My rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ of 5!
Joely continues to deliver in this third instalment about our Queen, Shara. I’m absolutely floored by the amount of details and research that’s went into these books. So far, this book included, we’ve met Aztec, Celtic, Egyptian and Greek gods and as a mythology fan I continue to be happily surprised with the amount of gods we meet in this incredible world.
As a reader we’re reunited with Shara and her Blood almost right after book 2 finishes. Since Shara embraced her destiny as a vampire Queen she’s faced attacks from Thralls, opposing Queens and from one of the gods. With her nest established she’s hoping to get some downtime, however, there’s no rest when war is brewing and suddenly, time of the essence. While Shara’s power continues to grow so does her court. She keeps calling more Blood and through a great blood sacrifice she manages to grow “the Morrigan’s” grove within her nest and thus, gaining more protection.
I do feel that this title can have a double meaning because even though, Shara only gets to know one other Queen (both in the biblical sense of the word and face-to-face). Shara’s newly established nest is about to be attacked so she has to gather as much protection as possible and focus all her power on the task at hand. However, Shara keeps proving that she’s a force to be reckoned with and that she’ll do whatever it takes to keep her and her loved ones safe.
There’s so much going on, everyone has their plates full and there’s no downtime at all. Once one thing is taken care of, it’s time to move on to the next, so Shara and her Blood travels to meet with the Aztec Queen, Mayte. However, Shara quickly learns that not everything is as it seems and she’s in for a nasty surprise.
I know I keep saying it, but I can’t get enough of the character development in these books! In this third instalment Shara proves just how powerful, generous and merciful she is. She understands that a Queen’s intent is everything and that sometimes, it may be needed to omit the truth, even from the ones you ask for help. Especially in a world filled with scheming, backstabbing, politics and warfare.
This is the first time I read a book that contains any F/F action. I didn’t really have any expectations but I think that Joely nailed it. It was beautiful, erotic and it seemed to suit our Queen’s personalities which I loved.
So here’s to the former virgin Queen, may she get her Rook in the fourth book.
WARNING: This book contains detailed sex scenes with M/F, M/M, M/M/F, M/F/F/M scenes, along with a strong adult language use, so I wouldn’t recommend this series if you’re easily offended. If not, I personally think it suits the world created here, and I don’t find it cheesy or forced!
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