• The Moonfire Bride

  • Of Candlelight and Shadows, Book 1
  • By: Sylvia Mercedes
  • Narrated by: Emily Lawrence
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (71 ratings)

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By: Sylvia Mercedes
Narrated by: Emily Lawrence
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Publisher's Summary

Hers is a life without magic or romance. Until the night he whispers her name.

For years, Valera has worked weary hours as a seamstress just to keep food on the table. She would give her all to protect her little sister from the cruelties of the world, and the tantalizing lure of the fae forest. One day, she fears, the fae will spirit her sister away, and how can Valera hope to stop them?

Then the fae come. Not for her sister...but for her. Trapped in a magnificent palace far from her own world, Valera finds herself the unwilling bride of an enigmatic fae lord. He claims he won’t harm her and vows to return her home after a year and a day if she honors one rule: She must never see his face.

Determined to return to her sister at all costs, Valera struggles to unravel the mystery of her so-called husband. Why does he so desperately need a wife? And why her specifically? Torn between love, duty, and the unexpected freedom she finds in this strange new world, Valera must fight to find her place.

But will a burgeoning passion for the unseen figure in the shadows be her undoing?

©2021 Sylvia Mercedes (P)2021 Podium Audio

Critic Reviews

"Enthralling! This stolen bride fantasy hits all the right notes for me. Delightful, addictive, and utterly perfect." (USA Today best-selling author Sarah K.L. Wilson)

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Some reviewers didn’t finish the book!

I almost didn’t listen to this because of the bad reviews others have left, but had faith in the author. Now that I’ve finished it, I don’t think those people finished it.

First, 2 of 3 top reviews say it’s based upon the White Bear King Valemon, and although I don’t know that book, I do know the centuries old fairytale that is at the root of this (and that possibly also shares its roots with Beauty and the Beast). The point though is that many, many books out there today are based upon or borrow from other books - consider the countless Pride and Prejudice rewrites, and those don’t even try to create whole new worlds and characters like this one does. So, don’t dismiss this great read just because of that.

Second, one reviewer says it doesn’t have a happy ending - uh, it says it’s book 1! That should be a big hint that it’s going to have a cliffhanger ending. (The next book is out, too. Waiting for the download as I type this.)

Another reviewer talks about flesh growing on bones…not sure if she means that literally or figuratively, but there is nothing like that in the book.

Now that those falsities are addressed…

There was one comment about the character being a childish brat…that one I really don’t think finished the book, but I know where it comes from. The character is actually likable at the beginning, but when she first goes to the Fae realm she is a rather annoying for a couple of chapters - but have faith! It did take me a few days to get past that part because the character was suddenly very annoying, but as she hadn’t been annoying at the start of the book I recognized it as the author’s way of expressing her emotional state at the situation she found herself in, understandably. But after a few chapters she does adjust to her situation and starts to make friends and begins to find happiness there. She also starts to see the positives in the guy. Of course it’s not a smooth course or the story would be boring and people would complain about that instead.

The story is quite good and original setting and characters, even if based upon an old fairytale. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is for that difficult few chapters. I wish the author had written that a little differently, so it wasn’t tempting to give up on the book. But I’m glad I kept going and am looking forward to book 2.

The narration was good. Not the absolute best ever (not a 5 star), but nothing wrong either (a 4 star performance).

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Wow what a banging end at this book

So i loved thos book if the author has used the bones of kvitebjørn kong valemon for this. I must admit i love it how the bones grows flesh and a heart as the book goes on. Its not a lightning bolt romance its a slow burn till the end. And the narraitor was lovely at this point in my head she is the voice of valera. Five star remark from me on all marks. Great job sylvia mercedes

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incredibly stupid girl that gets even worse

I kept listening to this because it has a lot of interesting elements and I was hoping it would finally get better. Spoiler. This girl acts like a childish brat the entire book. It's yet another "I'm angry and I don't trust you, but your hot and I like you". Ugh so old. Worse. This chick never lets up, never gives this guy a break, then she ruins his life. Stupid Stupid Story. Oh no happy ending by the way.

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Frustrating so Why Did I Keep Listening?

So, have you ever read one of those books that made you so frustrated that you just don't understand how in the world you're still reading it? Yeah...that book for me is "The Moonfire Bride."

1. Our protagonist is okay. I like her, but she is the main reason why I am very, very, very frustrated with this book. She's portrayed as a forgiving character who is fiercely loyal even to those who don't deserve it (ehem, her crappy dad.) And yet none of this applies with Erolas. No matter what he does, she is suspicious and cruel to him. (Yes, I know that he kidnapped her, but there are circumstances and there's room to at least be cordial.)
2. There's some world-building at the beginning. (I think our protag is the daughter of Rapunzel?!) But then we're stuck in an empty house with housekeepers who don't even speak our protag's language. It just feels so empty. And when it feels empty, our protag's grumpy, mean, and distrustful nature is even more apparent,
3. I listened to this with my wife. never have we yelled at the car speakers as we did with this novel "Velera, just get it together! OMG, just be nice! We know you can at least be nice!!"
4. Even the reason why Erolas is a shadow is never fully explained, just fragmented thoughts.

So, why DID we keep reading? Well--for the potential. What's outside the mansion? CAN Velera and Erolas actually be a good couple? Yeah, we're going to listen to the second book just so we can sate our curiosity. And Erolas is a cinnamon roll who deserves only the best.

