The Flame and the Arrow

The Flame and the Arrow

by Emigh Cannaday

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"Don't do it, Annika," he taunted. His eyes were no longer bright and charming but dark and intense, yet they still twinkled. He was tempting, but was he harmful?

Aspiring rock star Annika Brisby thinks she knows where her life is going until she steps through a broken portal that leaves her stranded in a realm of fairies, vampires, and other mythical beings. Unable to return until it's repaired, she's rescued by wood nymphs who believe her sudden arrival is no accident.After being taken in by a prominent family of elves, Annika finds herself struggling to resist the seductive spell of their youngest son,Talvi. Equal parts arrogant and alluring, the notorious heartbreaker seems like the perfect distraction for her homesickness. Her new friends warn her that she'll probably regret ever laying eyes on him, and what begins as a casual fling quickly burns too hot to handle. By the time Annika learns the consequences of their forbidden trysts, Talvi's already under her skin and dangerously close to her heart. But on the journey home she discovers that there's a mountain of secrets that he's not telling her, and Annika can't help wondering who's really in danger.

You'll enjoy this edgy & dark blend of New Adult Romantic Fantasy and Paranormal Romance if you're a fan of Laurell K. Hamilton, Kresley Cole, Donna Grant, Charlaine Harris, Karen Marie Moning, Jeanine Frost, J.R. Ward and Lynsay Sands.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152396973
Publisher: Emigh Cannaday
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Series: Annika Brisby Series
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 159,626
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

After bouncing around from Paris to Portland, Emigh Cannaday now lives in Wisconsin with her husband and a pack of Welsh Corgis. She grew up drawing, painting, and writing down her elaborate daydreams that focus on nature, intuition, and a bit of magic. She spends her free time testing out new recipes in the kitchen and playing with houseplants and horses. She also co-hosts the Wine Wars podcast, a show dedicated to all things wine and Star Wars. Find her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter or visit to get the latest author updates and connect with other fans.

