Series: The Light Blade #1
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, General, Romance
There is no mercy in the demon realm. No escape. In this place of desperation and conflict, anyone who is not purebred is virtually powerless. Until an unlikely champion is born… Annika, half-blood daughter of the Na’Reish leader, longs for more than her tormented life among her father’s people. Conceived in hatred and bred as a tool of retribution, she’s gifted with a special talent that can heal as well as destroy… Kalan is a Light Blade warrior who knows the future of humankind depends on him alone. Incursions into human territory and raids for blood-slaves by the Na’Reish horde have increased. As Chosen, leader of his people, he faces the task of stopping the demons. When Annika learns Kalan is a prisoner in her father’s dungeon, she agrees to free him in exchange for his protection. Now, marked for death for helping him, Annika must learn to trust Kalan as they journey to the border and discover a shocking truth that could throw the human race into a civil war…
Easy HEA romance with enticing world.
Thoughts on [Vengeance Born]
I used to be a no interruptions reader. I “needed” to read a book front to back to really enjoy it. I needed quiet or lyric-less music. I miss the luxury of requiring such standards. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a newish mom. My daughter will be one year old in two weeks. I’ve also moved to a new city in which I have twice the commute. All in all, no time to read a book front to back.
Reading in short bursts of an hour or less wasn’t an issue as far as connecting to this story. It was, however, very hard for me to put the book down.
I wondered while I read this book if it wasn’t written for me. Fantasy landscape with medieval tones. Strong alpha male that admires an equally strong woman. Religious back story without being preachy. Magic mixed with a touch of paranormal. All leading up to a HEA that flows perfectly into the next couple’s story. The only reason this doesn’t have a higher rating is because I liked the next two books even more.
The author did a fantastic job of slowly building the characters through conversation and switching POVs without losing me as the reader. I wasn’t fond of the third POV, however, I appreciated it more once I started the next in the series.
The landscape was detailed enough for me to have an understanding of how everything was laid out without it being over the top. I’m always a sucker for walled off cities surrounded by forests.
Prior to picking up the book, I read somewhere that a reader didn’t like all of the She and The Lady talk. Honestly, it didn’t bother me. I loved the mix between magic, religion and race.
If you give this book a try and think it’s all going to be them quietly traveling, DON’T GIVE UP! Things pick up in the second half.