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NOT a ‘stand alone’ story

While one figures this book is part of a trilogy or series, I believe it’s bad form to end in a cliffhanger.

I’m not going to spoil the story. That being said, if an author writes well enough, the reader is invested in the characters, and will need to find out more-there is no cause for an unsatisfying ending.

The ending felt as if I was suddenly shoved out into the cold and had no idea how I’d arrived or what I was going to do next.

The story itself seems to be a take on Beauty and the Beast. The story wasn’t bad, however I did feel as if the main character made her emotional shift too quickly when considering the feet dragging of the first 85% of the book.

Bottom Line: It was an easy listen and I was able keep up with the storyline while driving or cleaning house.
Very little in the physical romance department-more YA.
If I can get over myself and my irritation concerning the ending, I’ll purchase and listen to book two.
I had no issues with the narration.

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disappointed

I don't usually dislike books or narrators that other people dislike. So the fact that I agree with a lot of the other reviews says a lot. First, the narrator is maddening with all the "sss" which makes turning the volume up a last resort when you realllllly cant hear. Second, like other people say, the fmc is annoying because she keeps going on and on about being kidnapped and a prisoner from beginning to end. There were a lot of times I wanted to give up. I'm only sticking through for curiosities sake so I can see what happens to her husband and how he ended up in his situation.

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  • TR
  • 11-13-22

Great start but ...

The book started out great, and then it went bad really fast. When you get to the part where the author is trying very hard to show the girl is some sort of artist who is struggling with her design ... well, the author fails in portraying that and instead makes you absolutely hate the character instead. I've never read anything like it. I've never seen an author write so poorly that it so quickly makes you go from a truly great premise to absolutely despising her. This author would have greatly benefited from hiring someone to read her book in advance because they would have surely told her that whole chapter or two needs to go because it kills the ENTIRE. Anyway, that itself wasn't the reason I gave this book a poor rating. It ended on a cliffhanger. Which most romance readers will tell you in the kiss of death. I mean, you drag this story out for 10 and a half hours to get NO RESOLVE? SERIOUSLY? I can't imagine I would ever read anything this author writes in the future.

This story had so much potential had it just been in the hands of a more skilled writer.

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Great Read

Wow, this was an awesome book. I don’t even know where to begin. The whole story was so well put together, the characters were so amazing. The storyline was fantastic. For a very small brief moment it reminds you of Beauty and the Beast, but then it goes completely leaf and creates it own storyline vastly different from the Beauty and the Beast. I cannot wait for the second book. This author is truly amazing, this is my first book from her, and it won’t be my last.

Thank you Sylvia Mercedes, for your wonderful vivid and colorful story.

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Very captivating

The first chapters are extremely annoying because all she does is complain and say she was kidnapped. The thing that V doesn't realize is that she made the choice even after she was told what would happen many many times and being told that they would use tricks. She doesn't seem very bright. I just want to scream at her, you were not kidnapped, you made your choice! Only because she keeps saying she was kidnapped all the way to the end, instead of the truth of the matter, that she made the choice even after being warned several times. After that she finally begins to start seeing things clearly and the story gets very interesting. I couldn't stop listening. Then she reverts to denying that she made the choice to become his bride and believes everything that she is told to cause mistrust. She is so stupid it's unnerving. Her idiotic mistakes finally doom them. All because she kept playing the stupid victim and didn't let herself fall in love with the one person that had only showed her kindness. It becomes obvious that he loves her but she's too stupid to see it. It's a very sad story. I feel bad for him and can't help thinking that she deserved to be the one punished, not him.

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Good enough??

it was ok. found the heroine to be annoying at times, and good enough at times to keep me interested. Not sure if I'm going to buy the next book though.

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  • Nova Star
  • 11-06-22

very enjoyable

A very enjoyable Beauty and the Beast style book. Well narrated, would like to listen to more like this.

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  • Laura Henman
  • 09-20-22

Excellent first book!!

I've never read a book by Sylvia Mercedes and all I can say is, I'm thrilled that I started with this book and audio!!

It starts off at a gentle pace, where we get to know about Valera and Brielle, including the life they're subjected to.

We're very soon introduced to Erolas, as a shadow, watching Valeria and asking her name. Before she knows it the Ward Witch Mother Ulla is grabbing her and starts ranting about elves and marriage.

Well one thing leads to another and she wakes up in Orican, as the new Lady Dymeria, and oh boy, she really does not take to this too well!!

And that's where things don't work out the way Erolas was hoping. Soon the bad guy....or in this case, woman.....comes in and everything goes to hell!!

The narrator for this book is a lady, again I've never come across before, called Emily Lawrence and all I can say here is........

She's good!! I mean really good!!

She has a great range of voices for different characters and let's be honest, that's what you look for in a narrator. I certainly loved the voice she did for Erolas.

So the all important question is, would I recommend both the book and audio??

Absolutely, without a doubt, get to it and buy both. There's nothing better than listening to the book as you're reading!!

Anyway I'm off now to read the second book, The Sunfire King, so toodles guys 🙋🙋

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  • Charity
  • 02-02-22

A adult Fairytale

Love this Story, same it been poorly rated. Love that she and the Fae Lord is slow budding romance with a Heroin Adventure. Look forward with next book.