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The Flame and the Arrow 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read and reread this series a dozen times. The characters are complex and feel so real. Emigh draws you into her world and then she shakes you all up! She's the best at plot twist and making your brain explode. Definitely a must read and will be your new favorite!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow it's been a long time that I read a long book that kept me enjoying every second of it. I loved the complexity of characters, their struggles and being on your toes guessing what's gonna happen next.
Jane_V_Blanchard More than 1 year ago
Adventure, romance, erotism, a variety of supernatural creatures—a tale of epic proportions If you like paranormal romance mixed with adventure, erotism, a variety of supernatural creatures, and a tale of epic proportions, then I highly recommend The Flame and the Arrow by Emigh Cannada. Ms. Cannada has a talent for fleshing out the main characters and creating realistic dialogue. I, in particular, enjoyed visiting this magical world, though I thought the descriptions and details slowed down the pace too much. When the portal to this realm closes and Annika Brisby becomes trapped in a parallel universe to earth, wood nymphs take her to the elves in hopes of finding a way back. There, she encounters mysteries about herself and learns a bit about a prophecy that includes her and members of the elven family. I think you will enjoy how it all works out. The Flame and the Arrow won't be the only book in the Annika Brisby series that I read. I'm looking forward to finding out what happens next to Annika and Talvi.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Emigh Cannaday for the opportunity to read and review her book, The Flame and the Arrow! This new adult book begins with Annika, a musician who has recently broken up with her fiance and she is talking to her best friend, James, about the events in her life. Annika travels to her Uncle Vince's home in Bulgaria for a well-deserved respite and to recover from the breakup. She goes for a hike in the wilderness and loses her way back to Uncle Vince's home. She eventually sees a person and that person is someone she met in town earlier. Annika follows her and they end up in a cave with two other women. Things become strange as they are transported to a different world through a portal, which then closes. The three women reveal that they are wood nymphs and inform Annika that she is one too. She resides with an elven family after the portal has closed and everyone suspects that she belongs in their world. Finn and his father, Ambrose, show Annika the family tree and she discovers that she is part of their world through her mother's ancestors. Annika begins to have a tumultuous relationship with Talvi, Finn's brother. The family puts together a group that will be battle ready to find and rescue a member of the family that has been kidnapped, another interesting part of this story. Annika falls in love, learns a lot about herself and becomes somewhat transformed. The writing flows, character development is strong and the story and worlds are elaborate and interesting. The Flame and the Arrow is the beginning of a new adult series about Annika and her life entangled in mystery, intrigue, complicated relationships and romance!
MJLuckett More than 1 year ago
This is a new author for me, so I was not sure what to expect... I was pleasantly surprised... I really like Annika... Talvi has some personality characteristic's that aren't favorable... But I have hope for him, love does tend to change people... The new world was quite interesting and the minor characters where a hoot.... loved the fairies... All in all I really enjoyed this book, and I have already purchased book #2 - I"m anxious to see how things turn out
TheGenreMinxBookReviews More than 1 year ago
This review is based on a complimentary digital copy that I received. It is an honest review and the complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating. The Flame and the Arrow took me by surprise and kept me in a state of delight all the way to the wonderful end! I have repeatedly stated that I do indeed have a weakness for books with lovely cover art, so when I was contacted about this book, big thank you to author Emigh Cannaday, I was hooked on sight! Is that cover not just beautiful? What makes it beyond pleasing is that I just I absolutely enjoyed this story as well. I rarely give out five stars to a book but this book deserved it! What I liked: Besides everything? I really enjoyed the world development; the story was so detailed. I absolutely was able to picture what the author had intended in the world she has set for her characters. This story is stuffed full of humorous double meanings, sarcasm, and whimsy. Not only did I enjoy the main protagonists, the secondary characters were also very developed. There is a regular hodgepodge of creatures from nymphs, elves, and fairies to vampires, druids, and ogres. In addition there are implied love triangles and outright love triangles but they are done in such a way as to add to the overall romance. Be warned: there are steamy scenes and sexy times as well as some foul language. What I did not like: Even though it is in the “what I liked” section I am going to have to mention the love triangles. Not a fan, ever, but like I said was written well. Some of you may not appreciate the voice of Annika, she is not what many would consider a “wholesome” character and is written with honesty that truly would represent a faction of the modern day women. For me, she fit the character as written and yes she could have been written a little less self-involved but I see that not as a flaw but as room for character development.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely fantastic! This was not necessarily something I would have normally jumped to read but I am extremely glad I did. The characters were smart and quirky and I was genuinely invested in the outcome of each of their different paths. I have read other books with a vast array of characters like elves and vampires but the ones introduced in this book definitely have their own spark of something special that sets them apart from the pack. On top of that the details that went into building the other world were pretty amazing so between that and the characters it was very easy to get lost for hours in the story. For me The Flame and The Arrow was an absolute pleasure to read and in my opinion it is Highly recommended
Jill-Elizabeth_dot_com More than 1 year ago
