The Wraith Kings is a riveting good series. In this first novel the author does a fantastic job delivering a fantasy / paranormal tale that is just amazing and beautiful. “Radiance” is a very unique and wonderful love story. The world between the pages of this book is magical and well described. It can be compared to “Beauty & the Beast”. It’s that kind of story. You have an arranged marriage and in the end one awesomely entertaining fairytale. I had a very hard time putting this down. I encourage paranormal romance readers to pick this book up and get pulled into a brand new series. I guarantee you have never read anything like this.
Author Grace Draven knows how to give her readers delicious stories that are full of exquisite descriptions and lots of magic.
***Lets go a bit deeper into the tale***
An arranged marriage and an alliance between two kingdoms.
You have two very different races whose outward appearance is quite hideous to each other. But love blooms.
I loved how this author presented scenes showing their physical and cultural differences. I must say I enjoyed the two main characters of Brishen and Ildiko. They had wonderful bantering. Some of it was so very funny that it had me laughing out loud!
"You find me ugly, don't you?"
"Hideous. A hag of a woman. And you? You don't think me a handsome man?"
"Had you crawled out from under my bed when I was a child, I would have bludgeoned you to death with my father's mace."
*falls over laughing*
And also so lovingly....
“Woman of the day,” he said slowly. ” You mean everything to me.”
Pick up this book if you are looking for a wonderful, phenomenal and unique fantasy romance. You have magic and quarreling kingdoms. Plus there is a little bit of a cliffhanger that will take the reader into the next book. Once you finish “Radiance” you will want to jump right into book two, “Eidolon”. I definitely recommend "Radiance"!
~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.
Author's note: this tale contains scenes of graphic intimacy.