Having read the last book in this series first did not detract in the least from the story. Ms. Grant once again gives us strong characters and vivid imagery along with a captivating tale to keep the reader entranced from the first paragraph.
This tale shows the beginning of how the Shields are brought to this realm in order to stem the tide of evil wreaking havoc among all the realms. Hugh, Mina, and the rest of the Shields are pitted against adversaries brought to unearthly life from the deepest recesses of mythology, pitting themselves against the enemies brought to bear on them and sometimes each other against their own wishes.
The reader is transported along with the characters to see if good will triumph over evil and hearts will win out over better judgment. A page-turner from start to finish!
Have you ever wanted to travel through time with weapons crafted by the Fae themselves? To experience adventure so thrilling and dangerous you don't know if you will live to see tomorrow? To know that the lives of your men and villages depends on the accuracy of your instincts? To lead a group of highly skilled warriors from other times and realms? Now my men and I are faced with fighting creatures only thought to live in legend but which have been brought to Earth by evil bent on annihilating all the realms. That is my life--and I love it.
At least I did until I found myself staring into the angelic, innocent face of Lady Mina of Stone Crest. In all the time I have led The Shields I have trusted my instinct to keep us alive, yet now I don't know what to believe. Everything points to Mina as the evil summoning the creatures, but she proclaims her innocence.
I should be able to see through her lies, if she is indeed lying, but my attraction to her blinds me to even that. The last time I found myself so attracted to a woman, it nearly cost me the lives of my men. I cannot allow that to happen again. I won't allow that to happen again.
Yet every time she looks at me, begging me with those blue-green eyes to believe her, I find myself sinking farther under her spell. Her mouth is a temptation mortal men will never know and her love will either bring me the peace I thought I'd never find--or the death I've managed, thus far, to avoid.
Hugh the Righteous