Why did I wait almost a year to read this. Oh wait, I didn’t read it, but I wanted to. No, I have been dying to read this series but never get around to it so I downloaded the audio book for my recent 15 hour trip to Orlando for vacation. Thirteen hours of audio and I hoped to be able to listen to the entire book. Unfortunately, it took both going and coming home to listen to it with kids in the back interrupting me. Priorities kids, lol. It took me a little bit to remember this world as I read the first book last August. Once I got past that I only had a few problems with names but other than that loved it!
Wyr Sentinel Tiago Black Eagle is a god of the sky who fell to earth as a wyr. Or this is what I thought happened.He wields the skies with thunder and lightning. Unfortunately, I don’t remember him actually using them except when his emotions got riled. Then you just saw the storms but never saw him use them against anyone. I didn’t know much about Tiago as he wasn’t in the first book as much.
Thistle “Tricks” Periwinkle is a dark fey who escaped with only her life when she was 17 to live with the wyr as their “publicist.” Here is where I got confused for a while. Everyone started calling her Niniane, which is her real name that she gave up when she went into hiding. She is the daughter of the slain dark fey king and the only surviving heir. When her uncle dies (in the first book by Dragos), she now is the next in line for the throne.
While trying to get to the dark fey delegates to prove her right to the throne, she is attacked and almost killed. Tiago is sent in to find and protect her. But their unlikely passion for each other gets in the way of the mission to protect.
There is a lot of twists and turns in this book and one thing I didn’t like about listening rather than reading was not being able to easily highlight sections I wanted to remember.
Intrigue is around every corner with the Vampyre Queen Carling offering advice and protection to Niniane. Rune and Ariel (sorry if I spelled her name wrong) also show up to help protect Niniane. Throw in a lot of intrigue on who is behind trying to eliminate Niniane, you have a vividly, intriguing story that keeps you guessing.
In the end, the story is mostly about Niniane trying to stay alive and take over her kingdom while falling in love with the deadly Tiago. Since a wyr killed the previous king, there is a lot of hatred and caution around the queen choosing a wyr for a lover.
Well, I am rambling. That is what happens when I don’t have my notes. Just take my advice and read the book. It is well worth the time and effort. The magical world Thea Harrison has created is one I want to stay in while losing myself in a good book!