Kerrelyn Sparks is on a role and publishing a brand new series. She's upped her game and taken on epic fantasy romance and done the genre proud. Readers will be transported to a fantasy world that is definitely not earth. This book has the right amount of fantasy world building and romance. Ms. Sparks didn't skimp on either and she has produced a book that I'll come back to again and again. This book will sit on the shelf next to C.L. Wilson and Amanda Bouchet. These authors have earned a place on the shelf for their memorable and deep fantasy world building as well as epic romances.
The characters are fully defined and many you will want to spend extra time with. It was the characters that really drew me into this first book and have me wanting the rest of the series. The main heroine in this first installment is Luciana. She along with a band of female orphans will play a huge part in this series. Each orphan girl has a magical power and each will be the heroine of a book. With each book the fantasy world will grow and the overall story arch unfold. I can't wait to see what is next.
The girls are banished to the Island of Moon and are taken care of by the sisters. The sisters are keeping secrets, but have the best intentions for the girls. But treachery and a villains live on the mainland and in the seas. The girls will have to watch their backs and find true love along the way.
At the end of this book you also get an excerpt for the next book. Kerrelyn Sparks is such a tease! I'll be counting down the days till the next girl gets her story. Could the lucky lady be Brigitta?
From the brilliant imagination of Kerrelyn Sparks comes a bold new fantasy romance series in which passion and magic collide. Behold the Embraced...
As one of the Embraced one born with magical powers the beautiful, innocent Luciana escaped certain death after her father hid her away on the Isle of Moon. Now, nineteen years later, her father has returned with a frightening request. He will be executed unless Luciana returns to the mainland and marries a man feared throughout the land: a terrifying brute known as the Beast.
Luciana accepts her fate and agrees to wed the Beast Lord Leo in order to save her father. Soon she learns that her betrothed is also one of the Embraced. With the ability to wield lightning, Leo’s immense power strikes fear into the hearts of men. . .and his mere touch can put an end to a woman’s life. But Luciana cannot deny the passion that burns between them. How can she resist the man who scorches her soul and makes her feel intoxicated with desire even if surrendering to him could destroy them both?