[This review originally appeared on my blog,] The Flame and the Arrow is an extremely fun elves-and-fantasy story that reads much more like a classic find-your-way-home adventure than its self-described “dark fantasy paranormal romance” appellation would suggest. My review copy was generously provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review. You can read the description of the book on Amazon or at the author’s own site. The book was, simply put, fun. From the get-go, the protagonist Annika was a delight – a sassy girl trying to keep from being trapped into a life she doesn’t want to settle for, she literally stumbles into the type of adventure many of us have often day-dreamed about… She quickly discovers there’s more to the world than she realized, and more to herself as well. Her ensuing journey to fully realize her own identity – in this world and another – is populated by hi-jinks, (mis)adventure, a spectrum of personalities, and more than a little steamy elf-action. There is a great cast of supporting characters. The love interest (Talvi) sometimes felt a little stereotypical, but what do you expect from an elf heartthrob? (teehee) The samodivi are a great addition to the story – a supernatural element that hasn’t already been played out to death. There are great family and friendship story lines, and the scenery/world-building is deft and imaginative without feeling overdone. There is definitely a strong romance element to the book, some of the descriptions are not for the faint of fluttering heart (teehee), but there’s so much more to this story than just that – which, frankly, I wouldn’t have initially suspected from the cover and “DFPR” part of the book title/description. I’m glad the author contacted me about this one – I likely wouldn’t have read it otherwise (romance/steamy descriptions aren’t generally my thing), and I’m quite glad I did. Annika is a human (teehee) and believable character, and her travails to find her place in the world(s) were well written and well thought out. There’s a great cliffhanger-ish ending that left me wincing my way to Amazon, eager to see if there’s a sequel yet (there IS!) – it left me eager to see where the story goes next, but didn’t at all feel like the book abruptly stopped in the middle of a thought. I hate when authors do that – it feels contrived, a forced way to make you buy the next book simply to finish the story you started. This wasn’t that at all – it was simply an ending that left you hungry for more. A great way to end a story, to my mind, and a coup for an author to pull off. I’m definitely going to order the sequel as a result…
Sissymae1 More than 1 year ago
'The Flame and the Arrow' by Emigh Cannaday is the story of Annika and Talvi. This is book one in "The Annika Brisby' Series. This book is about 418 pages that does have a cliffhanging end that is setting you up for the continues story of Annika and Talvi. I was really surprised by how much I liked this story and how it drew me in. It has really good secondary characters Annika is going to visit family to take a break after going through a relationship break. There she meets Talvi in a book store. But Annika ends up running away after some other seem to be trying to comfront her. A few weeks later while walking she runs into the ladies again who were trying to catch her. Annika finds out she looks like someone that used to know and that is why they were trying to catch her. Annika end up going with them and she finds out they have gone through a tunnel / pass through that Annika cannot get out of. Now Annika is a part of their world until she can find a way out. She ends up meeting Talvi again who is a friend of theirs. The attraction is still there for them. Annika is cautious to start a relationship since she just ended one with someone she thought she cared about but he wasn't what he seemed. Now with Talvi it appears he is a 'player' and might be using her. We go through learning more about Talvi, the new life Annika is facing and how she is connected to their land. Overall Really Great Mystery Romance Read. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
LuluRoadsideReader More than 1 year ago
Reading the synopsis, I wasn’t sold on The Flame and the Arrow by Emigh Cannaday, I have to be honest. I thought this sounds cheesy, and doubted it would do anything but bore me. But, I thought hey, it’s free, the author was incredibly lovely in her email, and the cover looks AMAZING. Plus, if I hated it, I could always just stop. I have never been happier to be wrong about a synopsis in my life! This was such a fun and fantastic read, once I started it, I just kept going until I finished it (which meant going over my treadmill time at the gym just because I didn’t want to stop!) The writing is solid. It is clear Emigh Cannaday knows what she’s doing. Conversations sound realistic and are fun. It feels natural, especially the banter. Her characters seem flat at first, but as they charm each other, you find yourself enamored with them as well. Annika isn’t just a wannabe rock star. She is a legitimate character that is strong and stands up for herself, while at the same time, able to show vulnerability and recognize when she’s wrong. Talvi is such a charmer and such a cad, I am absolutely smitten with him. The world building is good. I can’t say amazing, simply because most of book was more focused on characters and relationships, rather than building the world up. However, I’d love to know more about all of the supernatural and paranormal creatures and the homelands. Maybe in the second book, The Silver Thread, we’ll learn more. The Flame and the Arrow by Emigh Cannaday is an absolute treasure. It’s fun, smitten, captivating, and really just grips you. The more you read, the more entangled you become and the more attached you grow to everyone involved in the novel. Cannot wait to start the second one! // this book is free but I was recommended it by the author //
dlfngrl2003 More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down. It was fantastic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books you will ever read. Feel in love with the main character from the start, and OMG, Talvi, he is one magical creature. Annika, a girl who doesn't quite feel like she fits in all her life in the world she was born and raised decides to go to Europe to visit an uncle. She quickly discovers and new world and finds out that she can't return home. So she creates a new journey for herself. It's not easy though because she misses her family and is determined to get home. Then she meets Talvi. I couldn't put this book down. I just love how Annika finds herself. She overcomes her fears and challenges with such strength. This book has it all. Elves, vampires, even unicorns! So glad I read it. Looking forward to read the next book to this delightful series.
krsy001 More than 1 year ago
~~I received this in exchange for my honest opinion~~ I have recently began reading more about elves, nymphs etc. I am so glad that I read this book. This has a little of everything in the book. You get completely swept away with this book. Annika is transported to a different place. Not able to leave when she wants to she has to help figure out why. Along the way, she finds out who she really is. Emigh is a magical writer. She is able to capture the magic that is in this book. She takes you on a great journey. She makes sure you see the silver trees, and the two moons that are in the sky. She also makes sure that you are feeling everything that is going on. Never in my wildest imagination would I have ever thought about a place like this. I can't wait until I read the next book in the series.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
