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Once upon a time… A town will only suffer the presence of a witch for as long as she is useful. Aisling watches the flames lick her thighs and prays for a quick death. But when an Unseelie prince appears through the smoke, she does what any self respecting witch would do. She curses him. Bran should never have traveled to the human realm, and is shocked when a witch binds Once upon a time… A town will only suffer the presence of a witch for as long as she is useful. Aisling watches the flames lick her thighs and prays for a quick death. But when an Unseelie prince appears through the smoke, she does what any self respecting witch would do. She curses him. Bran should never have traveled to the human realm, and is shocked when a witch binds them together. His life is hers and he refuses to die. He saves her from the fires, casts a hex on the townsfolk for good measure, then whisks her away to safety. His only stipulation? She has to remove the binding curse. Unfortunately for them both, she can’t. Witch and Unseelie must travel across the Otherworld to break the ties that bind them. Secrets and lies stand between them, but both will stop at nothing to save themselves.


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Once upon a time… A town will only suffer the presence of a witch for as long as she is useful. Aisling watches the flames lick her thighs and prays for a quick death. But when an Unseelie prince appears through the smoke, she does what any self respecting witch would do. She curses him. Bran should never have traveled to the human realm, and is shocked when a witch binds Once upon a time… A town will only suffer the presence of a witch for as long as she is useful. Aisling watches the flames lick her thighs and prays for a quick death. But when an Unseelie prince appears through the smoke, she does what any self respecting witch would do. She curses him. Bran should never have traveled to the human realm, and is shocked when a witch binds them together. His life is hers and he refuses to die. He saves her from the fires, casts a hex on the townsfolk for good measure, then whisks her away to safety. His only stipulation? She has to remove the binding curse. Unfortunately for them both, she can’t. Witch and Unseelie must travel across the Otherworld to break the ties that bind them. Secrets and lies stand between them, but both will stop at nothing to save themselves.

30 review for The Faceless Woman (The Otherworld #4)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emma Hamm

    I'm so excited for this book to be released into the world! Bran and Aisling's story is by far my favorite (sorry Eamonn, even this author is #teambran now). I thoroughly enjoyed writing this story, and I cannot wait for it to be in your hands. This one is for all the women out there who've always felt a little "witchy" ;P Pre Order today! Find me on my Facebook for daily updates, snippets, and fan art! Follow my Blog for extra content, information on characters, and bits of writing that won't be I'm so excited for this book to be released into the world! Bran and Aisling's story is by far my favorite (sorry Eamonn, even this author is #teambran now). I thoroughly enjoyed writing this story, and I cannot wait for it to be in your hands. This one is for all the women out there who've always felt a little "witchy" ;P Pre Order today! Find me on my Facebook for daily updates, snippets, and fan art! Follow my Blog for extra content, information on characters, and bits of writing that won't be in the book! Join in my Mailing List for emailed updates! And of course, add this book to your "To Read" to be notified when it's released!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joleen (starlightbooktales)

    4.5 Stars Need more Bran

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    Previous books in the series: Heart of the Fae - ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Veins of Magic - ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Bride of the Sea - ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I knew I was not gonna be dissapointed in this book because the whole series is great. It was blurbed as The Swan Princess meets Celtic Mythology and I couldn't agree more. I have really liked all books in this series/companion books and I'm sure if there are more coming out, I'll pick the, up. Previous books in the series: Heart of the Fae - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Veins of Magic - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Bride of the Sea - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I knew I was not gonna be dissapointed in this book because the whole series is great. It was blurbed as The Swan Princess meets Celtic Mythology and I couldn't agree more. I have really liked all books in this series/companion books and I'm sure if there are more coming out, I'll pick the, up.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books* Following closely Emma's writing has been a delight in the past months. Having discovered her books accidentally, after scouting Goodreads for a good "Beauty and the Beast" retelling, I fell in love with her pose and writing style, not to mention the seamless way, she weaves Celtic mythology with classic fairy tales! Her upcoming book, part of the Otherworld series, features the Swan P I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books* Following closely Emma's writing has been a delight in the past months. Having discovered her books accidentally, after scouting Goodreads for a good "Beauty and the Beast" retelling, I fell in love with her pose and writing style, not to mention the seamless way, she weaves Celtic mythology with classic fairy tales! Her upcoming book, part of the Otherworld series, features the Swan Princess as it blends with the Celtic mythology. While the books can be read as stand-alones, I truly recommend you to read them from the beginning. The stories interconnect with each other and very smartly the author laces clues for the next books in the series within the existing novels. Aisling is a witch who has a curse on her; no Fae can see her face and she has magic within her that could make her coveted in the Otherworld or hunted in the human one. Bran is the Unseelie Prince who searches for a cure. Yet, when accidentally Aisling curses him, binding them together, they will form a tentative alliance, in order to search for the solution to the binding curse. Their trip will be an adventure, a mystery, laced with dreams, creatures both beautiful and scary, sleeping old gods and tragedy. And a slow-burning romance, which I really want to have more of it. You can see the outline of the Swan Princess here, yet Emma Hamm succeeds in creating a unique blend of magic and monstrous beauty which encaptures the reader, begging for more. At least, I want more! Because the ending could be this! And while some parts left me questioning the whys I am positive that Emma will give this pair a wonderful ending. Don't miss this one; the cover is stunning, there are clues everywhere and this hidden gem deserves more attention!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Showie Ford

