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The Fire Lord's Lover (The Elven Lords Book 1) Kindle Edition
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In an alternate universe during the middle ages, England endures the reign of Elven Lords---powerful and magical beings from Elfhame who entered the human realm seeking war and even more power. Unable to return home, they decided to make themselves comfortable in the human world, acquiring slaves and servants to maintain their palaces and lands. While stunningly beautiful, these humanoid creatures are evil and self-serving---mating with humans solely to produce formidable champion warriors.
Most English citizens comply out of fear; however there is the Rebellion, a large number of people secretly working together to put an end to their tyranny. Lady Cassandra is one of them. She is a secret assassin raised to be the wife of General Dominic Raikes, the champion son of Imperial Elven Lord Mor'ded. They are to produce a new champion for Mor'ded, giving her a perfect opportunity to infiltrate his court and assassinate him. On the flip side, Dominic works hard to conceal his growing power from his father. Of course nothing goes as planned for neither Cassandra nor Dominic as they try to fight their growing feelings for one another. But they soon learn that Mor'ded is way too ruthless and powerful for either of them to take down alone.
I have totally fallen in love with Ms. Kennedy's world and her characters. Next to vampires, elves and fae are a not too distant second as my favorite supernatural species. I love love LOVE her imagery! I truly looked forward to any scene where magic was involved because she makes it very intriguing and fun. I adored Dominic and Cassandra and their evolving relationship over the course of the book. While it follows a similar pattern of other romances, it doesn't feel cliche so I really invested in this part of the story. It's really fresh...or as fresh as you can expect for a historical setting. I've read many a love scene in my large library of books, but this novel contains a scene that is probably up there with my all-time favorites. It's super tasteful, magical, and well-placed while remaining really hott.
I never tired of any of the characters or the story which is a testament to Ms. Kennedy's writing ability. It's just the right length, so the story doesn't drag. Usually towards the middle of a book I will get bored, but for this book the middle is my favorite part, keeping me the most engaged.
I'm a little concerned about the mixed reviews for the second book, but I will give it a chance. It is an ongoing series. I'm super disappointed that the next book won't center on Dominic and Cassandra, but I will give it a chance because the world building is as good as it gets. Another one that I highly recommend, and for $1.99 you have nothing to lose...or at least not a whole lot.
Dominic Raikes is the bastard son of the fire Lord and his father's champion in war games the elves play to keep boredom away.
He is destined to marry Casssandra and breed the next champion.
However, the Rebellion has recruted and trained Cassandra to assassinate her father-in-law.
I liked this book. Mrs Kennedy does a nice job of mixing historical England, with its Kings and court life with fantasy. Both characters fall in love rather quickly. They both struggle to reconcile feelings with what they feel is their mission.
It's not as good as Tolkien or Jane Austen. Still, the novel is a pleasant light reading, perfect for a rainy afternoon.
I do agree that a little more oomph resulting in a longer story would have helped this book move from interesting to fascinating and more twists and turns in the plot would be even more fun!
This is my introduction to Kathryne Kennedy's writing and I'll be picking up more of her books. Apparently this one isn't as good (according to some reviewers) so I have a real treat waiting for me!