The Flame and the Arrow ,(The Annika Brisby Series 1) Emigh Cannaday Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  Romance, Sci-fi and Fantasy   A hard book to review – I was really keen to read after that intriguing description but though parts were interesting much of it fell flat, and there were many many times when I could slap both Annika and Talvi!   Its a longish read, 438 pages/6900 kindle locations,  which let in time for some incidents to be really well described, to let the reader feel they were there, to get to really know and hopefully understand the characters, but then set against that there were many times when I just felt it dragged, where I wanted something, anything, to actually Happen, and ended up skimming through to get to the action. I found it odd the way Annika was so accepting of what happened, and didn’t really understand how Talvi and the girls seemed to have crossed over to our world many times and yet when Annika crossed into theirs the crossing had closed. There were some explanations at the end but TBH I’m not sure if or how they affected this part. Some parts of the novel were confusing for me too, and characters vied from happy to sad, from friendly to hating others, from helpful to unhelpful so very easily and often seeming to have no obvious reason for acting that way. It made understanding them and feeling anything for them difficult. Talvi I so wanted to like, but his explanations didn’t always add up to his actions, and the same with Annika, things I thought would make her angry or upset didn’t, and then she’d fly off the handle over nothing.   There was much to really enjoy in this story and it interested me enough that I did need to see how it ended – or not quite ended as the case turned out to be ;-),  even though I skimmed many sections. I got ( sorry) bored by the lack of action, of the inane-ness of what was happening, in those bits that felt like filler. Maybe they work for other readers and are integral but for me they just detracted and muddied the main plot. I’m still unsure of whether I want to read book two – I would like to read how Talvi fares in this world, and the premise once more sounds very intriguing with the potential for some deceptive seeming actions on his part, leading to possible jealousy and heartbreak for Annika and that's right up my street. At the same time though I’m put off if it holds more of the dull “filler” parts as this one. If it was on KU I’d take a look, but though its not expensive at £1.99 I don’t feel ready to spend more, when I have so many books already in my TBR pile and there are so many others on KU. Money’s tight for lots of us and I’m no exception, so need to choose where the pennies get spent.   Stars: three, a mixed read for me, its got a lot of potential, many positives but also some negatives in how I feel about it. Read via KU on authors request
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can’t say this enough….I love fantasy of all types. So when I was approached with the opportunity to review The Flame and The Arrow (and after reading the synopsis), I literally jumped at this chance. I wasn’t let down. This book takes you through a journey through a parallel universe where you meet ogres, fairies, elves, vampires, wood nymphs and druids. Annika herself finds out some very interesting information about herself during this journey. I loved the mostly love story between herself and Talvi. At some points very sexual (stress very, there is a BDSM scene in there that rivals a certain Grey book) and at some points sweet, I thought it was interesting to see their relationship evolve to where it did. The other storylines (Yuri/Konstantine, Finn/Hilda are a couple) were very fun to read also and added to the plot, instead of taking away. Plus there’s the matter of Talvi’s secrets. The author didn’t reveal them all at once, instead she dragged them all out over the course of the book….which made it very, very, very interesting to read. The ending was very bittersweet and it was written exactly how I imagined it to be. I won’t say that I wasn’t surprised by it, though….lol. Will I read this book again? Yes!!! Will I reccomend this book to family and friends? Yes but with a warning of the intense sex scenes. Age range: Adult. Again, because of the intense sex scenes. Disclaimer: I received The Flame and the Arrow from Emigh Cannaday for free for my honest review. All opinions stated in my review are mine and mine alone.
Erani_Kole More than 1 year ago
I JUST CAN'T WITH THIS BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF OMFG. Okay, so this is one of my favorite books EVER IN EXISTENCE right now because of how much I'm reeling after minutes of finishing it. I just- like- the FEELS I still have! It started off a little rough for me with the new type of style the author used for her writing, and it's completely different from the fantasy the synopsis promises, you know? So I needed patience, but it didn't take that long (maybe only two pages?) before the main character got intriguing. She was a young woman trying to figure out why she always felt like she never fit, despite having what every sensible woman would want in her lifetime. From there, her travels to Europe and the other world completely enraptured me, and I couldn't stop reading. Even when I had to adult or sleep, the second I woke up, I'd have my kindle in hand reading on as I continued on with my day. I couldn't part from this book. The writing was a lengthy type of style that reminded me a little of the Anita Blake series, but took on a more narrative voice, which still managed to make me feel like I was with every character when their side of the story came up. It was just weird how well it flowed for me, how much I immediately took to the adventures going on. There were a few technical errors, and some details were too much for me when I couldn't handle the anticipation- gah -but other than that, I really clicked with this book. The plot was a nice and basic foundation with more elaborate happenings to make things interesting. One person or problem was introduced, only for more things to happen, and by then, a lot of the characters felt familiar to me even though they'd only come on a few chapters ago. Just... wow. It's a total fantasy world with great detail and complex people. They all have their faults and generosities, and I really enjoyed seeing them fight and make amends. It showed that they were normal people who fought and made up, that nothing was ever perfect and everyone made mistakes. One thing bugs me to this second, but for the life of me, I'm still working it out. This book will do that to you, making you look back at all that'd happen.... This is a definite recommend that one MUST READ. I can't imagine not having read this now.