"He has been taken. And you are his only chance."
When Jan's boyfriend Tyler disappears for several days, she's worried. And then she's angry.
Then two strangers rescue her from a violent attack by creatures out of legend, and tell her that Tyler didn't abandon her — he was stolen away to the fairy court. And Jan's his only chance to come home.
But her rescuers aren't human either, and they have their own secrets….
"You can always count on (the) gifted Gilman to deliver richly layered fantasy filled with winning characters and well-defined worlds, and she doesn't disappoint with HEART OF BRIAR. (A) terrific series starter." ♦♦♦♦ (4 stars) – RT Reviews
"[Readers] will be seduced and enthralled by Gilman's metaphysical thriller about wicked elves, shape-shifting supernaturals and portals to another dimension….melds magic with mayhem for a tale of bravery, friendship and devotion." – Publishers Weekly
"Calling this story a retelling of Tam Lin doesn't do it justice. Gilman has taken the bones of that fairy tale and reassembled it entirely, restrung with strength and ferocity and drive outside that pale relationship between a woman and her lost lover. Jan's journey starts to find Tyler, but ultimately she finds so much more. Another world, a war, and a strength and bravery she never realized existed." – All Things Urban Fantasy
About the Author
Laura Anne Gilman is the author of the Cosa Nostradamus books for Luna (the “Retrievers” and “Paranormal Scene Investigations” series), a YA trilogy for HarperCollins, and numerous works of short fiction. She also writes paranormal romances for Nocturne as Anna Leonard, and her e-book novella Dreamcatcher was released in August 2008. A former executive editor at NAL, Laura Anne is an amateur chef, oenophile, and cat-servant. She lives in New York City, where she also runs d.y.m.k. productions.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Bought this at about 3:30 this afternoon, and read it stright through. Like all of Laura Lynne's stories, this has engaging characters, a good pace and excellent visuals. A very enjoyable read!
Heart of Briar by Laura Anne Gilman is an excellent read! I love the way she plays with well known supernatural races and makes them all her own. She offers her readers an exciting new look at the world and gives her characters an adventure into the unknown. Her main character, Jan, is not someone you would normally cast as the savior of the world. She is a computer geek with an inhaler who just happens to have a boyfriend who went missing. Everyone thinks he just up and left on his own but her Tyler wasn’t like that. Still doesn’t explain why she can’t find any signs of foul play. When she is accosted by two strangers telling her her lover has been taken by elves and she is the only one who can save him, and possibly the world, she thinks they have lost their minds and she wasn’t far behind. Then her world really turns crazy when one of the strangers shape-change right in front of her. After she calms down, crazy thoughts like maybe they are telling her the truth and Tyler really needs her to save him from elves?!? The clincher is when she (and her home) gets attacked by really scary things and the supernaturals help her escape. So now Jan is ready to help them track the elves and rescue her lover, if she doesn’t get eaten by AJ, the shapeshifter in charge, or Martin, who every creature warns her not to trust! Laura Anne Gilman has a winner with this one. There is just the right mix of paranormal, intrigue, danger and action to keep you turning the pages to see what she will come up with next!
I really wanted to like this book, it is filled with things I love. A strong, smart heroine. Supernatural sidekicks. Adventure, and a love story. Even though all of the elements were there I just couldn’t connect with the book. I did like the flashbacks to Jan and Tyler’s relationship so we can see why she fights for him and why he can’t truly forget her. I also liked when we got to see what Tyler was up to. However, there was action but I never felt a true sense of danger or urgency. There was loss, but I never felt heart break. There was a villain, but I never felt intimated. The Jane True series recently ended and I thought this series could fill the hole that was left. A young woman, who lost her love, finds out that creatures of legend are real and she is needed to set things to rights. Unfortunately for me this wasn’t it, and I will not be reading the next book in the series.