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REVIEW: “Brute” by Kim Fielding


Brute leads a lonely life in a world where magic is commonplace. He is seven and a half feet of ugly, and of disreputable descent. No one, including Brute, expects him to be more than a laborer. But heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and when he is maimed while rescuing a prince, Brute’s life changes abruptly. He is summoned to serve at the palace in Tellomer as a guard for a single prisoner. It sounds easy but turns out to be the challenge of his life.

Rumors say the prisoner, Gray Leynham, is a witch and a traitor. What is certain is that he has spent years in misery: blind, chained, and rendered nearly mute by an extreme stutter. And he dreams of people’s deaths—dreams that come true.

As Brute becomes accustomed to palace life and gets to know Gray, he discovers his own worth, first as a friend and a man and then as a lover. But Brute also learns heroes sometimes face difficult choices and that doing what is right can bring danger of its own.


Combine action, adventure and angst. Mix in the most loveable, unassuming anti-hero you’ve ever met. Stir in a vulnerable love interest. Sprinkle with magic. Bake at 350, and voila: you’re ready to sink your teeth into Brute.

Set in a medieval fantasy world, Brute is a story about a lonely man finding his way through the hardest of times. When Brute steps in to save an injured prince, he’s rewarded for his effort with a seemingly cushy job at the palace taking care of a mysterious prisoner named Gray. But is the job all it’s cracked up to be?

Brute is hard work, true love and redemption in human form. And though the cards are stacked against him and his prisoner-turned-lover, in time can they find a way to exist, and ultimately prosper?

This book was such a treat. It was filled with intelligent dialog and just the right amount of sexy time. The things that are so tragic about Brute’s story are also what most endear him to the reader. He’s a giant who’s been used, shunned and abused for most of his life. But he’s constantly doing good, looking out for others and searching for even the smallest of ways to make the lives of those less fortunate than him better.

Because I simply can’t say it enough: I’m such a huge fan of Kim Fielding. From PNR/shape-shifters (the Good Bones series), to contemporary (Tin Box), to fantasy (Brute), she can do no wrong.

Her tales are rich and varied. She weaves a story in such a way that the reader is pulled into the setting, willingly held captive, no, captivated in whatever world she’s created. Her settings are vivid and colorful, interesting and entertaining. Her MCs are flawed but strong, down but not out. And her supporting characters are always engaging with just the right touch of fun and funny. Fielding also expertly incorporates just the right amount of tension to carry her reader all the way to a story’s conclusion without ever giving away the ending.

Start with Fielding’s story about a lovable giant known as Brute and see where she takes you. I bet you’ll find yourself hooked on her writing just like me.



Ami – 5 stars
Susan – 4.5 stars
Shelley – 3.5 stars


16153646Title:  Brute
Author:  Kim Fielding
Publisher:  Dreamspinner
Pages: 270
Release Date:  December 3, 2012
Purchase Links:  Dreamspinner, Amazon, ARe

10 comments on “REVIEW: “Brute” by Kim Fielding

  1. ilhem3606
    December 16, 2013

    I am so fickle with this book! I bump it up and down my TBR following reviews. Up!


  2. syleegurl
    December 16, 2013

    I have to admit…it was one of my favorites this year. I just love the big lug. He’s so…sweet. I actually liked this better than Muscling Through…which is a similar feel, except that’s Contemporary and this is Fantasy. Ilhem…it may be too fluffy for you! ha!


    • ilhem3606
      December 16, 2013

      Damn. Down!


      • Jenni
        December 16, 2013

        Oh, Ilhem, it’s a great journey, full of mystery, sexy time, magic, a lovable ogre, sexy time, smart MCs who take charge of their destiny, sexy time. What more could you want? ;-) Bump it back up!


        • Sue
          December 16, 2013

          god you’re funny. :) I’m glad you pointed out the ample sexy time because, sexy time… *fistbump*


          • Jenni
            December 17, 2013

            Priorities and such, Sue. ;-)


  3. Sue
    December 16, 2013

    whoops! I forgot to say: Great review Jenni! You nailed it xx


    • Jenni
      December 17, 2013

      Thanks my dear!


  4. Sheri
    December 17, 2013

    Hmmm, I do love gentle giants…might have to give this one a go!
    Fab review my dear.


    • Jenni
      December 18, 2013

      Give it a try, or heck, any KF book for that matter! Thanks Sheri! :)


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