    Again with the cover! Every book in this series has a cover to die for. I cannot get over how beautiful they are. I need paperbacks. I need them on my desk all the time so that I can just look at them all day! “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” is an excellent saying, but in this case, go ahead. This cover is fantastic, and it’s not even one tenth as amazing as the story. Now, the technical: The characters are amazing. Filly developed and intriguing, both Bran and Aisling kept me on my toes. I ha Again with the cover! Every book in this series has a cover to die for. I cannot get over how beautiful they are. I need paperbacks. I need them on my desk all the time so that I can just look at them all day! “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” is an excellent saying, but in this case, go ahead. This cover is fantastic, and it’s not even one tenth as amazing as the story. Now, the technical: The characters are amazing. Filly developed and intriguing, both Bran and Aisling kept me on my toes. I have, of course, loved Bran for several books now, and could not wait to see where his story would lead. Aisling is everything I could have ever wanted for him and more. She is strong, fierce and just a touch vulnerable. She is perfect! (Am I gushing? I can’t help it! I’m riding this post book high! So good!) The world building is, as always from Emma, phenomenal. We’ve been in this world (These worlds) for four books now, you’d expect that the Otherworld would be out of surprises, but NOPE! I am obsessed with the Unseelie court. The characters and creatures, the scenery, the architecture, all of it fantastic. The plot was shocking. I don’t use that word lightly. Very few plot twists shock me. I was shocked. Definitely a page turner, I could not put this book down. I read the whole thing in just a few hours. I need more. I cannot wait to find out what happens next! There is so much more I could say, but I am afraid of accidentally spoiling something. So I’ll shut up. It is only through great restraint that I’m stopping. 😉 If you have not read this series, start at the beginning, (Heart of the Fae) pour yourself a big mug of tea and settle in. You’re in for a treat! If you have read the rest of the series, you need zero encouragement from me. Grab this book like the decadent morsel it is and sink your teeth in. Find my other reviews (And those of my book bestie) at our blog: Ssshwearereading.wordpress.com

  6. 4 out of 5

    Adrianna

    This has been my favorite of the series so far. Who knew something so good could get even better? Partly, I think it's because the dynamic between Aisling and Bran is really well done and snarky--I like snarky--but I also think my partiality may just be my own preferences. This is a pretty dark novel and I really enjoy that aspect. There's something about Aisling that you can relate to, even if you can't really relate to her life experiences. Everyone has some part of them that they hold in rese This has been my favorite of the series so far. Who knew something so good could get even better? Partly, I think it's because the dynamic between Aisling and Bran is really well done and snarky--I like snarky--but I also think my partiality may just be my own preferences. This is a pretty dark novel and I really enjoy that aspect. There's something about Aisling that you can relate to, even if you can't really relate to her life experiences. Everyone has some part of them that they hold in reserve as a protection against other people. Everyone feels as if they're going alone through life at some time or other. Most people have been through some really hard life experiences that have left their scars and left them stronger, and tougher, and perhaps more bitter and cynical. These are the parts of Aisling that one can relate to--and that despite her rough-around-the-edges demeanor, she still has compassion and charity and sees the beauty in others--especially the broken ones. The beginning of the novel starts off a bit slow, despite a villager mob and witch burning, but things pick up as you become more acquainted with Aisling and Lorcan (Aisling's witch familiar and only family) and Bran (the random passer-by whom she cursed with a binding spell). Of course, we know Bran from the first books in the series, and I'm so glad we finally get a novel devoted to him--he's worthy of more exploration. He's Puck-like in his mischievous and humorous quality, but also much more reflective and serious. It's a good combination in a dark prince. There are plenty of adventures and Hamm does an excellent job of describing the strange, otherworldly (literally) realm they find themselves in. You can really visualize the wonder of the faerie forests, the ugliness of the Duchess of Darkness's people, and the horror of Unseelie royalty. This is the second in Hamm's Otherworld series that is a two-part novel. Part of me grateful that we won't see the end of Aisling and Puck too soon despite the fact that I now need to wait until November for the sequel.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Juliette Cross

    Such an exciting, compelling world! Emma Hamm has done it again with her newest addition to the Otherworld series. I loved the mystery behind Aisling's curse. And Bran! So adore him. The snarky banter between these two set the stage for some great chemistry. With a fascinating and alluring journey back into the Otherworld, Hamm spins a tantalizing tale full of both wicked and sometimes friendly Fae. You don't want to miss this one!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Suey_Library

