Author: Evi Asher
Length: novel 109 pgs
Genres: Romance, Fantasy
TBR Reviewer: Jean
Rating: 3 Stars - A good read
Heat: 3 - blushworthy
"Come with me, my love; To the sea...the sea of love..."
Marina, heir to the throne of the water fae, hides from her heritage behind the shelves of her magic shop. The Court of the water fae at the bottom of the ocean is the last place she ever wants to see again, and for good reason. Saul is an ancient mage who believes his one true love was lost to him long ago and is now head of the Echelon, a peacekeeping force that protects humans from otherworldly harm. To solve his latest case he needs help from the current Queen of the Water Fae, and knows that Marina is his ticket to get there. What he doesn't know is why she refuses to return to her realm or just how much Marina is secretly attracted to him. But an immortal magus like Saul has more than a few tricks up his sleeve and manages to maneuver them both to the underwater kingdom in spite of Marina's objections. When her motives are revealed Saul discovers just how much he desires her too, and when he nearly loses her, finally learns the meaning of a witch's prophecy he has suffered under for centuries.
I liked Marina and Saul as characters, both of them having guarded pasts and finding ways to cope in the modern world so as to deny their true destinies. I love clever dialogue, and this pair's witty, barbed discourse throughout the story is most entertaining. I get a kick out of the water-referenced names given to Marina's friends and family, like Lorelei, Manta, Ray, Marlin, Oyster, etc. However, in this Book 3 of the Echelon series, we do not see any action or resolution to Saul's mission which is the whole purpose in his visit to the Water Fae world to begin with. Similarly, there are also a few loose threads in the story that lend themselves to explanation in future installments of the Echelon series, but the conclusion of At the End of the Rainbow doesn't really leave the reader excited to get to the next book to find out. More of a "cliffhanger" ending here might have done the trick...since tricks are what mages and immortals are best at!