The story of a demon king trapped by an enchantress for her wanton purposes—and the scorching aftermath that follows when he turns the tables and claims her as his captive.
Sabine, Sorceress of Illusions: the evil beauty who surrenders her body, but not her heart.
Rydstrom Woede: the ruthless warrior who vows to keep her at all costs.
They were never supposed to want each other this much…
With each smoldering encounter, their shared hunger only increases. If they can defeat the sinister enemy that stands between them, will Sabine make the ultimate sacrifice for her demon? Or will the proud king lay down his crown and arms to save his sorceress?
Well, it’s been a while since I’ve been reading and reviewing these books. This is a series that I come back to time and time again. But this is my first time reviewing them. I started this re-read back in 2014. It’s taken me time to get where I am. Mostly because the thought of reviewing these books is kind of daunting to me.
There’s only so many times I can rave about the world, and the plotting, and the faultless timeline. I don’t know how to continue to say that Kresley Cole writes some of the most anti-hero heroes…ever.
I think I said once before that this is the grim-dark of paranormal romance. And I think it still is. These characters go through some things! Often at the hands of their mate. Things that I would never have been able to predict myself forgiving.
Who knew that I’d root for characters that took each other prisoner. Characters that tormented each other, lied, mistrusted, and vowed revenge on the other? How does she do this to me??
Okay, so most of the characters we’ve met so far – and I think fans – love Rydstrom. He’s honorable, steady, and absolutely, without fail, logical. So when he meets a sorceress that pushes all his buttons making him lose control – it’s no wonder he falls in love.
Rydstrom has never been my end-all, be-all favorite. I liked him, don’t get me wrong. But it wasn’t until his book that I came to appreciate him much more. He’s much more complex than we’ve been led to believe.
For me, Sabine was the instant love of mine in this book. She was categorically out for her own (and her sister’s) self-interest. That’s what mattered. And she would do absolutely anything to ensure their life, security, and happiness. She believed everyone was the same, at the core, and had no problem being ruthless at every turn.
I adore her. She’s never needlessly cruel, but she doesn’t bemoan the fact that she may have to hurt other beings to ensure her own safety or security. She’s not going to have a crisis of consciousness over it. It’s, quite simply, refreshing.
She is the reason that I love this book so much. Because she’s also not reformed by the end. She’s still who she is, just also in love with Rydstrom.
And that is the perfect HEA for me.