- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 45 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Harlequin Books S.A.
- Audible.com Release Date: November 3, 2011
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00633YM1Q
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Lord of Rage: Royal House of Shadows, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Osborn and his brothers are the last of the Ursa people, with Osborn being the last to become a berserker warrior. When the males reach a certain age they're taken to their sacred bear lands to confront a bear. One will die. If the human lives, the bear spirit becomes part of them. And when the bear pelt is worn they become fierce fighters who are not easily defeated. After making many choices that he regrets in order to raise his younger brothers, the three of them build a cabin on the sacred grounds to live.
During the siege of the Elden castle, the king and queen used the last of their power to send their children away with two commands. Survive and Avenge. Breena is sent to the Ursan bear lands, though she doesn't know it at the time. When she stumbles along their cabin the story goes sort of "Goldie Locks and the Three Bears." Which I'm not sure how I felt about. I don't know if was more simply silly or whimsical. They know each other pretty much immediately from their dreams, but Osborn fights to control himself around Breena. Her confusion on so many things doesn't help much. But she becomes a girl one would not think to be a princess and that makes her a much more rounded person with skills and determination. Though I can't say that much happens, I often found myself smiling. Osborn's just simply hot a lot of the time. Forceful and controlling is such a turn on sometimes. For most of the time Breena was with him, she only has bits and pieces of her memory to go on for what had happened. Then one night her memory returns. And soon after their relationship changes. Osborn has blamed her family for the destruction of his people since it happened and had been seething with the desire to destroy them. Finding out his woman is their princess was not what he expected. Upon hearing talk of the Elden's forming a resistance, Breena and Osborn go off to get there. Though he intends to walk away from her, he comes back. Probably a good thing too as all at the camp was not what it appeared to be. Together they take down the immediate threat and walk off to marry under the stars.
The premise of the series is about an evil sorcerer that has killed the king and queen of the magical world, Elden. Before the King and Queen died, they used their combined magic to cast a spell upon their 4 children to save them. The king filled them with a burning need for vengeance; while the queen cast them from the castle to safety.
Breena is the second eldest child of the King and Queen of Elden. Being the only daughter and the princess of the castle, Breena lived a very sheltered life. She was protected from all of the violence and from men. Breena was to have an arranged marriage to a man of her father's choosing. The few things she knew of life outside the castle, she learned from her three brothers. Breena dreams of a warrior every night while she sleeps and she yearns to feel loved and touched by her warrior. After the spell her parents cast to save her and her brothers lives, Breena finds herself alone in the woods. She comes upon a cabin and goes inside to find shelter and food.
Osborn lives in solitary and trusts no one. Osborn is a berserker and he has the spirit of ber within him. He is raising his two younger brothers alone after his family and all of their village were slaughtered. Osborn and his brothers are now the last Berserkers know to exist and live in seclusion. The vampires that attacked his village wore the colors of Elden soldiers so Osborn hates everything and everyone from Elden and wants revenge. He dreams of a beautiful woman at night that makes him feel content and things he has never felt before. While out hunting one day, Osborn and his two brothers return home to find Breena, asleep in Osborn's bed. Osborn immediately realizes that this is the woman he's been dreaming of, and while he yearns for her, he does not trust her. He thinks Breena has manipulated his feelings in the dreams. Breena tells him what little she remembers of what happened to her and tells him she needs a warrior to help her reclaim her home. While Osborn wants to help her, he refuses to put his brothers lives on the line and bring danger to their doorstep.
I really enjoyed the relationship between Osborn and Breena. It was about Osborn letting himself trust what was happening between he and Breena. Breena struck a deal with Osborn for him to train her how to fight and protect herself since he was not willing to be her warrior. While Breena once lived the life of a sheltered princess, she became a true warrior princess. She fought to reclaim her memories and she fought to gain Osborn's love and trust, as well as kick some bad guy ass. Osborn was every bit the tortured hero. He had a hard time letting go of his painful past and seeing what could be between him and Breena. While they both wanted each other and felt a deep connection to the other, their relationship had a slow buildup.
Another part I loved about this book was Osborn's younger brothers. Osborn kept them sheltered and protected and did not like to speak of their family. They were two well mannered and sweet young men who were curious for any information or stories Osborn would give them about their people and their past. They loved having Breena around and they told Osborn they "wanted to keep her." Breena also taught Osborn to be more open with his brothers as the book went along and that he needed to teach them and train them in the way of the Berserkers.
This is my favorite book in the series so far. I cannot wait for Breena to finally be reunited with her three brothers and for the final showdown with the Blood Sorcerer to go down.