Listen free for 30 days

  • The Moonfire Bride

  • Of Candlelight and Shadows, Book 1
  • By: Sylvia Mercedes
  • Narrated by: Emily Lawrence
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
£7.99/month after 30 days. Renews automatically. See here for eligibility.
The Moonfire Bride cover art

The Moonfire Bride

By: Sylvia Mercedes
Narrated by: Emily Lawrence
Try for £0.00

£7.99/month after 30 days. Renews automatically. See here for eligibility.

Buy Now for £32.09

Buy Now for £32.09

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

Hers is a life without magic or romance. Until the night he whispers her name.

For years, Valera has worked weary hours as a seamstress just to keep food on the table. She would give her all to protect her little sister from the cruelties of the world, and the tantalizing lure of the fae forest. One day, she fears, the fae will spirit her sister away, and how can Valera hope to stop them?

Then the fae come. Not for her sister...but for her. Trapped in a magnificent palace far from her own world, Valera finds herself the unwilling bride of an enigmatic fae lord. He claims he won’t harm her and vows to return her home after a year and a day if she honors one rule: She must never see his face.

Determined to return to her sister at all costs, Valera struggles to unravel the mystery of her so-called husband. Why does he so desperately need a wife? And why her specifically? Torn between love, duty, and the unexpected freedom she finds in this strange new world, Valera must fight to find her place.

But will a burgeoning passion for the unseen figure in the shadows be her undoing?

©2021 Sylvia Mercedes (P)2021 Podium Audio

Critic reviews

"Enthralling! This stolen bride fantasy hits all the right notes for me. Delightful, addictive, and utterly perfect." (USA Today best-selling author Sarah K.L. Wilson)

What listeners say about The Moonfire Bride

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    4
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1
Performance
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    3
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    3
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

very enjoyable

A very enjoyable Beauty and the Beast style book. Well narrated, would like to listen to more like this.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent first book!!

I've never read a book by Sylvia Mercedes and all I can say is, I'm thrilled that I started with this book and audio!!

It starts off at a gentle pace, where we get to know about Valera and Brielle, including the life they're subjected to.

We're very soon introduced to Erolas, as a shadow, watching Valeria and asking her name. Before she knows it the Ward Witch Mother Ulla is grabbing her and starts ranting about elves and marriage.

Well one thing leads to another and she wakes up in Orican, as the new Lady Dymeria, and oh boy, she really does not take to this too well!!

And that's where things don't work out the way Erolas was hoping. Soon the bad guy....or in this case, woman.....comes in and everything goes to hell!!

The narrator for this book is a lady, again I've never come across before, called Emily Lawrence and all I can say here is........

She's good!! I mean really good!!

She has a great range of voices for different characters and let's be honest, that's what you look for in a narrator. I certainly loved the voice she did for Erolas.

So the all important question is, would I recommend both the book and audio??

Absolutely, without a doubt, get to it and buy both. There's nothing better than listening to the book as you're reading!!

Anyway I'm off now to read the second book, The Sunfire King, so toodles guys 🙋🙋

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A adult Fairytale

Love this Story, same it been poorly rated. Love that she and the Fae Lord is slow budding romance with a Heroin Adventure. Look forward with next book.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for CCW
  • CCW
  • 25-11-21

Some reviewers didn’t finish the book!

I almost didn’t listen to this because of the bad reviews others have left, but had faith in the author. Now that I’ve finished it, I don’t think those people finished it.

First, 2 of 3 top reviews say it’s based upon the White Bear King Valemon, and although I don’t know that book, I do know the centuries old fairytale that is at the root of this (and that possibly also shares its roots with Beauty and the Beast). The point though is that many, many books out there today are based upon or borrow from other books - consider the countless Pride and Prejudice rewrites, and those don’t even try to create whole new worlds and characters like this one does. So, don’t dismiss this great read just because of that.

Second, one reviewer says it doesn’t have a happy ending - uh, it says it’s book 1! That should be a big hint that it’s going to have a cliffhanger ending. (The next book is out, too. Waiting for the download as I type this.)

Another reviewer talks about flesh growing on bones…not sure if she means that literally or figuratively, but there is nothing like that in the book.

Now that those falsities are addressed…

There was one comment about the character being a childish brat…that one I really don’t think finished the book, but I know where it comes from. The character is actually likable at the beginning, but when she first goes to the Fae realm she is a rather annoying for a couple of chapters - but have faith! It did take me a few days to get past that part because the character was suddenly very annoying, but as she hadn’t been annoying at the start of the book I recognized it as the author’s way of expressing her emotional state at the situation she found herself in, understandably. But after a few chapters she does adjust to her situation and starts to make friends and begins to find happiness there. She also starts to see the positives in the guy. Of course it’s not a smooth course or the story would be boring and people would complain about that instead.

The story is quite good and original setting and characters, even if based upon an old fairytale. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is for that difficult few chapters. I wish the author had written that a little differently, so it wasn’t tempting to give up on the book. But I’m glad I kept going and am looking forward to book 2.

