Random House Australia
ISBN : 9781742754789
Reviewed By: Kylie Calwell
Book 2 of the Lharmell series
Princess Zeraphina, is still in Pergamia at her sister’s court. She and Rodden may have defeated the Lharmellin leader but that is by no means the end of it. Her mother knows what she is but is insisting she come home to her land and make a good marriage, something she is not interested in. Instead Zeraphina prefers to travel across the sea in search of the special elements that will make it possible for her and Rodden to finally destroy the Lharmellins.
Things aren’t quite as expected when they discover the Lharmellin’s are far more active than they thought possible, it seems as though there is a new leader changing the way things are done. Rodden’s secrets become something he has to deal with and Zeraphina doesn’t think he should do that alone.
This is a variation of a vampire story. The feisty heroine has some wonderfully strong moments but unfortunately she still ends up needing to be rescued, which was a little disappointing. There were a few things that happened that seemed somewhat clichéd and part of me wanted things to be different. Rodden is a brooding hero with a dark past, and his secret is pretty dark.
The world these two have been placed in is broad but much is not developed. There were some really interesting things touched on that I would have loved to have seen more developed. At it’s core it is a blood soaked romance, if you love vampire YA romance, you will probably enjoy this.