• The Moonfire Bride

  • Of Candlelight and Shadows, Book 1
  • By: Sylvia Mercedes
  • Narrated by: Emily Lawrence
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (50 ratings)

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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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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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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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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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Good but it seems to take forever to get there!

I enjoyed the book but it did feel like it took forever to get through the book. That being said I still enjoyed it.

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So fun!

This story was super fun and the voice performance was great. Be prepared to need the second book immediately….

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DO NOT LISTEN TO THE REVIEWS MAKE YOUR OWN OPINION

I absolutely loved this book it was my first audible read the I actually finished! Over harry potter, a little life, and over Chuck Palahniuk No book as made me stop watching Netflix and youtube and actually made me read! overall the pacing of the story is odd but makes sense once you realize time moves differently in the fae world. The book truly made it feel like she spent serval weeks as opposed to the true time Valera spent away, I wish the tension between the two MCs was built up more as well as their love story but the whole names tied to their hearts really made up for that. I can see how some people may not enjoy the build-up to the romance but I don't need smut to feel a connection between these two! now I can recommend this book to my kid sister without feeling like I'm giving her something only adults can read. BEWARE THOUGH THIS IS A VERY SLOW BURN ROMANCE, honestly, I would say its more of a character development story for the FL imagine the beauty and the beast or the story of psyche and eros if they didn't blindly fall in love with their KIDNAPPER just because they were nice to them . . . seriously why do people expect someone to fall in love with their captor so fast, anyways the book is magically realistic and spell-bounding!

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Wonderful Listen

Such a lovely story! The characters are well done. The world is enchanting. I can hardly wait to read the next book

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So glad I didn’t listen to the reviews

This book reminds me of the Greek myth of the beautiful god Eros and his mortal love Psyche. The myth goes Psyche can not look at her husbands face and he can only come to her at night. Psyche is told by evil women her husband is a trickster and a serpent. This book reminds me of a this myth mixed with beauty and the beast. The reviews do not do this book justice and I was hesitant at first but I’m so glad I got this. It’s a fae book with twists and turns. I was expecting a boring lack luster story but I was pleasantly surprised. I couldn’t figure out what would happen next. I’m glad I ignored the reviews and took a chance. I could not stop listening ! I don’t understand how anyone can dislike this book. It took me out of a reading slump.. I’m excited for book 2! The ending to book 1 was insanely action packed and exhilarating!!!

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I like It

This story reminds me of the Polar King but with a twist. I enjoyed it.

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  • 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.