The Master of the Wild Hunt
In a single cataclysm of magic shattering a centuries-old bond of servitude, the Unseelie Queen of Forest Park loses her fiercest huntsman. Now Hunter is free to abscond with half her court and the Wild Hunt is his to command. Yet between the Queen's deadly incursions and a mysterious sickness spreading through his followers, Hunter's rebellion is doomed unless he turns to an even deadlier poison—mortal iron, and hands capable of shaping it.
The Mistress of Cold Iron
Dove Paisley ekes out a living as a modern-day blacksmith and office cleaner. Accidentally swept up in the Wild Hunt, Dove finds herself prisoner in a plague-stricken fae mound and forced to confront Hunter, the harsh, forbidding King in the East. Dove must drive the hardest bargain of her life: her freedom in exchange for forging the weapons that can turn the tide in a supernatural war.
But fae bargains twist on those who make them. The Master of the Hunt may have met his match, and if he isn't careful he'll be bound to a human woman by more than her iron sorcery. Together, the fae hunter and the mortal blacksmith must break the Queen's malevolent enchantments before she binds them all forever in Death's cold hands.
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About the Author
Mel Sterling started writing stories in elementary school and wrote her first full-length novel in a spiral-bound notebook at age twelve. Her favorite Christmas present was a typewriter and a ream of paper. After college, she found herself programming computers and writing technical documentation. A few years ago, she rediscovered writing during a bout of insomnia and began to indulge her passion with a vengeance. She writes fantasy romance as well as contemporary romantic suspense. She lives with her computer geek husband in a quiet happy house full of books, animals and ideas.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The sequel to TRUEHEART in the Portland After Dark series, in IRONBOUND Hunter, former leader of the Wild Hunt, rides away after having gained his freedom leaving the Unseelie Queen with half her court in tow. Now called King of the East, Hunter and his fae flee to a new underground mound he has been working on in secret. As Hunter gallops with his horde, blacksmith artisan Dove Sparks is caught up in the mad rush. Starks’s skills when she forcibly serves as Mistress of Cold Iron provide invaluable for Hunter because the deadly effect cold iron has on the fae can help thwart the Queen’s efforts to defeat him. Sparks bargains with Hunter for her freedom; however, dealing with the fae always comes with an unrealized cost for humans. Living and working underground with the fae and then at her forge, Dove Sparks is inexplicably drawn to the Hunstman who seems to have some long lost more humanlike qualities coming to fore. The fae world is dark and brutal, but Sparks’s civilizing influence makes subtle changes on Hunter and his followers. Thomas and Tess from the first book have roles to play as well since Tess was turned into a half-fae birch girl as they are struggling to escape the Queen as well. They also bargain with Hunter in order to gain their freedom at great personal cost. In this time of deep winter, Tess wants to sleep as the other Birch Girls are doing, but to do so might take her away from Thomas forever. Thomas’s love and devotion for Tess know no limits; he will risk all for her. Ms. Sterling’s fast paced story bounds right into the intense struggle between the two opposed leaders while involving Dove Sparks, Tess and Thomas in the melee. Whether they can overcome the Unseelie Queen and her loyal followers in this well written tale takes the reader on a captivating journey of action, adventure, and two love stories that embellish this dark fantasy. Ms. Sterling deftly weaves a world where fae and humans come together to battle evil and perhaps bring a little more magic into the world than humans have previously realized existed.