Erin R Flynn
My name is Tamsin Vale and my life is about to get real… Really complicated and ridiculously dangerous. Which is almost funny given at nineteen I already know too much of the darkness of the world and people, the secrets they keep.
Or so I thought.
Turns out those quirky abilities I’ve been keeping secret expose me to a world I didn’t know existed. Sure, I knew I wasn’t human—but how exactly do I find out more without ending up in the wrong hands?
And I’m not so sure I’m in the right hands now given some of the reactions to finding me. They say I’m the last fairy. I’m not sure I should trust them when their thoughts are mostly of power and how to use me.
But I’m also not sure I have much of a choice. My powers are dangerous and I don’t know how to use them. They promise to teach me what I need to know and give me a chance at something I’ve never had before.
A normal life. I don’t think anything about Artemis University and those who attend is normal, but it’s still better than the life I’ve been living if they keep half their promises.
I think hoping they’ll keep half is generous.
Artemis University is a hot burning reverse harem, university-age paranormal academy series with darker elements, strong language, violence, and a heroine who follows her own moral compass of what is right… And who she ends up giving her heart to.
Tamsin is going about her business of helping those who want out of the streetwalking business when she has a major power surge. This one was large enough to attract some folks that know what just happened. They come to collect her, but when she starts fighting they kind of magically knock her out. Not a very smart move but it worked for them.
When she regains consciousness she is confronted with what appears to be the board members of Artemis University. They start discussing what happened with her and when she agrees to find out what she is, everyone gets a heck of a shock. She is the last known fairy alive. After the fairies were called home, they never returned and the portals went dark and sealed.
This is a favorite scene.
It wasn’t hard to put some pieces together then. I was born during a war and someone didn’t want that for me, thought their side wouldn’t win, or any of dozens of reasons, and left me in the human world.
But looking around the group, I could tell that meant I was the last dodo and even more as I caught thoughts about how powerful I would be.
That worried me. A lot. I licked my lips and focused on the headmaster. “You said there are rules? I assume everyone here works for the school and is bound by confidentiality laws?”
He smirked at me, nodding. “Yes, they are.”
I flinched, several people cursing in their heads. Oh, those assholes wanted to be the ones to announce the last fairy was found or whatever other crazy. I stared each of them down.
“You will tell no one. Not one person. Not a wife, not a child, not even write it down. My business is not your business. You’re part of the school so you found out, but you will not so much as whisper what I am.”
“We can’t just—” the vamp tried to argue.
“You can and will or I will collect a life debt,” I snapped. “You would endanger my life by telling people, since one of the fucking school board at what seems a respectable college thought breeding me was the correct answer here.
“So I’m not trusting your world is free from bad people just like the human world.” I gave them a moment to sit with that. “If it gets out, I will come to everyone in this room.
“If it gets out, I’ll ask each of you if you told and I will hear the truth. I will collect that debt but maybe not from you.
“Maybe I’ll take a child, a partner, a loved one, and let you deal with you being the reason they’re gone. That is a life debt; you ruin or risk my life and I will take one from yours.”
“Well, she’s clearly a fairy with the ‘debt’ stuff,” someone drawled.
I focused on the headmaster, who seemed amused with what I said or just me.
“Fairies are known for balance, with nature and fairness. ‘An eye for an eye’ came from fairies and they never let a debt go,” he explained. “But they were fair and outlined exactly the cost of a transgression as you just did.” He smiled when I snorted. “Hit the nail on the head?”
“In more ways than you know,” I admitted, rubbing my tired neck. “So what’s next?”
“I agree that not everyone here needs to know what happened tonight, but I do,” he declared after a moment, gesturing to the knife in the back of Ronald’s chair. “You are the last and important, but I’m in charge of keeping everyone here safe.”
“That’s fair,” I accepted after a moment, understanding we were at the negotiating part. “I do have to handle a few things.”
I held up my hand to stave off arguments.
“Send someone to escort me, it’s fine, I’m not running.” I looked at the falcon. “I’m not running. I get this is important but I had a life and people who would start a lot of crap if I just fell off the planet, believe me.”
“She’s not told one lie,” she told the headmaster. “She’s being completely honest.”
I nodded. “You’ve given me no reason to lie.” I decided to handle something else after pointing to the knife. “I’ve never started a fight. I’m not a bully, I don’t get my kicks going after people, and I’m incredibly violent, but only when provoked.” I gestured towards Ronald as if to say, do you blame me?
She snorted. Yeah, sounded fair.
“Fine,” the headmaster granted. “But yes, an escort who can handle any problems.” He gestured over to Mr. Sexy Emerald Eyes. “This is Dr. Julian Craftsman, one of our professors and, as you experienced, incredibly handy in a pinch.”
