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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Book Review: Promise of Darkness (Dark Court Rising Book 1) by Bec McMasters + giveaway

by Bec McMaster
Sept 18, 2019

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Princess. Tribute. Sacrifice. Is she the one prophesied to unite two warring Fae courts? Or the one bound to destroy them? In a realm ruled by magic, the ruthless Queen of Thorns is determined to destroy her nemesis, the cursed Prince of Evernight. With war brewing between the bitter enemies, the prince forces Queen Adaia to uphold an ancient treaty: she will send one of her daughters to his court as a political hostage for three months. The queen insists it’s the perfect opportunity for Princess Iskvien to end the war before it begins. But one look into Thiago’s smoldering eyes and Vi knows she’s no assassin. The more secrets she uncovers about the prince and his court, the more she begins to question her mother’s motives. Who is the true enemy? The dark prince who threatens her heart? Or the ruthless queen who will stop at nothing to destroy him? And when the curse threatens to shatter both courts, is her heart strong enough to break it? A fairytale twist inspired by the Hades and Persephone myth.

Promise of Darkness marks my introduction to Bec McMaster. I’m hooked. The premiere installment to Dark Court Rising is everything I adore in a read. It’s a fae fantasy full of action, intrigue, twists and turns. I enjoyed every moment of this book and it’s easily become a 2019 fave. I cannot wait for the next installment.

Princess Iskvien, daughter of Adaia Queen of Thorns, is given to the dark and dangerous Prince of Evernight, Thiago, as a political hostage. At the order of her mother, Iskvien must remain in Thiago’s court for three months. She’s there as a supposed good-will gesture designed to avoid war. Adaia’s seething hatred for Thiago runs deep, however, and Vi soon realizes nothing is as it seems; not with Thiago and his court, her mother, even herself. The layers begin to peel away almost immediately, leading to a fabulously engrossing read.

The fae scape of the Seelie and Unseelie created by McMaster is imaginative, rich, and wildly creative. Vi is a formidable main character with boundless bravery. I loved the evolution of her character from start to finish. Thiago has rocketed to the top of my favourite book boyfriends list. He’s deadly, dangerous, and deliciously mysterious. Thiago has secrets I cannot wait to discover.

Promise of Darkness is loosely based on the Hades Persephone myth, but spins from this starting point into something wholly unique. It’s an excellent read; the kind you devour. Book two is slated for release in 2020.

Five Sheep

Bianca Greenwood

The tension in the prince’s shoulders softens as I press my back into the stone of the arch, turning my entire body toward him. “Do you think I’d stand in an open window with my enemy behind me if I wasn’t bedazzled by his pretty eyes?”

“I thought we were past the ‘enemies’ part of this?”

“I’m still considering the notion. I don’t know what comes after ‘enemies.’”

“That’s easy.” His voice grows rough. “We kiss. We argue. We fall into bed.”

My cheeks heat. I’d wondered if he’d mention that.

Thiago brings his hand to my cheek, brushing his knuckles against the smooth skin there. “But you’re the one who makes that decision. I won’t steal into your bed, Vi. You’re the one who’s going to have to do that.” He gives a sly smile. “Though for every day you make me wait, I’ll repay you with an hour of sensual torture.”


I stare at him breathlessly. “Doesn’t that behoove me to make you wait longer?”

Thiago leans closer, stealing a soft kiss from my lips. “That depends.” He takes a step back, finally giving me some space to breathe. “On whether your willpower is stronger than temptation.”

It’s not.

I know it’s not.

I want to throw up the white flag of surrender right here, to taste more of that kiss he barely gave me.

And some part of it must show on my face, because he draws back and laughs. “Willpower, Vi.”

It’s a smoky sound that curls inside me, as though he’s somehow infected me.

“I’m trying to remember why this is a bad idea.”

“Oh, it’s not. It’s a very, very good idea,” he croons. “But we’re supposed to arrive in Stormhaven within the hour, and an hour’s not long enough to do any of what I have planned.”

I close my eyes. Images dance there, of the pair of us tangled together on heated sheets. “That isn’t helping.”

Thiago chuckles under his breath. “It wasn’t supposed to. Come. Kyrian will be waiting for us.”

About the Author:

I'm a writer. Dreamer. Travel Addict. And enthusiastic-if-not-perfect baker. I'll honestly admit that I don't always follow the recipe, be it cooking, or writing romances. If I'm not sitting in front of the computer, I'm probably plotting my next world trip. Or eating chocolate. Sometimes I run. Because...chocolate. I grew up on a steady diet of 80's fantasy movies like Ladyhawke, Labyrinth, and The Princess Bride, and love creating epic, fantasy-based worlds with heroes and heroines who must defeat all the odds to have their HEA. I live in a country town in Australia, with my very own beta hero, Byron; Kobe, a dog who will eat anything (even used teabags); and demanding chickens, Siggy and Lagertha.

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