Tansy Rayner Roberts

Creature Court, Book 1

HarperVoyager (2010)

ISBN: 978-0-7322-8943-0

Reviewed by Mitenae, July 2010

Velody’s move to Aufleur brings more changes to her life than simply becoming an apprentice dressmaker. On her first night there she gives up something, what she’s not quite sure, to a man who falls out of the sky. Years later, when Garnet, the Power and Majesty, dies, her gift returns and Aufleur needs a new Power and Majesty. But the only suitable King refuses and brings Velody into the twisted and malicious web of the creature court she knows nothing of.

I had been looking forward to reading this novel from Tansy Rayner Roberts for a while and it doesn’t disappoint. The characters are beautifully flawed and the storyline ends far too early, leaving you reading the last page and instantly wanting to know what happens next.

It isn’t often that I come across a book that will keep me awake into the wee hours having to read just a bit more. But this one did and for a very good reason. Tansy has created a richly decadent world that is far too morish to be good for anyone’s sleeping patterns.

It is a wonderful addition to dark fantasy and I can’t wait to read the next one.