Review By Sherry Perkins
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
“Of course, he’d always had problems differentiating between the people he’d like to punch and the people he’d like to fuck. They were so often the same people.”—Anhaga
That’s a sentiment we’ve all likely experienced, but one Aramin Decourcey experiences more than most. Min, as he’s known to the few family and friends he has, is a man who’d been raised in a brothel. He learned some specialized survival skills there—including thievery. He’s quite good at it, and luckily or unluckily, as fate would have it, his particular skill set is in demand by the riffraff and aristocratic families of Amberwich.
Min’s also a void, a person not particularly influenced by magic. That’s fortunate because his newest foray into thievery is going to involve powerful and defensive magic. But protection from everyday magic is one thing; being shoved into the realm of the fae and the Hidden Lord is another. It’s a job he’d usually turn his nose up to except the life of his “nephew” is at stake. Harry, the nephew, isn’t exactly family but he is a young man quite dear to Min. If that hadn’t been the case, then Min simply wouldn’t have accepted the job.
Harry’s had a death curse placed on him by one of the most influential families in Amberwich—the Sabadines. The Sabadines leverage the curse to secure Min’s services.
The bit of thievery required to free Harry from the deadly magic means Min’s going to need to kidnap one of the Sabadine’s betrothed from a hedgewitch living in the realm of the Hidden Lord of the fae, in a place called Anhaga.
The betrothed Sabadine is a young man named Kazimir, apprenticed to the hedgewich. Not only is Kazimir apprenticed to the witch, Kazimir’s also a Sabadine. Nothing about this feels right to Min. Nothing. But Min has Harry’s life to save, so what suspicions Min might have about this whole stinking mess are going to have to wait.
“Anhaga” is an enchanting story. Lisa Henry’s writing style is inclusive, conversational and witty. It’s snarky too—which I like in mystery/thrillers. Henry also includes words like assholery, and guttersnipe in the narrative…words you’d not necessarily associate with paranormal romance but are nonetheless entirely appropriate and entertaining enough to earn a 4.5-star rating from me.