    ***Received an Advanced Readers Copy by the author in exchange for an honest review - thank you Emma*** Holy nuggets comrades - this cover. This synopsis. Nothing I can say in any amount of words can convey how much everything consumed me with The Faceless Woman. If the prologue didn't captivate you like it did me, then I am going to start questioning your sanity and mental comprehension. Returning to the world I love, we are faced the with deliciously naughty Bran, the Unseelie Prince from Heart ***Received an Advanced Readers Copy by the author in exchange for an honest review - thank you Emma*** Holy nuggets comrades - this cover. This synopsis. Nothing I can say in any amount of words can convey how much everything consumed me with The Faceless Woman. If the prologue didn't captivate you like it did me, then I am going to start questioning your sanity and mental comprehension. Returning to the world I love, we are faced the with deliciously naughty Bran, the Unseelie Prince from Heart of Fae and Veins of Magic. During a wondering moment, Bran is witnessing a witch hunter burning a witch, Aisling. Refusing to help, Bran continues to watch in the shadows until Aisling does the only thing she can to save her own life - Aisling curses our young prince, binding spell; if she dies, he dies.  Oh Aisling. What can I say about our elusive heroine? Well I can admit that going into this I kept imagining Odette when I first dived into this installment, but damn was I completely off base. Aisling was not what I was expecting in the least bit. She wasn't this 'Oh woe is me' type damsel, no she was definitely ballsy. Aisling has this fierce attitude that just makes her so empowering while still holding some innocence and vulnerability. She is an amazing blend of kindhearted appeal with such a powerful personality that screams to be seen, to be heard. Plus her feisty personality mixed with Bran's cocky attitude was just perfection. And speaking of the scrumptious Bran, comrades I have waited a long while to finally get the the Unseelie Prince and he did not disappoint. I cannot gush enough about his character. Bran was childish, yet cunningly intelligent. Mixture of mischievous and intrusive exterior personality, he had this untouchable kindness to him, especially as the connection between him and Aisling grew. Bran and Aisling together was phenomenal, it was perfection - this is the best I can describe them. Although they have their secrets, their mission is very similar, utilizing one another to gain what they wish for most - freedom. Not only did their witty banter and stubbornness aid in their chemistry, but they really challenged each others motives. Their entire interactions was either this push and pull of flirting or bickering. What I enjoyed most was as the journey continued their connection really evolved from this battling friendship into a world where they were consumed by one another.  Aside from the romance that honestly I am #TeamBran all the way, the backbone of The Faceless Woman is truly an intriguing experience. Each book up to now has given glimpses into different worlds of the Otherworld. Getting a taste of the humans vs. the Fae, down to the beginning where we dived into the beauty of the Seelie Court. Now however we are swimming in the Unseelie Realm, which is an entire new side of this unforgiving world. Unseelie is the world of the dark magic - misfits, dissentients, suffering - our nightmarish demons. The courts of abominable creatures that come into contact with the plot is intriguing to say the least. Amongst the disfigured cannibals and fallen Gods, we get new introductions to other folklore - the Sluage. Oh man my fingers are tingling of the possibilities.  And that ending... guys I still have chills down my spine. It was a satisfyingly intense cliffhanger; that is all I am saying.  And I have to just say it, but Emma Hamm slays me. She is such a phenomenal writer that she has me beguiled, enchanted and ever more made me completely in love to where my speckled heart is bursting. She takes such unique avenues of these mythology backbone stories and really enriches everything she creates in her own unique plot without taking away the basis of the legend of mythology she portrays. I honestly cannot get enough of this world. The Faceless Woman is definitely my favorite in the Otherworlds Series at this point. Don't get me wrong I LOVED the first, but something about Aisling and Bran just overpowered everything about this world Emma has created. I honestly cannot wait to see what comes in the future with this duo; let the stalking commence comrades.

