I’ve been so excited for this book since I read the last in the series.
Meira Amon is the most reserved of the phoenixes, finding computers easier to deal with than people and their messy emotions. But she wants revenge against the Rotting King Pytheios for the murder of her parents just as much as her sisters. Offering herself as a queen for their ally, dragon shifter King Gorgon of the Black Clan, only makes sense.
Just one problem…
Samael Veles worked his lowborn ass off to become the fiercest warrior of the Black Clan. He has pledged his life to protect his king at all costs. Yet somehow, in the middle of war, he took one look at a woman in a reflection and gave up his heart. When that woman turns out to be the phoenix promised to mate his king and help bring peace to their kind, he has no choice but to accept it.
Until her fire unexpectedly destroys the king after they’ve wed. Now Samael must choose between his loyalty to his clan and protecting the queen who might be his mate from his people’s wrath, one of which will unlock a destiny no one could have ever imagined…
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Well, I had a feeling at the end of the last book that this one was going to be pretty interesting from the start and I was right, there is a lot of tension as soon as we dive in especially with the forbidden love angle of the story and the action kicks off pretty much straight away. I was really in the mood for this book I know from reading the other books in the series that Abigail Owen’s books are entertaining and easy reading, a bit of romance, a lot of action and usually some fiery characters, this was no exception although a little different to the two books before it.
Mainly that is to do with the characters, Meira is very different to her sisters more reserved, less inclined to be fiery, still stubborn but not with the same attitude, she has made her choice of mate as a political bargain rather than for love or fate, she’s more considered than reactive. I quite liked that there was such a pronounced difference between her and Kasia and Skylar, it meant I wasn’t as sure of what to expect from her. Samael was also a very guarded character, constantly struggling with how he feels against what his duty is, I felt sorry for him in the first section of the book and for the first time wondered if perhaps there wouldn’t be such a happy ending to this story, but the author always seems to have a couple of aces up her sleeve.
There was one little thing about this story that did wind me up a little, there is something that happens (which was brilliant and I didn’t see it coming) but every character after what happens doesn’t seem to question when this was set into motion, and this has a big effect on what happens between Meira and Samael. So there was a lot of Sam’s inner conflict that I was confused over because not once did he seem to ponder the timing which surely is what someone in his position would do, and this is the thought that kept coming up in my head any time what happened was thought of or spoken about by the characters.
That aside there were so many parts to this story that I didn’t expect obviously I don’t want to spoil anything but I really enjoyed the suspense of what might happen next, there was definitely a lot more action in this book and it has me desperate to know how things are going to turn out with the Red King because he kind of seems undefeatable at this point. Also, I did get very emotional at the end of this book, which I didn’t think would happen, each story things get a little tougher for the characters and there were a few things that happened that hit me hard too, I’m pretty sure the next book is going to end up an emotional rollercoaster.
True to form there is a hint of what’s in store next and I think this will make for the tensest story yet, I’m excited about it already.
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