This fun and quirky paranormal series is peopled with such individualistic characters that one never gets tired of exploring the universe created by this imaginative author. The acrimonious exchanges and twisted view of the world as filtered through the contentious harpy provides a delightful counterpoint to the fantastical powers and exotic experiences that have become an expected element in these stories. Quentin’s triple threat nature and his checkered past make him an unusual hero but an excellent foil for the female who is determined to wreak his downfall. The aberrant progress of their relationship which includes plans to make sure the other dies without blame falling on the perpetrator, hate sex and efforts to inflict bodily harm on one another is perfectly in keeping with their ‘kinky’ interactions yet the very intensity of their emotions is what makes this such an intriguing read.
I am always mesmerized by the word portraits that Ms. Harrison paints and her description of Aryal as “completely devoid of the mannerisms and characteristics that popular culture defined as femininity. She wasn’t ruled by fear of defying conventions. As far as he could determine, she wasn’t ruled by fear in any form, and all her emotions were painted in primary colors.” is an example of her artistry. I think this story is an excellent addition to a creative and fantastical world that I always enjoy visiting and a stellar example of the importance of diversity and the strength that comes from melding a variety of individuals rather than relying upon clones. Another highly entertaining addition to the series...but not a story to be read by the faint of heart.
“Kinked” by Thea Harrison is part of her wonderful paranormal ‘Elder Races’ series and spotlights the hot-tempered harpy Sentinel, Aryal and her nemesis, the newly promoted Sentinel Quentin Caeravorn. These two warriors bring remarkable talents to their positions but have such an intense antipathy that Dragos finally intervenes and sends them to the destroyed land of Numenlaur to assess what threats are active there. The profound hatred felt by the opponents unwillingly morphs into something other than plans for a blameless demise of each other as they discover more about each other’s desires and face an unknown enemy. Unfortunately, their hard-won alliance may be too late to save them or the allies they are searching for and the newly restored Sentinel contingent may soon need to find one or more replacement Wyr.
Two opponents must confront the cause of their obsessive fury in the latest Novel of the Elder Races?
As a harpy, Sentinel Aryal is accustomed to dealing with hate, but Sentinel Quentin Caeravorn manages to inspire in her a burning ire unlike anything she’s ever known. Aryal believes the new Sentinel to be a criminal, and vows to take him out as soon as the opportunity arises. But the harpy’s incessant wrath has pushed Quentin to the limit, and forces him to make a deadly vow of his own.
To put an end to the conflict, Dragos, Lord of the Wyr, sends them on a reconnaissance mission to the Elven land of Numenlaur. Forced to work together, Aryal and Quentin’s mutual antagonism escalates. Each fight draws forth more passion?culminating in an explosively sexual confrontation. But when their quest reveals real danger, Aryal and Quentin must resolve their differences in ways beyond the physical, before the entire Wyr is threatened.