I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Author: Jill Myles
Published: June 30,2015 by Alloy Entertainment
Pages: 287(give or take)
For one hundred years, Seri’s people have lived under the thumb of the Blood, the cruel and mysterious rulers of Athon. Seri wants nothing more than to put food on the table and marry the hotheaded but handsome Rilen come spring. But when a noblewoman asks Seri to be her handmaiden, Rilen insists she move to the enemy’s castle . . . and spy on the newly arrived prince.
After a century, Prince Graeme has grown weary of his family’s curse. The Blood are powerful, but doomed to live in the shadows, flitting from lover to lover, always in search of the mythic Eterna—the one woman who will sate their hunger. Now his father has sent him to the outskirts of the empire to stamp out a rebellious Vidari faction. But when a wild and alluring Vidari girl shows up at court, he finds himself torn between following his father’s orders and following his heart . . .
A war is brewing between Athonite and Vidari, between Blood and man. As uprisings sweep through the land, Seri and Graeme find themselves at the center of a storm with only one choice: betray each other, or betray their people.
What a interesting read. Saw this while flipping through Netgalley and I didn’t even need to be approved! LOVE IT!
This story follows Seri, a Vidari girl whose people have been conquered by the Athonites 100 years ago. A new Athonite Prince has moved into the run down castle and skirmished have put everybody on edge. All Seri cares about though is marrying her childhood sweetheart, Rilen and taking care of her sick father and blind sister. While trying to sell wares at the Night Market one of the Athonite high class lady wanted Seri as her wild and savage handmaiden to use to impress the Prince. Seri says yes because of the money but that is only when her troubles began. Meeting the prince, Seri never thought much beyond getting her money but when a white light surrounds her everything begins to change.
Things I liked:
- Seri was a great character. She started out as naive and maybe just a tad bit too much but she had spunk and a temper that I connected with really well. I was so in tuned to what she was going to say next and how she was going to act. (don’t know if that’s because it was predictable or because I just really connected with her)
- The pacing was great. No slow parts and I liked how it switched POVs when the time was right. It wasn’t throughout the whole novel where one was alternatively speaking, it was just when it was needed and I really liked that a lot.
- The backstory was really interesting and a new take on the whole vampire thing and it didn’t take away from the story. It was more of an afterthought and though I wish for more history of the Prince, it was a good start.
- The steamy scenes were awesome! 😉 *wink*
Things I didn’t like:
- I wish for more of a world setting. The descriptions were great but I wanted more about the whole world and its inhabitants.
- I felt like this could have been so much more in the sense that it felt a little rushed at the end. A second book would have been nice.