Also in this series: Radiance
Series: Wraith Kings #2
Published by Smashwords Edition on April 18th 2016
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Source: Self Purchased
In a bid for more power, the Shadow Queen of Haradis has unleashed a malignant force into the world. Her son Brishen, younger prince of the Kai royal house, suddenly finds himself ruler of a kingdom blighted by a diseased darkness and on the brink of war. His human wife Ildiko must decide if she will give up the man she loves in order to secure his throne.
Three enemy kingdoms must unite to save each other, and a one-eyed, reluctant king must raise an army of the dead to defeat an army of the damned.
A tale of alliance and sacrifice.
Sequel to RADIANCE and Book #2 in the Wraith Kings series
Brishen and Ildiko have found a beautiful love in the midst of an arranged marriage. Both lower casts of their families, they united in a way no one could have foreseen. Its been a year of passion, adventure and finding joy with each other. But that is all about to come crashing down upon them with Brishen’s mother’s latest schemes. The shadow queen of Haradis, through a bid for more power unleashes the worst enemy upon their world. Demons who crave blood and magic and nothing can stop them. The demons are destroying everything in their path….every man, woman and child. The royal family is slaughtered all except for Brishen. When he learns of the destruction, and that his home and his marriage is about to be threatened, he will do everything in his power to keep everyone he loves safe. Brishen will need to make alliances with the other two kingdoms, and there will be four of them that will need to become Wraith Kings, the only ones that will have the kind of power to force the hord of demons back to their realm and close the opening between their worlds. But Ildiko might have to make a difficult decision that could cost her the love of her life forever…..Will Brishen and Ildiko be able to defeat this evil enemy and find a way back to each other for good?
Plot and Story Line
In Book one we saw the chemistry, and the slow burn romance that developed between Brishen and Ildiko. A arranged marriage to bring together an alliance. In Book two we see this pair and how their love is tested in brutal ways almost. First off, Brishen’s whole family has been killed and he is the King now of the Kai. Which adds a certain dilemma for Brishen and Ildiko. The kai would never fully accept Ildiko as their queen, she is human and unable to have children with a Kai. Ildiko knows the risks, and she knows what would be good for Brishen in the long run, and is willing to give him up if necessary. However Brishen (man do I love this hero) he refuses to give her up.
“Privilege,” she said gently, “gives the crown its shine. Duty give it its weight. It’s because you are no king that you can’t do as you wish. The person you are – honorable, brave – will do what’s required.”
Her knees buckled at this declaration, and this time her fingers dug into his forearm. “Oh my gods, Brishen. You can’t abdicate! You’ll plunge this country into civil war.”
He snatched her to him, and her feet cleared the floor for a second time. “I will not give you up,” he vowed between clenched teeth. “I will suffer the ritual, gladly. Let it rip me apart and put me back together again. I will rob my people of their magic and fight the galla. I will not renounce my wife.” He shook against her, burying his face in her neck. “Don’t leave me, Ildiko,” he implored. “The burden is only bearable because you’re here.”
Yep….he rocks!! He doesn’t let what other think or feel stand in the way of the woman he refuses to let go of just because she can’t bear his children. He is content to have her and only her. And Ildiko hurts him in the process of all this, which was quite heartbreaking at times. Because in the midst of all that they have to face, these two need to work through their differences, because they have no idea if their plan will be successful or not. Now the story gets really intense when Brishen and the three other men become “wraith kings” what a unique twist this is!! And what a teaser the author gives us in the end here. The story we are given here with Eidolon is simply fantastic, and I have so much love for this story. I love Brishen and Ildiko, their relationship is so strong and has a cozy feel to it with some powerful chemistry between them. I love seeing their relationship become even stronger and grow!! We get to see some great chemistry between Anhoset (Brishen’s cousin) and Severin—now these two are explosive. And I am excited to see what Draven does with them in book 3!
WHAT A cover!! Just as beautiful as the first book. I love the pose here, almost as if they are breathing each other in. A perfect representation of this amazing couple.
Eidolon is a story that is vibrant and real and keeps the reader fascinated from beginning to end!! It has a charm to the romance, adrenalin surge to the action and a action packed adventure of a ride you don’t want to miss your ticket on!!! INTOXICATING!!
“I would have been content to live my life as just Brishen,” he whispered into her hair. “Who was loved by Ildiko.”
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