Published by Berkley Books on Feb 7, 2012
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Format: Paperback from Purchased
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Her lineage is both a blessing and a curse...
There is no mercy in the demon realm. No escape. In this place of desperation and conflict, anyone who is not pure bred is virtually powerless. Until an unlikely champion is born...
Annika, half-blood daughter of the Na'Reish king, longs for more than a tormented life among her father's people. Conceived in hatred and bred as a tool of retribution, she's gifted with a special talent that can heal as well as destroy...
With the Na'Reish vastly outnumbering them, Kalan, a Light Blade warrior, knows the future of humankind depends on him alone. Incursions into human territory and raids for blood-slaves by the Na'Reish horde have increased. As chosen leader, he faces the task of stopping the demons—and convincing the Council of aging Light Blade warriors that change is necessary for survival.
When Annika learns Kalan is a prisoner in her father's dungeon, her dream of escape seems within reach. She agrees to free him in exchange for his protection once they reach human territory. Now, marked for death for helping him, Annika must learn to trust Kalan as they face not only the perilous journey to the border but enemies within the Council—and discover a shocking truth that could throw the human race into a civil war...
Going into this book, I was expecting a classic-style fantasy story with maybe a YA tilt. I was very wrong. This is paranormal romance, with a heavy emphasis on the romance. If I had peeked at the other covers in the series, I probably would have had a better sense of what to expect. As it was, I was caught fairly offguard.
The fantasy parts of the story were well developed. There is a sense that everything has been well planned, and a lot of the world building is portrayed without info dumping. I quite enjoyed the unique elements introduced within the Na-Chi powers.
The romance was hot and steamy. Once I got over my shock, I was able to mostly enjoy it, although there were elements of the relationships that seem to happen too fast in relation to the rest of the story.
Overall, once I understood what type of story this was, I did find it enjoyable. There is a certain element of predictably with paranormal romance stories, which this book did have, and I was able to accurately guess who the next book in the series would feature and pair, before checking out the summary. I might still pick it up though, as this did make an enjoyable rainy day read.