The product description provides little information about this fantasy series in Georgian England. The Elven Lords employed their magic to suppress the humans, divide the kingdom among themselves, and keep the island isolated from Europe. The Elven Lords are evil rulers of their individual lands, killing humans for their own amusement. The Elven Lords even breed with humans - the resulting child inherits a magical gift. In THE LADY OF THE STORM, Lord Dewhame seeks to destroy his daughter, Cecily, for her power can rival his. Hidden away by her stepfather, Cecily grows up in a seaside village where she can frolic among the sea animals who understand her control of water. When her stepfather leaves the village to aid the Resistance, he casts a spell on it to prevent Lord Dewhame from detecting his daughter's power. Likewise, he tasks Giles, a half Elven/half Human with a magic knife, to disguise himself as the village blacksmith and guard Cecily from afar. When Dewhame's army attacks the village, Giles realizes the spell no longer protects Cecily. Giles reveals himself to Cecily and together they join the Resistance to challenge the Elven Lords.
THE LADY OF THE STORM is the second book in the series. In fact, I read it first to determine if it could be read as a standalone - and it can! I look forward to going back to read the first book, THE FIRE LORD'S LOVER.
I prefer to read Regency Romances. Fantasy does not appeal to me but I was curious about Kennedy's alternate setting in Georgian England. I was pleasantly surprised that she drew me into the Elven Lords' culture - it that was both historically correct and magically enchanting. But it was Kennedy's portrayal of the human struggle - a centuries old tale in every culture - that rendered the four star rating. The budding romance between Cecily and Giles underscored that humans' unalienable rights - life, liberty, and happiness - are worth fighting for.
I received an ARC from Sourcebooks to review this book.