassan S –
Fortunately, Ianthe is no wimp and works her way …
*Warning* this book is hard to put down. Do not begin reading this if you should be studying for a test or going to work.
This book has a compelling story and a pace that will keep you glued. The main character deals with both the challenges of being a modern teen and having a non-traditional family. Fortunately, Ianthe is no wimp and works her way through the story line with cunning and courage. The ending is satisfying without being corny or completely unrealistic. I think most people will be able to relate to the characters and at the very least be entertained by this fantasy realm.
Shirl W. –
Welcome to the beautiful Fae world… If you like fantasy and romance this is a perfect blend. A great debut novel from Cathlin Shahriary. I look forward to what this author will do next.
Nadia H. –
Ianthe is such a heartbroken, but nonetheless a beautiful and strong young girl. Okay, so I should be maybe start out by saying, it has been a while since I read YA. I was on YA binge a couple of years back and I had to read a different genre after that or go crazy, but it has been so long that I forgot how much I love YA.
This book reminded why I do love it. Lola, or Ianthe is such a heartbroken, but nonetheless a beautiful and strong young girl. Growing up the way she did has to taught her to safeguard her heart and not to trust anyone or let them in.
This book brought me back to high school, it was almost nostalgic, the feel of being there with Ianthe and go through the teenage angst of a new school, new friends and enemies as well as the first time feeling love *sigh*
It’s like seeing through a window into a more innocent time before sh*t hits the fan, which it ultimately did.
Ianthe uncovers the world of the Fae and with that comes grave consequences. There a good Faes and (mostly) bad Faes and differentiating between those two and who to trust when trust does not come easy for Ianthe proves difficult and at time dangerous.
When she meet Conall, a Fae who she is developing feelings for, oh I smiled, I giggled and I wanted to throw my kindle at them both, but when I was screaming “both of you stop it, what are you? Kids?”, yeah they technically are kids, teenagers still discovering who they are instead of being what others tell them to be. They are still on their journey as becoming adults and mix that with the Fae world, oiy, it gave me a little more patience for their teenage love drama, lol.
But overall, this was an intriguing book set in the eyes of a teenage girl maneuvering in the Fae world and it’s dangerous politics and inhabitants and the human world, with cruel and judgmental people and finding herself, her true self and love. It’s a really great book with the just the right amount of angst and such great writing.
Though, I am so happy I read this book close to when the second book was releasing, otherwise if I had to wait with that ending? Ouch. My poor wee heart. All in all, I loved this book and I am so ready for the second one!
L Fear –
Enjoyable, fast paced read!
Not gonna lie, I haven’t read many fantasy books so when I grabbed this one on my Kindle, I opened it up to check out the world of Fae.
I liked the YA aspect of this book and the fact that the character development was spot on. Lola (Ianthe) is a teenager whose already lived a flawed life and is also starting a new high school. That alone was enough to bring back good and well, not so great memories for me. But I digress.
Overall this was an enjoyable read! The third person narrative was well written and fast paced and it looks like there will be a second book! Well done, Ms. Shahriary…this was a great start!
Awesome, fun read!
I loved this book. I don’t usually read a lot of fantasy books involving fairies or fae but I’m so glad that I didn’t pass this on up. It was very fast paced and well written. Cathlin did an amazing job at keeping the reader interested and wanting more! I would highly recommend this book!
Ok so I met this author at a bookworm box event last year and what immediately drew me into her table was these beautiful covers.
After talking with her and seeing the passion she had for her characters and this world she created I knew they were books I wanted to read and while it took me a little bit I finally got the chance to grab them from Amazon and read both books currently out.
Ianthe is going through a rough time she didn’t understand what was happening to her and it was only when she was forced to spend the summer with her great-aunt that she finally began to learn the truth of who and what she truly is. She is a strong character and while it’s sometimes she does get the teenage tantrums going at times, she is much more mature than most would have given her credit for and I have enjoyed seeing all the different sides to her.
The story takes you into a lovely new world with Fey and it is all so very well explained that it helps you delve right into the story because you can just imagine everything from the beautiful descriptions given throughout the book.
A very enjoyable read and I am excited to read more!
Brittany J. –
Intriguing Fae adventure
This was a interesting 1st book in the series and it did have the first book feel. Lots of info and then it starts picking up. We meet Lola/ Inathe in the beginning and she’s taken to her aunts and meets Conall and their adventure starts. They meet run into trouble and Lola’s life will be forever changed.