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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Book Review: Heart of Blood and Ashes (A Gathering of Dragons, #1) By Milla Vane

By Milla Vane
February 4, 2020
Publisher: Berkeley
ISBN: 9780425255070

A generation past, the western realms were embroiled in endless war. Then the Destroyer came. From the blood and ashes he left behind, a tenuous alliance rose between the barbarian riders of Parsathe and the walled kingdoms of the south. That alliance is all that stands against the return of an ancient evil—until the barbarian king and queen are slain in an act of bloody betrayal.
Though forbidden by the alliance council to kill the corrupt king responsible for his parents’ murders, Maddek vows to avenge them, even if it costs him the Parsathean crown. But when he learns it was the king’s daughter who lured his parents to their deaths, the barbarian warrior is determined to make her pay.
Yet the woman Maddek captures is not what he expected. Though the last in a line of legendary warrior-queens, Yvenne is small and weak, and the sharpest weapons she wields are her mind and her tongue. Even more surprising is the marriage she proposes to unite them in their goals and to claim their thrones—because her desire for vengeance against her father burns even hotter than his own…

Maddek's parents were murdered while visiting Yvenne and he thinks she did it, along with her corrupt king father. But she looks small, pale. and weak, not at all like someone who could kill two strong Parsatheans. Still, he wants his revenge and she suggest that he make her his bride and get her pregnant, enabling her to take back her throne, for only warrior queens of blood can rule, and she is the only daughter of her mother. But over time, Maddek finds that Yvenne is not who he believes her to be and is falling for her.

If you enjoyed reading the Game of Thrones novels or watching the HBO series, or enjoy high fantasy, along with romance, this first novel in a possible trilogy will fit the bill for you. Dark, brutal, bloody-with splendid worldbuilding, one is taken from the stressful, mundane reality into a world that will have you not stopping until the last page.

I gave Heart of Blood and Ashes (A Gathering of Dragons, #1) 5 sheep

Reviewed by Pamela K. Kinney

Book two coming this year!
by Milla Vane
Release day: July 7, 2020
Milla Vane returns to a world of kings, magic, and passion in her exhilarating A Gathering of Dragons series, as a great alliance forms to stand against an evil warlord intent on their destruction.

Danger lurks in the western realms. The Destroyer’s imminent return has sent the realms into turmoil as desperate citizens seek refuge—but there’s no safety to be found when demons and wraiths crawl out from the shadows. Even Koth, a northern island kingdom left untouched by the Destroyer a generation past, is besieged by terrors spawned from corrupt magics.

When Lizzan leads the Kothan army against these terrors, only to see her soldiers massacred and to emerge as the only survivor, she is called a coward and a deserter. Shunned from her home, Lizzan now wanders in solitude as a mercenary for hire, until she encounters a group of warriors seeking new alliances with the northern kingdoms—a group that includes Aerax, the bastard prince of Koth, and the man who sent her into exile.

Though they were childhood friends, Aerax cannot allow himself to be close to the only woman who might thwart his treacherous plan to save their island realm. But when a goddess's demand binds them together, Lizzan and Aerax must find a way to overcome their painful pasts. Or there will be no future for the western realms...

About the Author:
Meljean Brook is an American author known for her paranormal and steampunk romance series. She also publishes under the pseudonym Milla Vane and designs cover art for herself and fellow writers. She is represented by Nephele Tempest at The Knight Agency.
Bio from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Photo from Goodreads.

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