Seduced by Darkness
Author: Bec McMaster
What I’m Talking About:
Seduced by Darkness is a sexy novella from the amazing Dark Court Rising fantasy romance series. Even though the story is set thirteen years before the start of the first book (chronologically making it a prequel), it really should be read after the first book, Promise of Darkness. Promise of Darkness sets the stage for the entire series and has a wonderful twist that would be spoiled if you read this review and Seduced by Darkness first. You’ve been warned… spoilers for book one, ahead…
Seduced by Darkness shares the story of how Thiago and Iskvien (Vi) first meet and fall in love. Unlike the primary books in the series which are told solely from Vi’s, this novella alternates between the first person POVs of Thiago and Vi, allowing readers to fully understand what drives Thiago and the depths of his feelings for Vi. It also allows readers to get a glimpse of relationship Thiago has with the Darkness within.
While I already know the outcome stemming from this queensmoot celebration, I rather enjoyed watching Vi and Thiago meet and how they came to fall in love so quickly. I appreciate that Vi is tentative but determined; how she isn’t a victim of circumstance, but rather makes her own choices. Readers also learn that Vi’s relationship with her sister isn’t as bad as her faulty memories have her believe in Promise of Darkness.
All in all, Seduced by Darkness is a lovely treat for fans of Ms. McMaster’s series. She allows readers to enjoy the romantic, dangerous, and sexy parts of falling in love which were missing (due to the nature of the story) in the first book. Although chronologically this is a prequel, it is best enjoyed after the first book.
My Rating: B+ Liked It A Lot
About the Book:
He fell in love with the woman of his dreams, but he never realized what that love would cost him.
When a dark prince attends the Lammastide rites, he lays eyes on his fated mate.
The problem? She’s his enemy’s daughter.
Author highly recommends reading AFTER Promise of Darkness.
Release Date: February 26, 2021
Publisher: Lochaber Press Pty Ltd
Series: Dark Court Rising #1.5
Genre: Fantasy Romance, novella
Book Source: Purchased with my own funds
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