  9. 4 out of 5

    The Word Nerd Reviews Blog

    If, for whatever reason, you have been postponing reading this latest instalment – STOP RIGHT NOW – this book is fantastic, and that ending, wow, that ending is a difficult one, but I just cannot see it as the end of Bran and Aisling’s story, and I can’t wait to see how it’s all resolved. The Faceless Woman returns to the ‘present,’ that is, the time of Sorcha & Eamonn’s story. Now those that have read my other comments on this series will know that I have been a massive Bran fan since the fi If, for whatever reason, you have been postponing reading this latest instalment – STOP RIGHT NOW – this book is fantastic, and that ending, wow, that ending is a difficult one, but I just cannot see it as the end of Bran and Aisling’s story, and I can’t wait to see how it’s all resolved. The Faceless Woman returns to the ‘present,’ that is, the time of Sorcha & Eamonn’s story. Now those that have read my other comments on this series will know that I have been a massive Bran fan since the first book, Heart of the Fae, and I’ve been waiting with baited breath for his book. I was not disappointed. While the previous book, Bride of the Sea, was a little more serious, a little heavier, The Faceless Woman is infused with the humour you come to expect from the first two books, even more so, because well, it’s Bran! After getting a look into Bran’s head, through his POV in the book, I can honestly say that he is still my favourite character in the series (so far). Bran is just, well Bran. He likes to give the impression of being snarky, selfish, and indifferent; the reality is that he cares deeply, he just doesn’t show it very well, but once his protective walls are breached, there is nothing he won’t do for those he loves and respects. Aisling was his perfect mate. She could match him snark for snark, and her protective walls were also well and truly up, but like Bran, under the hard exterior is a heart of gold. Lorcan added another element of humour, his evident love and care for Aisling while still acknowledging her faults and his (often) passive aggressive conversations with Bran had me smiling. I will give a warning that the ending will absolutely rip your heart out (I cried a little, but then, I’m a wuss) and it is bittersweet. But without having any insider information, I do believe that this story will be resolved in a future book. I just can’t imagine this author leaving Bran and Aisling in limbo. But the ending well and truly cemented Bran’s swoon-worthiness!! I can’t recommend the Otherworld Series highly enough. Book 1 is Heart of the Fae, Book 2 is Veins of Magic, Book 3, Bride of the Sea, is a companion novel set in a time before the events of Heart of the Fae. Although reading Bride of the Sea is not necessary to enjoy The Faceless Woman, I would very much recommend reading Heat of the Fae and Veins of Magic first. Much of the background to the characters and world building necessary to really enjoy this book is set up in the first two books of the series. I loved the Faceless Woman, Emma Hamm has certainly not disappointed, and I can’t wait for the next instalment! All my reviews can be found on my blog: The Word Nerd Reviews Follow Me: Facebook & Twitter

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michelle*

    Emma Hamm is a weaver of worlds. She starts with individual threads: folk tales, side characters, witch spells. These are combined into an intricate tapestry of magic, mystery, family, tragedy, and love. The Faceless Woman took two threads from Hamm's Otherworld series (Bran and a passing witch) and created a breathtakingly eerie and dark adventure. We are introduced to Aisling, a kindhearted but cursed witch who just wants to help those in need and feel wanted in return. As many witch-y tales go, Emma Hamm is a weaver of worlds. She starts with individual threads: folk tales, side characters, witch spells. These are combined into an intricate tapestry of magic, mystery, family, tragedy, and love. The Faceless Woman took two threads from Hamm's Otherworld series (Bran and a passing witch) and created a breathtakingly eerie and dark adventure. We are introduced to Aisling, a kindhearted but cursed witch who just wants to help those in need and feel wanted in return. As many witch-y tales go, she ends up burning at the stake. In flies Bran (quite literally), the belovedly mischievous and meddling secondary character in Hamm's Heart of the Fae and Veins of Magic. He does not help Aisling as she burns, and she flings a binding curse at him, forcing him into action. And so the adventure begins. Aisling is a perfect heroine. She is courageous, kind, and powerful. Her stubbornness is almost a character in itself. Hiding behind curses and selfconstructed emotional walls, she yearns for freedom and acceptance. Her powers and confidence in herself are spellbinding. Bran is exactly what you would want from an Unseelie prince: rash, meddlesome, powerful, mischievous. But he is also kind and thoughtful.  They collide in an absolutely phenomenal inferno of jagged barbs and witty banter. They argue constantly, which may have grown tedious if it were not for how Hamm wrote their interactions, like a sword fight: blocking and feigning, retreating and attacking. They move always a few steps apart, but with the same goal in mind. Even when their relationship grew and matured, they still bickered and challenged each other. That made them feel all the more real.  And now: the world. We have seen a glimpse into the beauty and injustice of the Seelie court in the previous books, but The Faceless Woman plunges the reader into the macabre and creepy reality of the Unseelie realm: the world of misfits, nonconformists, and dark magic. This is where monsters under the bed are a daily reality. We're introduced to dead gods, disfigured cannibals, blind spider librarians, and all sorts of nefarious creatures. It's a truly delightful experience. I don't have adequate words for how much I adored this book. It speaks to the dark, mischievous part of your soul that wants to dance in graveyards, run through fairy circles, and be thrown headfirst into adventure. The ending was beautifully heartbreaking and wonderful in equal parts. You are left knowing that, whatever comes next, Aisling and Bran will fight tooth and nail for their future together. The Faceless Woman was utterly enchanting and is now one of my favorite books. I received this book as an ARC in exchange for my honest review and opinion.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Elizabeth

