Till Kingdom Come

There hasn’t been a book written by Evangeline Anderson that I haven’t loved. She’s pretty much a ‘must buy’ author for me, so when I saw that ‘Til Kingdom Come was up to be reviewed, I immediately requested to review it. One thing I’ve learned expect from a novel written by Ms. Anderson is the ease of being caught up in the storyline and I always become attached to her wonderful characters, but I was totally unprepared for the intense rollercoaster of emotions I felt while reading this book.
Despite the peace talk between Castle Black and Castle Rowan, the two kingdoms remain bitter enemies. Castle Rowan was ruled by Queen Alaina Trueheart. Castle Rowan was filled with magic, sorcerers and witches. Because King Ungor, ruler of Castle Black, hated anything to do with sorcery, he commanded his two sons, Baynor and Thrain to raid Castle Rowan and kill anyone who gets in there way.
Prince Thrain Blackwater was born into the royal family as the second son. Because of this, Thrain has endured years of physical, emotional and sexual abuse from his older brother and future King of Castle Black. Thrain hates his brother and father and longs for revenge.  When Thrain is ordered to raid Castle Rowan with his brother, he knows that he is destined to be with one of the Queen’s sons, Elias, who is rumored to have no magical abilities whatsoever. When he finds Prince Elias in his rooms, he knows he must claim him before his brother does, or the revenge he has against his family will be unfulfilled. This means Thrain must do the one thing that has been done repeatedly to him; he has non-consensual sex with Elias and forces him to become his bed slave.
Prince Elias Trueheart is the only person born under the Trueheart linage without the gift of magic. His mother, the Queen, has always insisted that his magic is strong and buried deep within him, but Elias has always remained doubtful about it. When Castle Rowan was raided he was shocked when Prince Thrain helped his mother escape. Although Elias is grateful to Thrain for saving his mother’s life, he is filled with conflicting emotions. He knows that Thrain had been forced to physically claim him, but Elias has a very hard time seeing past what has been done. 
Elias is kidnapped and taken to Castle Black and kept as Thrain’s bed slave. Although, Thrain has been nothing but tender and kind to him, Elias finds it hard to trust and forgive Thrain for what he has done. But, they discover an amazing secret hidden away in the dark recesses of Castle Black’s dungeon will not only unlock the magic inside Elias, but make him realize that being beside Thrain is his destiny as well.
Unfortunately, this book will not be for everyone. Thrain’s sexual abuse and the forced seduction against Elias will no doubt be too disturbing for some readers. I admit, I too wondered how I would feel about Thrain, and more importantly did I as a reader forgive him for his crime against Elias? YES, I DID.   I understood that he did what he did as a last resort to protect Elias from the brutal Baynor. Although I normally steer clear of these types of storylines, I admit that Elias and Thrain’s plight was handled well. My heart broke for them, and I felt compassion for both men.
One thing I really appreciated about Elias and Thrain’s relationship progressed throughout the book. Watching them go from bitter enemies to form a loving relationship kept me glued to my computer screen. There were times that I wanted to shake some sense into both of the heroes, because of their self-doubts and the lack of communication between them. But, I easily rallied behind both Thrain and Elias and I rejoiced when they were able to not only forgive each other, but themselves. I loved the deep resounding love that formed between them and I appreciated how they came to realize that they were better together than apart. These men truly belonged together and I adored both of them.
I loved the world that Ms. Anderson created in ‘Til Kingdom Come, and I truly hated to see the book come to an end. This book has found a permanent place on my keeper shelf and I know I will enjoy revisiting with Thrain and Elias in many years to come.
For more information about Evangeline Anderson, and any of the other fabulous books she has written, Ms. Anderson has a very informative and interesting website. Here is the link if you are interested:

Book Blurb for Till Kingdom Come

In a time of mystery and magic, one man is seeking to find his destiny. Prince Thrain Blackwater is on a deadly mission to capture the one who can help him get his revenge and make him whole. But in order to do so, he must perform an act of brutality that will alienate the man he hopes to claim as his own.

Prince Elias Trueheart is a Null—a noble of the royal Trueheart line who has no magic of his own. Resigned to a life of obscurity, his entire world is turned upside down the night Thrain comes for him. After the Blackwater prince claims him in a way Elias feels he can never forgive, he kidnaps him as well and drags him back to the snake pit he calls home—Castle Black.

Thrain is certain Elias will hate him forever—and he doesn’t blame the other man a bit. Still, he hungers for Elias’s love and will do anything to earn it, even if it means facing down his brutal older brother who wants Elias for himself. But will Elias ever return his feelings or is he incapable of forgiving Thrain’s crime? He will have to make up his mind very soon for beneath the dark and dangerous Castle Black lies a secret that will unlock Elias’s magic and a deadly riddle that will put both his life and Thrain’s in peril.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Dubious consent, male/male sexual practices, allusion to incest.

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2010 5.00