Running a little behind on my reviews this year. I just started a new job! Which is great… except that I’m dead tired by the time the day is done. I’ve been doing more sleeping and unpacking than reading unfortunately. So it goes.
I am a huge fan of Grace Draven’s work and thus when this slid across my radar I couldn’t help picking up a copy.
Thanks to the author as well as Ace via NetGalley for the review copy!
Siora has been on the run for longer than she cares to remember, from her past and her gift. Born with the ability to see and speak to ghosts, she has heard their desperate pleas as an otherworldly predator stalks the dead amid the fertile killing fields of the collapsing Krael Empire. The creature’s power and reach are growing with every soul it consumes, but Siora is preoccupied with her own troubles: namely an assassin who has sworn an oath of vengeance against her.
Gharek of Cabast was once the right-hand man of the reviled empress but is now a wanted fugitive. Although his reasons for hunting Siora are viscerally personal, what Gharek can’t anticipate is that when he finally does find her, she will hold the key to saving his world, or what’s left of it. To make good on old debts and protect the vulnerable dead from a malevolent force, Gharek and Siora will both need to make an ally out of an enemy—and trust that will be enough to save each other.
This is the story of Siora and Gharek. Siora sees the dead, and uses that ability to get by in life. She was once employed by Gharek to care for his daughter, but due to some choices she made, now she’s on the run from him. Gharek is chasing Siora to demand that she apologize to his daughter for betraying her trust and leaving without saying anything. They run into each other right ouside of the cursed city of Midrigar though, and from there, all sorts of shenanigans go down.
I admittedly didn’t love this one as much as I did the two before it. It just seemed to be the weakest of the three. I don’t mind a good enemies-to-lovers romance, and this was absolutely an entertaining enough read, but I had trouble caring about the characters. I think this might just be personal preference. I eventually started liking Gharek, but always found Siora to be a bit annoying. There was some serious deus ex machina at one point too that made my eyes roll a bit, lol.
Nevertheless, the world that the story takes place in was an interesting one, and seeing a bit more of it come to life was nice. This crazy world of crazy ghost cities and markets in-between dimensions was a captivating backdrop for some romantic shenanigans. If you like Fantasy Romance, I suggest checking it out! 3/5 stars!
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