The narration was good. Not the absolute best ever (not a 5 star), but nothing wrong either (a 4 star performance).

13 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Hilde Isaksen
  • Hilde Isaksen
  • 18-10-21

Wow what a banging end at this book

So i loved thos book if the author has used the bones of kvitebjørn kong valemon for this. I must admit i love it how the bones grows flesh and a heart as the book goes on. Its not a lightning bolt romance its a slow burn till the end. And the narraitor was lovely at this point in my head she is the voice of valera. Five star remark from me on all marks. Great job sylvia mercedes

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for JennyBunny
  • JennyBunny
  • 05-11-21

incredibly stupid girl that gets even worse

I kept listening to this because it has a lot of interesting elements and I was hoping it would finally get better. Spoiler. This girl acts like a childish brat the entire book. It's yet another "I'm angry and I don't trust you, but your hot and I like you". Ugh so old. Worse. This chick never lets up, never gives this guy a break, then she ruins his life. Stupid Stupid Story. Oh no happy ending by the way.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Memeke
  • Memeke
  • 09-12-21

Frustrating so Why Did I Keep Listening?

So, have you ever read one of those books that made you so frustrated that you just don't understand how in the world you're still reading it? Yeah...that book for me is "The Moonfire Bride."

1. Our protagonist is okay. I like her, but she is the main reason why I am very, very, very frustrated with this book. She's portrayed as a forgiving character who is fiercely loyal even to those who don't deserve it (ehem, her crappy dad.) And yet none of this applies with Erolas. No matter what he does, she is suspicious and cruel to him. (Yes, I know that he kidnapped her, but there are circumstances and there's room to at least be cordial.)
2. There's some world-building at the beginning. (I think our protag is the daughter of Rapunzel?!) But then we're stuck in an empty house with housekeepers who don't even speak our protag's language. It just feels so empty. And when it feels empty, our protag's grumpy, mean, and distrustful nature is even more apparent,
3. I listened to this with my wife. never have we yelled at the car speakers as we did with this novel "Velera, just get it together! OMG, just be nice! We know you can at least be nice!!"
4. Even the reason why Erolas is a shadow is never fully explained, just fragmented thoughts.

So, why DID we keep reading? Well--for the potential. What's outside the mansion? CAN Velera and Erolas actually be a good couple? Yeah, we're going to listen to the second book just so we can sate our curiosity. And Erolas is a cinnamon roll who deserves only the best.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for KittyKat
  • KittyKat
  • 27-01-23

One of the best audiobooks I have heard

Extraordinary fantasy themes and fairytale characters I have not come across to this equal before.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for rchltrrs
  • rchltrrs
  • 24-01-23

no progression or romance just sewing& cliffhanger

Very little happened in this book. I won't give anything away but it felt most of the book was inconsequential character-building and descriptions of fabric and garments. The writing gave me a vested interest in the characters but there is no payoff. The audiobook ends right as things are coming to a head. I understand leaving room for the next book in a series but this was unsatisfactory. It didn't feel like a complete story to me. Also note that if you're in it for the romance, you will be disappointed.
As for the performance, I thought the narrator was decent. She did a really good job with the male mc which is tough to nail. I feel guilty for nit-picking but I did find her voice to be a bit nasal and sometimes her delivery felt a tad melodramatic.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Seini
  • Seini
  • 31-12-22

Story drags.

Interesting characters in the beginning. But as soon as she is taken as a bride, the story drags. Personal preference; I’d condense the book. It was hard to listen to. So much inner monologue and descriptions of things that I personally feel weren’t needed.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Andra-homeschool mom
  • Andra-homeschool mom
  • 04-12-22

5* LISTEN

Another great start to a book series by Sylvia. Filled with emotion. Great narration job.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for D Leigh
  • D Leigh
  • 03-12-22

A good read

This was a very enjoyable story. I can see the different fairytales that have been used as the base and then turned intoxicating. I could not put it down or tune it off.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Shrnbar
  • Shrnbar
  • 01-12-22

NOT a ‘stand alone’ story

While one figures this book is part of a trilogy or series, I believe it’s bad form to end in a cliffhanger.

I’m not going to spoil the story. That being said, if an author writes well enough, the reader is invested in the characters, and will need to find out more-there is no cause for an unsatisfying ending.

The ending felt as if I was suddenly shoved out into the cold and had no idea how I’d arrived or what I was going to do next.

The story itself seems to be a take on Beauty and the Beast. The story wasn’t bad, however I did feel as if the main character made her emotional shift too quickly when considering the feet dragging of the first 85% of the book.

Bottom Line: It was an easy listen and I was able keep up with the storyline while driving or cleaning house.
Very little in the physical romance department-more YA.
If I can get over myself and my irritation concerning the ending, I’ll purchase and listen to book two.
I had no issues with the narration.