Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.
I'm just trying to light up the world as much as I can one SciFi/paranormal/fantasy/space opera/time travel book at a time.
Hot damn...this book was exactly what I needed...it's exactly what you need, trust me on this one. It was so yummy that I shamelessly devoured it in one sitting, during Christmas, with relatives over, nursing a cold. Not only do I not feel guilty but I wish I could turn back the clock to Christmas morning and read it all over anew. I watched helplessly as the pages flew by, all the while willing it to last a little longer. Surely it wasn't too much to ask for it to drag on just a tiny, fraction of a bit longer? Alas, there was not to be another holiday miracle. Anyway...back to the review...The book has magic though it isn't all consuming (as if that could ever be a bad thing :-) There are beautiful prose (but not too verbose) and delectable swoon worthy moments a plenty.
"Vhalla said softly. “I want a place you hardly dare to even whisper. I want the bravery to not only read, but to do. I want a man, not a library boy. A man who is tall and witty and knows more about the world than you would ever dare dream".
The characters are rich and creamy and velvety. They are chocolatey and yummm wrapped up in yesssss please. There are no stark black and white people in this universe athough Egmun is darn close to having a nastily charred heart (if he posses one at all). Each character is a varying shade of gray, in a beautiful and undeniably imperfect human way.
“I may be a prince,” he said as his lips brushed her ear lightly. “But I would trade it all to be a common man, even if only for tonight".
I dare you to not feel the slow to boil yet hard to extinguish sexiness and allure of Prince Aldrik. This is especially true if you're the type to root for the brooding, snarky, strong, talented yet tortured, mysterious, dark phenomena amongst preening peacocks and blatant forgeries. The other Prince is charming but Aldrik is a force of nature and his chemistry with Vhalla, a pretty awesome heroine-in-the-making, is hot hot hot.
Vhalla might be a mousy bookworm in the beginning but she most definitely begins to transform (albeit begrudgingly) into a force soon-to-be reckoned with.
"She would cut away the anger, the pain, and the frustration. She’d cut and cut until she was sculpted into something better, something stronger. They wanted to kill her, so this Vhalla would die, she resolved, and a new Vhalla would be born from her ashes."
It is not only a charming Coming of Age story but a tale of metamorphosis into another being entirely. Granted, a lot of this change is going to take place in book #2, Fire Falls which is already out and beseeching you to buy it...AHEM... Just dot it you won't regret it!..Shameless I know but still the truth nonetheless. Personally I am beyond giddy about being able to gobble up book #2 on demand. Come join me. I'm excited to hear what you think