    I received an ARC of The Faceless Woman from Emma in exchange for my honest review. And my review will start with the fact that this is HANDS DOWN Emma's best book yet. |life could be good if she only remembered the possibilities| The Faceless Woman starts with a fire. Literally. Aisling, a witch who lives in the human realm is being run out of her town for simply being herself. When she begins praying for a quick death an Unseelie Prince appears in the crowd and her natural response is to curse hi I received an ARC of The Faceless Woman from Emma in exchange for my honest review. And my review will start with the fact that this is HANDS DOWN Emma's best book yet. |life could be good if she only remembered the possibilities| The Faceless Woman starts with a fire. Literally. Aisling, a witch who lives in the human realm is being run out of her town for simply being herself. When she begins praying for a quick death an Unseelie Prince appears in the crowd and her natural response is to curse him. Not just a regular curse, but a binding curse. One that would force him to save her to also save himself. As the Unseelie Prince saves Aisling he only wants one thing from her, to have her remove the binding curse but what he doesn't know is that she can't. Because of Aisling's curse her and the Unseelie are forced to travel to the Otherworld to attempt to break the curse. What they find along the way though is a respect and understanding for each other and what they desire, but also secrets and betrayal that will define their relationship. |No, humans were not kind. They did not know how to be generous to those they deemed different.| First and foremost: Aisling and Bran's bantering, bickering, sarcastic relationship is straight up #goals. I relate to Aisling on an extremely deep level because I am always told I can be the sassiest most sarcastic person so seeing that in her made me extremely happy. To see this witch stand up to others for what she believes is right, to see her stand up for what she wants and to not back down for anyone but herself is feminism at its finest. |she wore her wit and sarcasm like a badge of pride when they were really a shield against the world| Bran's ability to get under Aisling's skin and eventually get her to begin breaking down that wall that closes her off from everyone was truly beautiful to watch. To see Aisling begin to trust Bran on a level that she never has before was character development at its best. Bran and Aisling went through such an ordeal together and they came out as different, better people for it and seeing that development between them warmed my cold bitter heart. |"I'll hold you through the whole thing," he murmured. "I won't let go, no matter how the storm rages."| I have read all of Emma's Otherworld books and I was happy to yet again see another glimpse into this world with this book primarily taking part in the Unseelie Court which I loved so much! This part of the world was so dark and mysterious but still beautiful and made me envious that I have to live in the drab human realm. I loved seeing all of the different creatures that lurk in the Unseelie Court, especially Bran ;) I will FOREVER love him and all his raven feathered gorgeousness. If Aisling decides half raven men aren't her thing I will take him off her hands because DAMN. |Beast and man melded into one mysterious figure who had stepped out of the shadows like an ancient god| Okay, that's all folks. Go read this book. You don't even have to read the other 3 for this to make complete sense. This book is amazing. Emma is amazing. Go be her friend and read her books.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michaela Whitney

    First of all, I want to say Thank You to Emma Hamm for an opportunity to read an ARC for this. It's been a very long time, over 15 years since I've come across another author who can capture this kind of heartbreakingly beautiful, otherworldly magic in words. I'm so glad for this tale, and series and especially this author for bringing these to life. It's everything I wanted and more. I have a soft spot for Irish folklore and mythology (ever since I picked up a copy of Daughter of the Forest by Ju First of all, I want to say Thank You to Emma Hamm for an opportunity to read an ARC for this. It's been a very long time, over 15 years since I've come across another author who can capture this kind of heartbreakingly beautiful, otherworldly magic in words. I'm so glad for this tale, and series and especially this author for bringing these to life. It's everything I wanted and more. I have a soft spot for Irish folklore and mythology (ever since I picked up a copy of Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier). This rings so close to that vein of story telling, it crafts these wonderful characters and weaves absolute spell that stays with you long after you've finished reading. It really feels like a miracle to read something that made me feel like that again. I felt so much for Aisling- this strong, fiery woman who would not let even fate temper her, and for Bran. Our Unseelie Prince, who just wants to find his own way around what other's expect him to do and be. Both are anchored by their pasts, by family, by curses, and see each other for exactly as they are, and what they could be together if they just let down the walls they've carefully built around themselves. The ending sucked the air out of the room. I can't say much more or I'll ruin the surprise. I had tears running down my face for that last chapter. Urgh, it was so beautifully crafted. I never saw any of that coming. I cannot wait to see how their tale will play out. I surely hope there will be more on these two. I feel so full of hope for them. (I hardly ever gush about a book, but this one deserves all the gushing!) Thank you Emma, so much for this incredible world!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Am I the ONLY person in the world who wasn't 100% in love with this book? I didn't hate or love this one. To me it was okay, and I'll tell you why. The beginning of the relationship between the H&h is like a 2x4 to the skull. There's no subtlety, and honestly it was grating. There's the immediate physical attraction, which is fine. That happens in real life. She's a spitfire trying to find her destiny, he's running from his destiny and doesn't want any responsibility- all fine. But the back a Am I the ONLY person in the world who wasn't 100% in love with this book? I didn't hate or love this one. To me it was okay, and I'll tell you why. The beginning of the relationship between the H&h is like a 2x4 to the skull. There's no subtlety, and honestly it was grating. There's the immediate physical attraction, which is fine. That happens in real life. She's a spitfire trying to find her destiny, he's running from his destiny and doesn't want any responsibility- all fine. But the back and forth felt forced, and I knew exactly where it was leading. I had a hard time determining what age the characters were supposed to be, because they both seem really immature and feel like they are written much younger than they are. This may be intentional, but again annoying. I REALLY like Emma's writing and the world building is awesome. Lorcan is my favorite character. I got the idea that he's supposed to be the somewhat comic relief, but I really feel like he is the best developed character of the three even if he does fall into a typical cat stereotype at times. The first two books of this particular series are far and away better in my opinion.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nat

