While the world slumbers in Shadow, a fatal plague has swept through magekind. No one is immune to its ravages, and now that her father is dead, Cari Dolan must wield the fearful magic of her House to save innocent lives.
At the mage Council's bidding, dangerous outsider Mason Stray joins forces with Cari to hunt down the fiend responsible. But can he trust the daughter of wealth and privilege, especially when his own son is at risk?
The princess will always welcome to her bed the warrior, even if one must pay the ultimate price.
I am giving this book 4 stars for great world building and excellent urban fantasy. The romance for me scores more in the 3 star range because Cari is hard to like (It is hard to be likable when you are possessed half the time by a not so nice Fae) and the real relationship between her and Mason didn't start until 55% into the book. They were so guarded with each other, it was hard to see how they could fall in love.
None the less, I am excited about this series. The magic world is an interesting one which reminds me a bit of Robin Owen's Celta Series (one of my favorites) but with the mence found in CT Adams' and Cathy Clamp's Sazi Series (another of my favorites).
Cari redeemed herself in the end and was very kick ass. Mason is just wonderful as a father and person and a hot alpha dude.
The book is non stop action and I did not need to have read the other books in the series nor the ones it spun off from to keep pace. It did drag here and there for me because of my desire for more connection between the leads but overall this was a great world in which to spend some time. If their romance was developed over more books, I think I would have been more comfortable with the pacing but as this is a one book per couple series (which I really prefer), I could never settle and be happy with the love story unfolding.
I will be picking up the other books in the series. If you are looking for another Urban Fantasy Sereis. Erin Kellison has got you covered!
I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it.