The Power of Five (Power of Five, #1). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Power of Five by Alex Lidell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars.

Four elite fae warriors. One mortal female. A magical bond they can’t allow—or resist. 


Orphaned and sold to a harsh master, Lera’s life is about mucking stalls, avoiding her master’s advances, and steering clear of the mystical forest separating the mortal and fae worlds. Only fools venture into the immortal realms, and only dark rumors come out… Until four powerful fae warriors appear at Lera’s barn. 


River, Coal, Tye, and Shade have waited a decade for their new fifth to be chosen, the wounds from their quint brother’s loss still raw. But the magic has played a cruel trick, bonding the four immortal warriors to… a female. A mortal female. 


Distractingly beautiful and dangerously frail, Lera can only be one thing—a mistake. Yet as the males bring Lera back to the fae lands to sever the bond, they discover that she holds more power over their souls than is safe for anyone… especially for Lera herself. 

The Power of five

Light and enjoyable – yes, reverse harem – not so much!

I liked this book a lot more than I expected due to the fantasy storyline. I don’t really understand what constitutes a Reverse Harem book these days. Maybe this series will eventually turn into one. However, in this book the main character, Lera is a Mortal girl who finds out that she is one of a group of five magical warriors, the other 4 are Fae and Male.

Lara has a bond with them and is attracted to them, but what girl wouldn’t be if she was a poor mortal girl and all the sudden started spending all her time with 4 tall handsome magical men who constantly protect her and train her and treat her well. They are not having sex, so is it really considered Reverse Harem? Anyway, that may just be my little pet peeve. Though I guess it is so people don’t get surprised in future books when it does happen.

“We would all feel safer if one of us sleeps by your side, Leralynn,” River says in too-patient tones for the tenth time in as many minutes.
If I thought the males protective before, my official agreement to join the quint has deteriorated their behavior to new levels. “And I would feel safer if you didn’t kill each other.” I throw up my hands.
“Can we pull straws? Take turns? Do anything but a combat to the death?”
“Straws,” Shade agrees.
“Turns,” says Tye.
“I’m fine with combat,” says Coal.

I did really like the story, the guys each have their own different characters: the leader River is large and in charge, a bit aloof and comes from one of the three high court families. Shade is a healer and a wolf shifter and lost his twin brother which is why they need a new fifth for their quince. Tye is a lover with the power of fire and a rule breaker. Coal is a former slave of the Mor’s (enemy of the Fae). Together the group heads to the Citadel after picking up Lera where they will take their oath as a quince and resume duties protecting the realm.


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