    Ever since reading Holly Blacks The Cruel Prince Ive fallen in love with books about faeries, pixis and goblins. I cant even express who happy I am to have found this genre, because otherwise I probably would not have read Emma Hamms "The Faceless Woman" and boy, would I have missed one of the best books in 2018. I loved the world Hamm has created in her book and the complexity and mechanism inside the world of the fae. There is cruelty and mischief going on all around you and you never know, if Ever since reading Holly Black´s The Cruel Prince I´ve fallen in love with books about faeries, pixis and goblins. I can´t even express who happy I am to have found this genre, because otherwise I probably would not have read Emma Hamm´s "The Faceless Woman" and boy, would I have missed one of the best books in 2018. I loved the world Hamm has created in her book and the complexity and mechanism inside the world of the fae. There is cruelty and mischief going on all around you and you never know, if the things you think you know, are actually real. Apart from the worldbuilding, the characters in "The Faceless Woman" are great! We have Aisling, a young witch, who has a mind of her own and is one of the best written heroines I know. From the beginning of the book the reader can kind of guess, that she is more than just a simple witch with a cat for a parent (I LOVED Lorcan!!!!). During the book we always get glimpses of her past and why she is the way she is, as well as WHO she actually is. I also really enjoyed her character development, especially her changing views and her honesty towards herself. I also really liked Bran with his kind of cocky attitude and darker fae side. But even though everything above made this book into a great read, the best part of the book was the dynamic of the characters and their interaction with each other. Aislings and Brans relationship was just so funny, witty and heartwarming. I loved their dialogues and fighting as well as the growing trust between the them. Even though the end is kind of a cliffhanger, something I normally hate! Here, it only makes me want to read the next book more. I want to know more about Aislings family, I want to see how her relationship with Elva plays out in the future and how Elva´s backstory made her the woman she is today, but most of all I want to know more about Bran´s past and how his and Aisling´s story turns out.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

    ***Received an Advanced Readers Copy by the author in exchange for an honest review*** NOOOOO!!!! EEEMMMMMMMMAAA!!!! WHY?!?! Why. WHy. WHY....(*&(*!@#(*&%($(*# UGH. Cliffhanger. Heart broken. I can't. I need more Bran in my life. And Lorcan. Meow. I need to see how this ends!!!! UUGGGHHH. I was lucky enough to be given an eReview copy from the author to read/review. I didn't know it at the time...but she's a meanie who only wants to make you fall in love with her characters then rip your hea ***Received an Advanced Readers Copy by the author in exchange for an honest review*** NOOOOO!!!! EEEMMMMMMMMAAA!!!! WHY?!?! Why. WHy. WHY....(*&(*!@#(*&%($(*# UGH. Cliffhanger. Heart broken. I can't. I need more Bran in my life. And Lorcan. Meow. I need to see how this ends!!!! UUGGGHHH. I was lucky enough to be given an eReview copy from the author to read/review. I didn't know it at the time...but she's a meanie who only wants to make you fall in love with her characters then rip your heart out and make you wait and wait for the next book to find out what's happening to your babies. (JKING- Emma is the best) This book. Unseelie, Seelie, witches, Fae, Fairytales.....this book has it all. I'm still trying to form rational thoughts after finishing this book. I'm on a book high. This world that is built is amazing. I love the characters, I love the magic and curses... I get a definite Pan's Labyrinth type feel for this world, along with the dark Hans Christian Anderson type vibe. This is a perfect retelling of the "Swan Princess". And you will meet Bran....sigh. My raven feather haired majestic man. He is MINE and no one else can have him. This story is a perfect mix of thrill and magic, heartbreak and hope. It's about healing and love, forgiveness and change. These characters grow and become better people because of those they care about. My favorite quote from the book is: "Family wasn't flesh and blood; It was the people who set her soul at ease and filled her lungs with air." I just think that is so beautiful. Aisling has had a very lonely life, besides Lorcan. She hasn't had a family dynamic to have faith in and trust to take care of her. She's fought to be a strong woman, and the above quote just shows that when she loves, it's because she WANTS you in her life, and has chosen to love and want and fight for someone. Do yourself a favor. Go read every single one of Emma's books. RIGHT NOW.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Madalyn

