For centuries, the people have lived under the protection of their so-called Dark Lord. Now, with news of his death reaching the quiet village of Everdark, rumour whispers that his son, Lucias, is hunting for a mistress to beget him an heir.
Seventeen-year-old Clara doesn't put much stock in village gossip, until she finds herself forcibly taken to the Lord's fortress. Escape is not easy. She has no way out and, against a man with magic, little chance of fighting back. But the Lords are still men and the death of Lucias' father is proof that they die just the same. And yet, if Lucias dies heirless, his army will be free to terrorise the land.
Such is the goal of Lenora of Ne'ermore, an old enemy and ex-prisoner of the kingdom. She is sending a man to slaughter Lucias and, to ensure there's no chance of an heir, his mistress must die as well.
Caught between regaining her freedom or losing it for the good of the kingdom, Clara struggles to decide her path before certain death breaches the gates.
This book was so awesome! I loved the world, and yeah, the whole "basically kidnapping girls to be the ruler's mistress and mother of the next ruler" thing! Clara and Lucias were awesome to read about, and yeah that this is a series!
To be kidnapped and expected to bear the child of the guy who the kidnapping was for, yeah, not my idea of a fun time! And Clara didn't take it standing down, she kept trying to escape! But being the situation has more layers then it seemed, well, Clara had a difficult decision to make!
I really enjoyed her relationship with Lucias. He's the son of the previous Great Lord, and has now taken up the mantle of power after his dad's death. And that puts things into chaos because he doesn't have an heir. And he chose Clara to give him one. So yeah, interesting!
There were politics and power plays, and they both had to navigate and put some plays of their own in! There were some surprises, and that helped make for a really satisfying ending! And yeah that this is a series, because things are nowhere near done!
This book was really fun and enjoyable to read! I hope you guys check it out!
Author: Aldrea Alien
Series: Dark One's Mistress #1
Read: November 1st, 2016
Source: YA Bound Review Copy
Reason Why: Sounded really great, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Book!
Publisher: Thardrandian Publications
Published: October 31st 2016
Mother. Animal lover. Vampire. Fangirl.
Aldrea Alien is a New Zealand author of romantic speculative fiction of varying heat levels.
She grew up on a small farm out the back blocks of a place known as Wainuiomata alongside a menagerie of animals, who are all convinced they're just as human as the next person (especially the cats). She spent a great deal of her childhood riding horses, whilst the rest of her time was consumed with reading every fantasy book she could get her hands on and concocting ideas about a little planet known as Thardrandia. This would prove to be the start of The Rogue King Saga as, come her twelfth year, she discovered there was a book inside her.
Aldrea now lives in Upper Hutt, on yet another small farm with a less hectic, but still egotistical, group of animals (cats will be cats). She still hasn't yet found an off switch to give her an ounce of peace from the characters plaguing her mind, a list that grows bigger every year with all of them clamouring for her to tell their story first. It's a lot of people for one head.
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