Book tour today for an amazing new book by Karen Tomlinson, courtesy of Xpresso Book Tours (who also provided a free copy of the book for my review)! Below you will find my review, purchase links, and a special giveaway of 3 ebook copies of the book.
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The Wraith Lord is hunting; his prize, the key to unleashing darkness and Chaos upon the eight Kingdoms.
For Diamond Gillon the war raging in the south seems a remote danger until her home is brutally attacked. Having lost everything she holds dear, Diamond is catapulted into a terrifying new world in which legendary beasts arise, magic is condemned and half blood fae, like her, have no rights. Despite her growing feelings for her saviour, Commander Hugo Casimir, he remains a paradox – not only is he a heartless killer, he is owned by the cruel immortal fae queen; a queen who will murder her own people for magic.
As Diamond’s circumstances become ever more perilous she is drawn deeper into Hugo’s world and discovers the lengths to which he will go to save what he holds dear. Will Hugo become her friend, her protector, or – an enemy not worthy of her trust?
A Bond of Venom and Magic is a tale of two people bound by magic and secrets, but trapped in the complexities of love and betrayal. It is the beginning of an epic journey, one that will test Diamond’s resolve and determination to battle an evil that threatens not only her world but that of Eternity, the land of The Guardians and The Goddess.
First things first - this book has perhaps the most infuriating cliffhanger I have experienced in a while. Mostly because it leaves things unresolved between the two main characters, and that is so frustrating. I sincerely hope the next book is going to be published soon, because I'm already tearing my hair out in suspense. Diamond Gillon is a half-breed, raised in a small village away from the vindictive eyes of the Queen. When the village is attacked and her father murdered, she comes under the custody of an intriguing blue-winged fae, Commander Hugo Casimir. He is charged by the Queen with bringing her any fae who has magic, and he is not allowed to mate with anyone while in the service of the Queen. Which makes things a bit problematic when his feelings for Diamond, and hers for him, are stronger than anyone anticipated. Once they are in the Queen's tower, things become tense and the fight for survival may depend entirely on Diamond finding courage and strength in the face of heartbreaking loss. Diamond was a strong character, in spite of all the adversity she faced. She didn't take crap from anyone, not even the intimidating Hugo, which was impressive. She fought for herself and her friends, and I liked seeing her get stronger as the book progressed. Hugo was, in my opinion, quite a weak character. I became frustrated with him quite a few times over his obedience towards the Queen and his callous disregard for Diamond's feelings. A lot of it seemed to be feigned for the Queen's benefit, but he never really told Diamond that, so he came across to both her and the reader as kind of an asshole. This made the ending hard for me, because this was not resolved before the book ended. I am definitely excited to read the next book so that I can find out what happens next! Karen Tomlinson executed great world building and told an amazing first part of a story, and I expect that to continue in the next book.