    The Faceless Woman Starts with the fierce and sassy Aisling  being accused of witchcraft and tied to a tree to burn for her wickedness....enter handsome Unseelie Prince, Bran. In an attempt to save herself from the flames she curses him, binding his life to hers, thus forcing Bran to save her or burn with her. He of course chooses to save her and heal her IF she removes the curse...there's only one problem, she doesn't know how. Now they must travel across the Otherworld on a quest to break the The Faceless Woman Starts with the fierce and sassy Aisling  being accused of witchcraft and tied to a tree to burn for her wickedness....enter handsome Unseelie Prince, Bran. In an attempt to save herself from the flames she curses him, binding his life to hers, thus forcing Bran to save her or burn with her. He of course chooses to save her and heal her IF she removes the curse...there's only one problem, she doesn't know how. Now they must travel across the Otherworld on a quest to break the curse! Emma Hamm has done it again! I'm in love with this book and it is my favorite story yet! Oh yeah, and lets not forget another breathtaking cover <3 I am so digging the darker atmosphere and digging deeper into the Unseelie (my favorite) realm and the Sluagh were brought into this story too! Needless to say the world building was beautiful as always and painted a clear picture of the world on every page. I freaking LOVE Aisling! She just felt so real to me...she was fierce, brave, headstrong, and sassy...yet she had hidden insecurities that just made her more relate-able. Then there is Bran and how can you not love him as well! He's just as sassy and fierce as Aisling! They are my favorite couple so far *Swoony eyes*. Lorcan was another great character and I really hope to learn more about him in the future. Even the side characters were awesome, good and bad alike.  I just really cannot put into words how much my whimsical dark little heart loved this tale!! If you haven't read any of the Otherworld books yet then you seriously need to start. Especially if you love Fairy Tale re-tellings, Romance, and Celtic Folklore about the Fae. I give The Faceless Woman 5 Stars and a place on my favorite books shelf!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Teralyn Mitchell

    This is the second book I've read by Emma Hamm and I have to say I loved this one just as much as I loved Bride of the Sea. The cover is amazing and the story was very interesting. I loved Aisling and Bran. Their bickering back and forth was funny and entertaining. I loved the hate to love romance between them. The mystery behind Aisling's identity drove the story forward and made it hard to put it down. I wanted to know her history and what had happened to make it so that she was essentially a This is the second book I've read by Emma Hamm and I have to say I loved this one just as much as I loved Bride of the Sea. The cover is amazing and the story was very interesting. I loved Aisling and Bran. Their bickering back and forth was funny and entertaining. I loved the hate to love romance between them. The mystery behind Aisling's identity drove the story forward and made it hard to put it down. I wanted to know her history and what had happened to make it so that she was essentially a faceless woman. The answer did not disppoint at all.  I also loved the ending to this one. It was such a shock and I just did not see that coming. I am all too happy that there will be a sequel and I get more of Bran and Aisling. I wonder how they will fare in the next book.  Aisling was a very strong female character and I admired that about her. She was so fearless and willing to do whatever it took. She charged forth without a lot of thought most of the time and refused to let her fear get the better of her at any point. She'd been hurt a lot and had a lot of walls built around her and after learning her story it's very understandable. Bran was amazing. At first I didn't like him much but he grew on me just as he grew on Aisling. He wasn't the villain he tried to portray himself to be. The two of them together was just perfection. I loved Lorcan too. He cracked me up on more than one occasion. There weren't a lot of characters in this book to root for. Most were obstacles that Bran and Aisling had to get past and they were mostly the bad guys for lack of a better term. I do not want to say too much to avoid spoilers but also I do not know how Bran and Aisling's story ends. I will have to wait until the next installment is released. I am trying to be patient but it won't be easy.  This book was so well written and intriguing and kept me engrossed from the beginning. I hated reading it when I knew I could not devote hours to it and would have to stop. Once I got that time, I finished it in one sitting. I want to see what happens with Bran, Aisling, and Lorcan next. I need the second book like now.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Julissa

    The Faceless Woman is a beautifully written story filled with magic, secrets, and romance. From the moment I read the opening lines I was hooked! I finished it in one sitting, I couldn't put it down. I loved the hint of darkness weaved into the story, it was the perfect touch. The character and world building was absolutely incredible. I thoroughly enjoyed the authors take on Faerie, the Unseelie realm was so much fun to imagine. Each scene was portrayed in a way that made me feel as if I was ri The Faceless Woman is a beautifully written story filled with magic, secrets, and romance. From the moment I read the opening lines I was hooked! I finished it in one sitting, I couldn't put it down. I loved the hint of darkness weaved into the story, it was the perfect touch. The character and world building was absolutely incredible. I thoroughly enjoyed the authors take on Faerie, the Unseelie realm was so much fun to imagine. Each scene was portrayed in a way that made me feel as if I was right there with the characters, hiding from monstrous creatures. It makes me so happy when a author is able to transport you to their world, giving you a little piece of themselves. And that is exactly what Emma Hamm has given us with this gem. Aisling, is such a fierce strong woman, who doesn't take anything from anyone. I LOVE HER!!! She instantly became my new favorite female character. And Bran is just so swoon worthy, I couldn't get enough of him. The detail in which the characters were described was amazing, I could vividly picture each one. This story line had me guessing at every turn, I didn't know what was going to happen next. I'm usually good at "Reading the script" but this book had me on my toes. I can't praise it enough without spoiling it. It's easily one of my favorite reads of this year. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Angel Leya

