Hello Friends! I recently became aware of the author, Grace Draven. I remember seeing one of her covers and immediately going on Goodreads to see what else she has out there. I read through a few of the synopsis and immediately knew I needed to get lost in her worlds of fantasy and romance. Three clicks later, and I have hauled three titles by her.
First I hauled Radiance which is book one in the Wraith Kings series. I am finding myself interested in the “forced together for political reasons,” trope. I really want to explore it more and see how the relationship between the two main characters turns out.
THE PRINCE OF NO VALUE
Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined.
THE NOBLEWOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE
Ildiko, niece of the Gauri king, has always known her only worth to the royal family lay in a strategic marriage. Resigned to her fate, she is horrified to learn that her intended groom isn’t just a foreign aristocrat but the younger prince of a people neither familiar nor human. Bound to her new husband, Ildiko will leave behind all she’s known to embrace a man shrouded in darkness but with a soul forged by light.
Two people brought together by the trappings of duty and politics will discover they are destined for each other, even as the powers of a hostile kingdom scheme to tear them apart.
I went ahead and hauled the second book, Eidolon, with the hopes that I love book one so much that I want to immediately jump into the story of book two.
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.
The last book by Grace Draven I hauled, I saw on Fangirl Musings YouTube channel. She did a review of it, which I will leave here. I loved her review so much, I knew I had to have this book and that is Entreat Me.
Afflicted by a centuries-old curse, a warlord slowly surrenders his humanity and descends toward madness. Ballard of Ketach Tor holds no hope of escaping his fate until his son returns home one day, accompanied by a woman of incomparable beauty. His family believes her arrival may herald Ballard’s salvation.
…until they confront her elder sister.
Determined to rescue her sibling from ruin, Louvaen Duenda pursues her to a decrepit castle and discovers a household imprisoned in time. Dark magic, threatening sorcerers, and a malevolent climbing rose with a thirst for blood won’t deter her, but a proud man disfigured by an undying hatred might. Louvaen must decide if loving him will ultimately save him or destroy him.
A tale of vengeance and devotion.
All of Grace’s books have some really great reviews on Goodreads which excites me and some damn good sounding story lines. And do I need to talk about the covers? They are stunning. I know I am going to get lost in these and fall completely in love. I can’t wait to start them. I will keep you posted on my thoughts.
Do you have any fantasy romance recommendations for me?