Saturday, September 24, 2011
This is book two of the "Royal House of Shadows" series.
Main Characters: Princess Breena of Elden. She is a woman who can mind speak and dream talk. Osborn is a warrior of Ursa.
We first meet Breena when in her dreams she meets a warrior. But every time she starts to dream of her warrior, and things start to get intimate, Breena wakes up. She also never sees his face. She's only ever seen his eyes. Then a family crisis occurs.
We first meet Osborn as he faces a challenge that will turn him from a child into a man. This is how the men of Ursa become a warrior. And this is where Osborn will get his power from. His first task, as a warrior, is to face the vampires that are out to kill his family and fellow villagers. But just like Breena, he faces a family tragedy.
Breena, even though not a warrior, has a fight of her own. She tries to use her magic but it fails her. Then from somewhere she gets a feeling of strength. As the story progresses we see what happens with her magic.
Our hero has a past that he isn't proud of. But isn't that one thing that we love about our romance heroes? Osborn also wages a war with himself about his wanting Breena.
Right from the beginning of the story, Jill starts building the suspense. That and seeing what's going to happen next is what keeps the reader turning the pages. Jill sends Osborn in as a knight in shining armour (or in the case of this story - bear fur). And Breena is our damsel in distress. This gives our story a fairy tale feeling.
Jill also gives our main characters an instant connection. Our hero also gets one of those stupid male moments. He made Breena leave and then immediately regrets it. Then, of course, he has to go and get her. But Jill also makes him an honorable man. He takes care of his two younger brothers.
As the story weaves through we concentrate on our two lovers. Then a misunderstanding temporarily separates them. But as in all good romances, lust wins out in the end. And we all know how good romances end.
This is a book that you hate to put down. Jill does a great job of building the anticipation as the story progresses - you can do nothing less than turn the page to see what happens next. If you enjoyed reading book one of the "Royal House of Shadows" series, you will enjoy this one as well.
You could read it by itself, but some things might not make sense if you don't read the series in order. You will also find that the "resident evil" from book one shows up in book two. I can't wait to see what book three has in store.
I give this book 4 1/2 stars.