One human. One immortal. Will their alliance save the kingdom, or will their forbidden love be a death sentence?– GoodReads
Amazing political-court intrigue.
And a dash of vampires.
I’m sorry, Vela Roth, but get out of my head. It’s like she took the bits I loved best about epic fantasies and romances, combined them and then just to make it a sealed deal, added vampires.
I adore stories with vampires not having their stereotypical role and in this case vampires are this highly evolved caring group that have only rarely been forced into violence and even now they keep a tenuous hold in the peace they share with the Kingdom of Tenebra as the King recalls a practically ancient -to humans- convergence for peace between Tenebra and the Hesperines (Vampire like people in this novel).
Cassia is a bastard daughter, my favorite sort of ‘royal’ character and she’s lived in fear under the King’s thumb for most of her life. I loved watching her struggles and how she’s so determined to find answers to some questions that she’s willing to grapple with that fear on a day to day basis.
Lio is young and idealistic even for a Hesperine so I loved him as well. You can see his youth and innocence in a contrast to Cassia who has had to grow up fast in many ways to survive. But he wants Cassie to do more than just exist so I loved watching his and her relationship unfold.
Pacing is slow which is why this is 4.5/5. I personally enjoyed that slow start and I mirrored the book’s pace, taking my time as I got to know the world she immersed into. However, it picks up A LOT around 50% and again my pacing of reading mirrored the book. I definitely had a harder time putting it down after that and just kept wanting to see what was going to happen next.
Roth has a great writing style and I would say she easily keeps up with my favorite high fantasy/epic fantasy authors!
Personally, I also greatly enjoyed the romance of this. It’s not often I’m a huge romance person but done a certain way (I’ve got a specific subgenre of romance I guess) and I’ll read all the romance. And it was certainly spicy at times so it wasn’t that I liked it because it was light. I liked it because the heavy romance was balanced out with heavy plotting and intrigue. It felt like it just leveled out perfectly.
Anyway, I’m clearly a fan of this book.
4.5/5 Cups of coffee from me! Thank you so much to the Author for providing an eARC in exchange for my honest opinion. This edition was published 1/26/22 so look out for it!