Almost twenty years after the barrier between Earth and the Otherworld fell in the Fae Wars, Budapest is balancing on the precipice. A battle for dominance is brewing between the elite fae and the privileged humans in Eastern Europe. The prejudice between the sides is bubbling with hate and violence.
Nineteen-year-old human, Brexley, has grown up in privilege, but not without heartbreak. After being orphaned, she is taken in by General Markos, living in a walled city rife with power grabs and ruthless political games. Then one night the course of her life changes, and Brexley is thrown into the most feared prison in the east. Halalhaz, the House of Death—where you go in but don’t come out.
She must learn to live with the worst of fae and human criminals. The rule of hierarchy puts humans on the bottom, where the only way to survive each day is to make alliances with the fae.
Here she meets the sexy, vicious legend, Warwick Farkas. A myth among man and fae. He is as brutal, cruel, arrogant, and as lethal as the lore says he is, ruling the prison with unchallenged authority. Brexley can’t deny an intense draw to him, one that might cost her life.
If The Games don’t take her out first—
A fight to the death where only one survives.
I for the most part enjoyed the book but the sexual parts were too intense too fast and dragged a bit. I mostly just skimmed those parts. I am engaged enough to read the next one tho just because I like the whole layout of the post apocalyptic story she made35
I had heard great reviews of this on TikTok. I feel I was completely mislead. The book dragged on. I only finished bc I was hoping something would be worth it at the end.15
If you can get past the awful names such as Brexley (like what?) this book is amazing. From plot to lore to spice. The writing style is edible and leaves you wanting more and more. Can’t wait to read book two!55
To much weird sexual innuendo. The book just quit, I assume you are supposed to want to read on but the main character (from the next book teaser) will do the same thing with a new ‘amazing hunk’.15
Along the lines of the Arena 1 series and The Divergent series. Great story and engaging book.55
Best book I’ve read in a very long time!!55
amazing amazing amazing series! i’ve been scouring the book store for a good fantasy enemies to lovers story and can i say, this series absolutely delivered! fantastic slow burn enemies to lovers with amazing world building and plot. i’ve never wanted to leave a typed out review for a book before but this was so incredibly good!! all i did the last week was read these books. already pre ordered the fifth book and can’t wait to read!55
I love that this is not another simpering paranormal romance novel with absolutely no reality when there is violence and terror. This is an excellent story line and the characters are well developed and the world fascinating.55
I have become a junkie for all things Fae! Ever since I read the ACOTAR series, I have been desperate to scratch that itch. SMB is off to a great start IMO! I can already tell I’m trading in one hangover for another- and I’m ok with it! I was ready to keep this series in my TBR queue- as soon as I read the Jasón Momoa dedication. SOLD!! I’m new to this world of Fantasy Fae Romance- but I can already tell SMB will be an instant favorite for me. I liked her writing, her world building, the Easter eggs, the slow burn intrigue, the sprinkles of possibilities everywhere- I’m hooked. Must. Know. More!! Although this series is incomplete- I really appreciate that she has a timeline and release/title layout. I wish more authors did that so I can anticipate how long I need to wait, and what’s next. Looking forward to reading the rest of this series! Thank you!45
Slow at first but once I started I just couldn’t stop!55