RSS

Tag Archives: Nora Roberts

In the Company of the Dead – Ciara Ballintyne

Synopsis:

Only a fool crosses a god, but Ellaeva and Lyram will do anything to get what they want.

Chosen as a five-year-old orphan to be the Left Hand of Death, Ellaeva has nothing to call her own—nothing except a desire to avenge her murdered parents. Her duties leave her no time to pursue the man responsible, until both her work and revenge lead to the same place—the lonely castle where Lyram Aharris is serving out his exile for striking his prince.

Lyram is third in line for the throne, and when the castle is unexpectedly besieged, he fears his prince means to remove him from contention for the crown permanently. Ellaeva’s arrival brings hope, until she reveals she has not come for the siege, but instead she hunts the castle for a hidden necromancer dedicated to the dark god of decay.

Within their stone prison, Ellaeva and Lyram must fight to save themselves from political machinations and clashing gods. But as the siege lengthens, the greatest threat comes from an unexpected quarter.

Copied from Goodreads.

Review:

So, let me start this review by saying, I do not like when a romance takes over the plot of a fantasy novel. It drives me crazy. I feel like, if this is the case, it should at least be in the synopsis so I don’t waste my time. However, this novel gave me enough action to keep going.

I absolutely loved Lyram’s story. His exile, the betrayal, the political intrigue, all were done quite well. I also loved his character. He is everything you expect of a military man, duty, honor, sacrifice. He is kind and loyal. He does let past hurts (and that’s putting it lightly) get in the way of his motivations at times, but he remains just in doing so.

I adore a strong female character, but Ellaeva fell a bit short for me. While she endures many hardships, there were times I couldn’t even feel sorry for her. She became a product of circumstance and that made her less than heroic. At times I began to feel as if she were a petulant adolescent. Or, simply, a stereotypical female. That being said, I did like her, just not as much as I had hoped. 

The one thing that stood above all else in this story (and may have brought a tear, or two, to my eye) was the profound relationships between Lyram and his advisors. These men knew the army commander and the exile and still they followed him without hesitation. They adored him and he them. 

While the entirety of this novel lays on the plot of one siege, the story flows well and has enough background to keep the reader immersed. She fleshes out the characters through examination of circumstance. I enjoyed learning about the character’s pasts while the story played out.

No Quotes, NetGalley ARC

Recommendations:

A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness

Dark Witch – Nora Roberts

Lord of Snow and Shadows – Sara Ash

Daughter of the Blood – Anne Bishop


 
Leave a comment

Posted by on June 17, 2017 in Book Reviews

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Dark Witch – Nora Roberts

darkwitch

Synopsis:

Iona Sheehan grew up never feeling like she belonged. Her parents were indifferent to her existence. She began to seek out a new life for herself, taking a trip to Ireland that will change the course of her life forever.

While spending a week in a luxurious castle, she finds two of her cousins. They invite her into their home and she soon realizes these strangers have welcomed her into their hearts. Not wanting to give that up, she decides to stay and Conner tells her of an opening at the stables next to his aviary. She is thrilled to know this because she has an ucanny knack for horses. Just as quickly, she is welcomed into the lives of the people who work at the stables. Her talent does not go unnoticed and her rugged dreamboat of a boss begins to take notice, not only of her work, but of her in general.

While Iona is thrilled to have so many people opening their lives to her, there is also a darkness that surrounds this happy union. A curse, an ancient evil that is bent on destroying her newfound family. The three will stand and fight, just as their ancestors did, and this time hope to succeed.

Review:

I may have said this before but Nora Roberts is my guilty pleasure. Her books have just the right amount of suspense and paranormal to keep me interested. I loved this book. I have recommended it to so many people. Everyone always asks me “If I want to read paranormal romances, where should I start?” I always tell them to pick up something Nora Roberts. Whether it be this or Morrigan’s Cross or many of her other series, there seems to be just that little dose of the paranormal. It’s a good start for anyone wanting to take on the genre but not be overwhelmed by the lore or back story.

Favorite Quotes:

“You can’t just hope for happy endings. You have to believe in them. Then do the work, take the risks. Slay the dragon—though I really think dragons get a bad rap—kiss the princess, or the frog, defeat the bad witch.”
Nora Roberts, Dark Witch

“What’s an adventure if you know all the steps before you take them?”
Nora Roberts, Dark Witch

“Love shouldn’t be hard.” “There I think you’re wrong. I think it should be the hardest thing there is, then it’s not so easily given away, or taken away, or just lost.”
Nora Roberts, Dark Witch

“From this day forward, she thought, this was home. One she’d make herself, for herself. This was her life, one she’d live as she wanted. If that wasn’t magick, what was?”
Nora Roberts, Dark Witch

Recommendations:

Morrigan’s Cross (Circle Trilogy, #1)  by Nora Roberts

Dark Prince (Dark, #1)  by Christine Feehan

A Girl’s Guide to Vampires (Dark Ones, #1)  by Katie MacAlister

Fantasy Lover (Dark-Hunter companion novel)  by Sherrilyn Kenyon

 
1 Comment

Posted by on November 6, 2015 in Book Reviews

 

Tags: , , , , ,