That was one way to put him.
“Go with him and handle what you need to but quickly, as you put out a large energy output and that attracts eyes. As you said, we are a respectable college, top tier even, but there are others that aren’t. There are others who are very ‘bad people’ and they would be thrilled to catch the last fairy.”
I sighed, nodding. Yeah, I got this was partly protective custody now too.
The headmaster turned to the woman he’d waved over earlier. “We need to contact the lawyer who—”
“How expensive was the crystal?” I asked, picking up I was about to be in trouble.
The headmaster waved me off. “It’s fine. We knew the risk.” He sighed as he focused on me. “Before the fairies left, they entrusted a dragon lawyer with all their assets. He’s kept them in trust until any fairy resurfaces. One has and it’s the order across our world that he be contacted if one is found.”
I blew a raspberry. “Oh boy. This is going to be quite the rabbit hole, huh?” I bit back a groan when he gave me a sympathetic look. “So I’ll be able to afford this fancy university, I take it then?”
Several people exchanged looks and burst out laughing. Got it—so fairies were either a wealthy sort of people or there were enough of them that all their assets amounted to a lot.
Awesome but terrifying.
I blinked at the vampire, his voice practically echoing in my head he was so wound up. “Which property?”
He flinched but didn’t fall for it, narrowing his eyes at me, understanding I heard.
I smirked at him. “Don’t even think about it. You won’t be able to make some grab, now that the guy will unlock whatever. It won’t happen. I’ll clearly see you coming.”
He rolled his eyes at me.
“Who was it?” He didn’t think it but I nodded like he did. “Got it. Yeah, I’ll just make sure that property is…” I trailed off as he thought it and the name.
He cursed under his breath, his mind racing.
I rolled my eyes. The moment you told someone not to think of something, it was instantly what was on their mind. It was human nature… Or the nature of people, it seemed, not just humans.
“Dude, I don’t care. Don’t get all bent out of shape and start shit for something like that.” I chuckled when his eyes went wide.
Yes, I knew what he was trying to hide and it was bad but not bad enough to risk shit with someone on the school board who clearly had influence.
“So you screwed some guy out of money when the guy was being a douche? So what?”
“That’s what he’s worried about?” Ronald asked but I didn’t answer, careful not to look at the falcon either. I kept focused on the vampire.
“Are you killing people and hiding bodies?” I nodded when I heard in his mind the answer was no. “Then I don’t care. The guy was a douche. Good for you.” I made sure what I was saying was in my gaze. “I’m not looking to make an enemy of you so don’t make one of me. I’m fairly certain the statute of limitations is up on that and I don’t care.”
“I understand,” he muttered, his thoughts telling me he accepted that and believed me.
Good. I had enough shit piling up in a matter of minutes.
“I have one last non-negotiable issue,” I told the headmaster, bouncing my head around. “Well, two. At least for now.”
He raised an eyebrow at me and I only smiled.
“I need whatever freshman permission to park my ride here as I’m not coming here without a way to flee if anyone pulls crazy on me. And I’m not giving up my weapons. Not happening after being abducted here.”
He sighed, nodding.
I winced. “And I might need a tutor.”
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After finishing up some business and returning with the professor to the campus, Tamsin crashes in her new dorm room. She’s awakened the next morning, early, by her tutor, Darby. Who proceeds to tell her the plan for the day. But first breakfast and a bit of drama from someone who wants Darby as her tutor so he can do her work for her. Darby is a scholarship student and they pay their way by tutoring and any other job they are told to do.
I really love the way Tamsin puts everyone in their place, pretty much immediately. This continues as the book progresses and the bullies just keep coming.
We meet a lot of people in this book, so here’s just a glimpse. Darby is a vampire, then Izzy, her roommate is a witch. Her best friend Mel from the human world turns out to be a dragon and a well known one at that. She has a thing for Dr. Craftsman and also a dragon Hudson Vogel. She also refuses to say what she is, this is for her protection but others seriously want to know.
The things she inherits being the last fairy make her transition a bit easier but the power bursts and telepathy are both problems for her.
Plenty of laughs, snark, and some sizzling scenes as Tamsin starts forming relationships.
I can’t wait to start the next book in this series.
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Erin is a born Chicagoan who decided to state hop a bit, given she works from home. She currently resides in Georgia with her pup, Lord Vader Flynn. With an eclectic and addictive personality, there isn’t much that doesn’t interest her or she won’t pour herself into if it catches her fancy. She has always been interested in the darker aspects of life and mythologies—especially vampires, shifters, the occult, and anything paranormal.
To date, she has published more paranormal books than she can keep up with the characters for, in different genres with dedicated readers who await each release to her numerous series under any of the three Flynn names she writes.