Ummm, well…I’m such a big fan of the ‘Immortals’ series and was so looking forward to reading Manannan mac Lir’s story. “The Crossing” by Joy Nash is the story of how Mac meets the woman meant for him and finds love.
Mac is half fae, half god. He prefers to live ‘above’ and serves as the protector and defender of the fae and humans in this realm. He’s also a famous musician and now also famous for his part in the defeat of ‘the light’ over ‘the dark’. However, he’s just learning that his part in this battle has left him, a creature of light, with a piece of dark inside him. It’s affects on him are growing and he’s not sure what else in his life will be affected.
Artemis is a very powerful witch of extremely varied lineage. With both light and dark creatures in her family tree, her magic is a blend of both. She’s also a mother desperately searching for a way to save her son, whose soul has been stolen by a dark creature. When her attempt to bargain with the dark begins affecting creatures under Mac’s protection, he has no choice but to stop her. It also seems as though he has no choice but to love her.
I disliked Artemis from page one and it didn’t get any better throughout the story. She was a selfish, untrustworthy, conniving witch who used a mother’s love to justify harming anyone. I was so disappointed to see Mac reduced to a supplicant, begging for her unworthy emotions. Mac deserved so much more and better. She betrayed and belittled him over and over and over…and he took it and came back for more. And every time, I just wanted to throw the book against the wall.
There was also a trip to Hell in a twisted take-off on Dante’s Inferno, 21st century style. While parts of it were certainly amusing, Artemis’ constant scheming and betrayals cancelled out my enjoyment. Bummer.