Captivated. I continue to be captivated by this author and her words.
Radiance was one of my most treasured reads of 2015 and I was anxious for the continuation of Brishen and Ildiko’s story. It seemed a long wait until the release of Eidolon, especially when it’s predecessor left off in such a scary, unsure way. I had no expectations other than revisiting one of my favorite romance couples and discovering how Brishen’s power-hungry mother’s actions would affect the kingdom of the Kai.
“Oh Brishen,” she said softly. “The prince of no value has become the most coveted Kai in all of Bast-Haradis.” She, on the other hand, was worse than valueless. She was an obstacle either to overcome or destroy.
When we last left Brishen and Ildiko, they were deeply in love and had settled nicely into their marriage. Time seems to have only added to their passion and devotion to each other. Unfortunately, their contentment is soon to morph into turmoil when the power-mad Queen of the Kai opens the gates to a horde of demons called galla and sets them loose upon the kingdom. The opening scene is powerful in the emotion it provokes from the reader. The imagery of bands of Kai racing from their homes as a shadowy mass of faceless spirits chase them across the land and into the river will stay with me for some time to come. The consequences of Secmis’s treachery soon becomes clear when Brishen and Ildiko learn what they will have to do to save not only the Kai but their human neighbors as well.
“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.”
As always, Ms. Draven weaves a tale of love, honor, and triumph that will enchant readers. Brishen continues to be steadfast and courageous while Ildiko proves time and again that her strength and wisdom have only grown over time. While they began as friends and their romance built in an almost quiet, sweetly passionate way, in Eidolon their devotion will be tested. They must make terrible choices in order to save the world. Yes, I said the world. Politics and duty will threaten their marriage. The weight of responsibility will lay heavily upon their shoulders. I kept wondering what the outcome would be when they finally came out the other side. I never for a minute thought they would be separated, but I did wonder what their relationship with each other and their people would look like in the end. But don’t worry, the ending is lovely in its triumph of good over evil and love over everything.
Eidolon expands the world-building and builds on the secondary character development begun in Radiance. This is not a series you should just jump into in the middle, trust me when I say you will get more out of it if it’s read in order. I believe this series will be six books in total with the next featuring Serovek and Anhuset. Which excites me to no end. These two have danced around each other, flirting and verbally sparring, but in a way that leads me to believe they will be magnificent when they finally come together. I am now counting down the days until the next release. Final Grade- A
“I would have been content to live my life as just Brishen,” he whispered into her hair. “Who was loved by Ildiko.”
In order to spread the fantasy love I’d like to gift one lucky commenter with either a copy of Eidolon or Radiance. Winner will be picked Friday, April 22nd.
Eidolon by Grace Draven
April 18th 2016 by Grace Draven
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