Blood is how it all began, and only by blood can it end. Chaos has reigned in Zendar for years since the rise of the seven Bloodlines. The Liege Aleron Corvinus ruthlessly seeks revenge for the mistreatment of his ancestors. His ambitions will only be sated when he claims the world under his family’s name; he will only stop when all of Zendar is his and the other six Bloodlines pay their weight in blood.
Azel Undel was born into this world of blood and sand. She is of a dying Bloodline, a feared one, but most coveted. Promised, in exchange for money, to a man she had never known; Azel travels across Zendar. Her ship is attacked and she alone survives, setting the wheels of fate in motion. She did not expect to become her enemy’s captive or that he would demand her submission to him.
Loyalties are tested, secrets are uncovered, and Azel will have to make a choice: remain loyal to her family and everything she ever stood for or be loyal to her own heart.
Momma Says: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Let me start by saying that I don't read much of this type of fantasy and when the book started with a brief history of this strange world, I wasn't sure that I'd like it. Nevertheless, I plunged ahead, and will happily admit that it didn't take long for me to be completely caught up in this fast-paced, action-packed read. Once Azel and Aleron meet, the story's primary focus is on their romance, and what a romance it is. I found myself not liking Aleron at all in the beginning. He's overbearing and brutish, and I found myself smiling every time the strong-willed Azel bests him. As the story progresses and things unfold, Aleron slowly grew on me and ended up becoming one of my favorite characters. As Azel runs head first from one predicament to another, I was so engaged in the story that I read it in one sitting. As I said, the story is primarily a romance, but it's also a tale of war, family, betrayal, secrets, and learning to entrust your heart to another.
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