"He has been taken. And you are his only chance."
When Jan's boyfriend Tyler disappears for several days, she's worried. And then she's angry.
Then two strangers rescue her from a violent attack by creatures out of legend, and tell her that Tyler didn't abandon her — he was stolen away to the fairy court. And Jan's his only chance to come home.
But her rescuers aren't human either, and they have their own secrets….
"You can always count on (the) gifted Gilman to deliver richly layered fantasy filled with winning characters and well-defined worlds, and she doesn't disappoint with HEART OF BRIAR. (A) terrific series starter." ♦♦♦♦ (4 stars) – RT Reviews
"[Readers] will be seduced and enthralled by Gilman's metaphysical thriller about wicked elves, shape-shifting supernaturals and portals to another dimension….melds magic with mayhem for a tale of bravery, friendship and devotion." – Publishers Weekly
"Calling this story a retelling of Tam Lin doesn't do it justice. Gilman has taken the bones of that fairy tale and reassembled it entirely, restrung with strength and ferocity and drive outside that pale relationship between a woman and her lost lover. Jan's journey starts to find Tyler, but ultimately she finds so much more. Another world, a war, and a strength and bravery she never realized existed." – All Things Urban Fantasy
Fans and skeptics of the occult will be seduced and enthralled by Gilman's metaphysical thriller about wicked elves, shape-shifting supernaturals and portals to another dimension. A fable of good versus evil, Gilman's inspired fantasy is poised between two worlds: Human, whose denizens are unaware they are being invaded; and Preternatural, whose elf inhabitants, called preters, are infiltrating our world. Evil elf preters are coming to America to lure and steal clueless humans through a portal hidden in a big-city alleyway. Computer programmer Jan becomes worried when her quality assurance tech-head boyfriend, Tyler, vanishes. With help from werewolves, bansidhes, kelpies and trolls a mysterious team of elf enemies, yet not completely trustworthy Jan follows Tyler's cyber bread crumbs, learning that a demented, sensuous, supercharged preter has beguiled and stolen her boyfriend via an internet dating site. Stjerne has taken Tyler to Elfland through the portal, where he has become her lover, pet and unwitting informant of all things human. Angry at his betrayal, yet worried he will be brain-drained by the preter, Jan teams up with a waterhorse kelpie, named Martin, and his cohorts to find the portal, bring back Tyler and save the world from conquering preters. Gilman (Dragon Justice) melds magic with mayhem for a tale of bravery, friendship and devotion.