- The Lord and the Banshee, by Gillian St. Kevern
The Lord and the Banshee, by Gillian St. Kevern
Thomas Cross, Lord of Foxwood, has received a double blow. The discovery of his terminal illness is followed immediately by the news that his longterm partner Pip is marked for death by the banshee of Connaught Castle. There is no cure for Cross’s condition, but there may be a way to save Pip—at the cost of his remaining time.
Recruiting his adopted son Julian to aid him, Cross travels to Ireland to free Pip from the banshee. As each successive encounter with the banshee leaves him closer to death, Cross grows more dependent on a dangerous fairy relic. But the gifts of the fair folk come at a price. What is the cost of Pip’s safety?
The Lord and the Banshee is the thirteenth in the series of Read by Candlelight gothic novellas featuring an ever-decreasing cast of LGBTQIA characters. Pairs well with chocolate and regret. Preorder now to hate everything.
And, I'm still half pleased I read it, and still heartbroken that I had to go through it.
A whole host of previous characters reappeared, predominantly Stephen Mereweather and Harris, from Book 2. As well as other characters, who had their own appearances and cameos.
While I can't say much about the plot without giving away massive spoilers, I will say that it was both intriguing, and a difficult read. Knowing how the events would end, and how it would affect the characters, left me with a bittersweet feeling, half heartbroken and half relieved the series are written out of chronological order, in that we might see Pip/Cross back again, on page together. But, what I can say is that I was almost in tears from page 25, and the feeling never really went away. I was in full-blown crying mode with the last 30 pages, and that heartbreaking Epilogue in Pip's POV.
““Doesn’t sound much like a banshee to me,” Julian said.