The Regent's Gamble

A Spellbound Consortium Book 1

Romance - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
542 Pages
Reviewed on 10/27/2014
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Author Biography

Nick Taylor enjoys writing as an outlet for her creativity. The works of Tolkien have inspired her greatly, and remain among some of her favorite novels. She is a video gamer by nature and enjoys horror movies, the outdoors, animals, and renaissance festivals. Nick currently lives in Texas where she hopes to acquire her registered nursing degree and is the mother of two beautiful children ages nine and eleven.

Alisha Payne loves to read and has always had a fondness for creative writing. She loves reading a whole range of genres and authors from Tolkien to James Rollins, and blames her love for reading on her mother, who introduced her to the worlds of Pern and Xanth. Alisha is a former Petty Officer of the United States Navy, which is where she met her wonderful husband. She currently resides with her family in Virginia.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Samantha Rivera for Readers' Favorite

Vampires, fae, spriggins, nymphs and more are taking up residence in greater Manhattan. Of course, as long as they obey the rules and laws of The Vault, that’s just fine with the Regent in charge. When humans start turning up dead and the creatures of the forest are being corrupted through dark magic, it’s time to find the culprit. Addison, as Regent, is in charge of discovering just what is going on in his area, and with the help of his Guardians as well as a local half-dryad named Saraia, he’s hoping to do so before another person ends up dead, human or not. There is evil corrupting Manhattan and it’s infecting the many creatures who live there. If they can’t find the source soon it could be the end of the Seelie, mages and humans alike in The Regent’s Gamble by A. Payne and N.D. Taylor.

Reading about the Seelie and Unseelie courts as well as magic users of any type has always fascinated me. I read absolutely anything I can get my hands on and this book did not disappoint. I was kept enthralled by every page as Addison and Saraia fought for their lives and the lives of their people. There was plenty of amazing action in this book as well as some pretty interesting romance scenes. Each of the characters (like Addison, Saraia, Noah and Liv) was very realistic and I had a real interest in what happened to them. I wanted to learn more and even at the end I wasn’t done getting to know them. The Regent’s Gamble by A. Payne and N.D. Taylor is definitely one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.