How I’ve waited for this story! It starts with a prequel that takes us back to events in the first book, and we experience it from Gen’s point of view with a bit of Gareth’s. I really enjoyed seeing that. It re-hooked me into the beautiful plot that Ms. Bell has crafted with intricate detail. That detail is so obvious because I was able to see how little things from before lead to so much more, and how intertwined this series is. She gives enough back story that I think it could be read as a stand-alone but I truly believe that the main story arc is best enjoyed while reading the whole series.
Gareth is lonely and ready for a mate, he knows that mate is Gen, but Gen has disappeared while she hunts down her evil brothers. I loved that Gareth knows he loves Gen, and is willing to do just about anything to make her his queen. I also really adored Gareth as the wizard’s king because he is willing and ready to change the way the program works when they won’t accept his mate. It shows just how deep his love for Gen is.
Gen has a job as a Hecate’s Own, her whole job is to serve the Goddess Hecate, and she isn’t sure if that and being Gareth’s queen consort are two jobs that really mesh together. Gen is a strong, capable and independent heroine who kicks butt and takes names in her own right. The fact that she is willing and able to drop everything for the man she loves, just makes her a real character to me.
The plot and the action are well paced and the story builds beautifully and hints at the next book in series, when I’m sure the main story arc will finally be wrapped up. The plot does advance in this story, and there are hints that the magic world will be changing in the future, and I look forward to it.
I cannot recommend this book or series more. I find myself enjoying the rituals and different ways that the different sects of magic users perform magic. It’s intricate and beautiful which shows that a lot of time and thought has gone into building this world. I will be waiting anxiously for the next book.
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