I am always delighted when I see a new Elder Races tale and always anxiously await the next in the series. Everything gets pushed aside while I devour and am enthralled by each title and this was no exception. This was a great glimpse into the Dark Fae society with enjoyable cameos by Queen Niniane and her consort Tiago as we get a more thorough picture of Chancellor Aubrey Riordan. The exquisite blending of action and romance seasoned with the hint of the exotic inherent in the nature of the beings being described and the mysterious deck of Tarot cards makes this yet another fantastic read in the series. Xanthe was introduced in the preceding novella, “Devil’s Gate” and this story about her experiences with the intriguing Tarot cards which facilitate her interaction with the alluring Chancellor is another wonderful addition to an imaginative series. I am saddened that this is apparently the last of the novellas in this story arc and hopeful that we will see all of these characters in subsequent tales.
Duty. Devotion. Desire. When fate brings two isolated people together, love is in the cards.
As a palace guard and assassin for the Dark Fae, Xanthe always wore a mask, hiding her emotions to do her duty. But when her identity is compromised, she trades undercover work for guarding Queen Niniane—a position that often brings her in contact with Chancellor Aubrey Riordan.
Aubrey’s trust is shattered. A year ago his wife tried to assassinate their new queen in his name, a betrayal of everything he believes in. And now an attack on his life is proof the dark conspiracy is not yet over. Although injured and weak, Aubrey can’t help but be drawn to this shy assassin and loyal protector. Xanthe is everything Naida wasn’t, and the passion she stirs in him is something he thought had long passed him by.
Warning: Take a man recovering from an assassination attempt, the assassin sworn to protect him, add in a magical Tarot card deck and an isolated cabin, and watch the sparks fly!