    Aisling has lived her life as a witch, her magic both desired and feared by the humans she lives among. So when they come for her with torches and pitchforks, it's not much of a surprise. Aisling attempts to escape, but tied to the pole, flames licking up her legs, she sees a faerie - Bran. When he won't help her, she curses him with a binding spell so that if she goes, so does he. Of course, he helps her then. They embark on a journey to remove the curse, but the task isn't an easy one, and Aisl Aisling has lived her life as a witch, her magic both desired and feared by the humans she lives among. So when they come for her with torches and pitchforks, it's not much of a surprise. Aisling attempts to escape, but tied to the pole, flames licking up her legs, she sees a faerie - Bran. When he won't help her, she curses him with a binding spell so that if she goes, so does he. Of course, he helps her then. They embark on a journey to remove the curse, but the task isn't an easy one, and Aisling starts to question just what curse Bran is trying to release. This was an incredible fairytale retelling - you've never read The Swan Princess like this. And now that I'm writing the review, I've realized this is a standalone in a series of fairytale retellings. If the others are as good as this one, you might just want to buy the whole lot. :) I found the ending to be bittersweet, but thankfully, there will be a part two (I just checked to make sure - whew!). I think this is one of my favorite all-time romances.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    Another stunning read by Emma Hamm, she never disappoints! I was throughly entranced by the story and ideas in this book, both characters where solid and even the supporting cast ... cat? ... brought the story to another level of entertainment. I felt that this book payed close attention to Aisling POV more so than it did Bran’s however, and my only issue was that their relationship felt like it was built due to the interest in each others issues rather than their personalities - but, this is on Another stunning read by Emma Hamm, she never disappoints! I was throughly entranced by the story and ideas in this book, both characters where solid and even the supporting cast ... cat? ... brought the story to another level of entertainment. I felt that this book payed close attention to Aisling POV more so than it did Bran’s however, and my only issue was that their relationship felt like it was built due to the interest in each others issues rather than their personalities - but, this is only part one of the story so I have yet to see the conclusion to their romance. I’m quite impatient and hope to see it out soon!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    The Faceless Woman is such an amazingly dark and twisted retelling of Swan Lake. All I have to say is WOW!!! Once I started I couldn’t put it down. This story is so well written and the world building is amazing! I am definitely #teambran and I loved the characters and how they changed throughout the story. It is the first I have read by Emma Hamm and now I am off to read all the other books in The Otherworld Series!!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cali Spencer

    Thank you for lifting my read slump curse! This book was beautiful to me. Swan Lake has always been a fantastic story with a great lesson. This book does it so much justice. The world building was very easy to follow. I quickly fell in love with Aisling and her little attitude. The book was was both dark and beautiful as well as sad and sweet. The love interest was well written and I loved their banter. I was so happy it wasn't a sexual tease and us adults got a decent love scene. I really can't s Thank you for lifting my read slump curse! This book was beautiful to me. Swan Lake has always been a fantastic story with a great lesson. This book does it so much justice. The world building was very easy to follow. I quickly fell in love with Aisling and her little attitude. The book was was both dark and beautiful as well as sad and sweet. The love interest was well written and I loved their banter. I was so happy it wasn't a sexual tease and us adults got a decent love scene. I really can't speak enough good about this book. Thank you for such a beautiful retelling!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gillian

    I absolutely loved this book! It was dark, twisty, and wonderfully magical! I love fairytale retellings and Emma Hamm did a number on this. Aisling was so snarky and just such a fun character to read. I’m crossing my fingers for a sequel because I need more Bran and Aisling in my life.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Teri Christman Giacalone

    Slide down the rabbit hole into an amazing land of untold fantasy. This is not a simple retelling of "Swan Lake" but a masterfully woven fairytale for adults filled with unexpected twists and turns. I could not put it down.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marine Bernier

    I had the chance to read an ARC of this beauty <3 I am so glad I don't have to wait July to read it haha, but I cannot wait to get the physical copy in my hands !! This book was truly amazing, I thought Heart of the Fae was my favorite Emma Hamm's book ... well it's been dethroned haha I love being back in the Otherworld, loved the witty banter between Aisling and Bran, LOVED Lorcan, the action, the story, the curses ... Just read it please !

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shelby Cowell

    Great book, but cliff hanger Great book, not a fan of cliff hangers though. And now I have to wait until November to find out what happens!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra

    Her best book! Great characters and storyline. I loved the previous book but I do believe this was the best of the series!! Can't wait for their story to continue!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shoshannah Tiu

    One of my best reads before school starts 💙

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jodie

    Yet again another brilliant book that I lost myself in, looking forward to more from this writer she never disappoint with her creative imagination and beautiful tales.

  30. 4 out of 5

    A Little Nerdy

    What! Are you kidding me Emma! Why must you do this to my heart. *sigh* This story was so good but their journey isn't over. If you are looking for a happy ending this isn't it. So good!

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