Title: Finn (Endangered Fae #1)
Author: Angel Martinez
Publisher: MLR Press
Genre: M/M, Fantasy, Fae
Published: May 2nd 2014 by MLR Press (first published July 2nd 2009)
Pages/Word Count: 205 Pages
Rating: 5.0 Stars
Lost and starving, Finn wakes to a poisoned world, but a man comes to him, a white light in the darkness—can a centuries old pooka find what he needs with a heartbroken, modern man?
When Diego rescues a naked man from the rail of the Brooklyn Bridge, he just wants to get the poor man out of traffic and to social services. He gets more than he bargained for when he discovers Finn is an ailing pooka, poisoned by the city’s pollution. To help him recover, Diego takes him to New Brunswick where Finn inadvertently wakes an ancient, evil spirit: the wendigo.
While they struggle to find a way to destroy the wendigo before it can possess Diego or kill nearby innocents, Diego wrestles with his growing feelings for Finn. Kill the monster and navigate a relationship between a modern man and a centuries old pooka. Piece of cake.
After discovering Angel Martinez at GRL last year and reading Rarely Pure and Never Simple, I was hooked and went searching for more books by her. I found the Endangered Fae series only to see that it was currently unavailable. I am happy to say it is once again available.
Finn is awesome – you should read this book. That should be enough, right?. No? Ok. Finn is also sweet and at times seems young and innocent, then his real age shines through in his weariness and longing for a world that is now beyond his reach. He is both powerful and vulnerable.
Although this book is titled Finn, it is also about Diego, Finn’s rescuer, his bright spot in an otherwise tarnished world. As the author takes us through the story we find out more about this attraction.
Diego is a kind soul that loves to help people. It is almost a compulsion, one that almost cost him his life and left him with seizures. It is a quality that makes Diego endearing. Diego is also an author, one who writes fantasy novels and I found it humorous that he was so reluctant to believe Finn was a Pooka, even when the evidence was being presented right before his eyes.
One of my favorite characters in the book is Tia Carmen. She is the bridge between the magical and human world in this story and I adored her. I want a Tia Carmen and I want to sit in her kitchen and smell the wonderful aromas and know the comfort she gives through her cooking. Finn is a lucky Pooka. :-)
I would be remiss to not mention Miriam. She is Diego’s editor and friend and a force of nature herself. She is a wonderful character and ally.
This book was fun to read. The writing is vivid, there is action and romance,magic, danger, insecurities and love. Finn captured my heart. On to Diego, Endangered Fae #2. (and more Finn!)