A Hint of Frost

Araneae Nation, Book 1

This story intrigued me with its paranormal and fantasy description. Lourdes will do anything to save her clan after the death of her parents. That is even marrying one of the dreaded flesh eaters. Rhy's comes from a clan that believes in celebrating the death of their enemies in a unique way. Unfortunately, many of his clans allow their carnivorous nature to become addictive and turn to cannibalism. I have to admit to curiosity on how the author was going to deal with such an extreme characteristic and make the hero someone the reader would want with the heroine. The author succeeds and without giving away too many of the delightful tidbits revealed along the way, I will admit that I found Rhy to be very romantic and loved watching the growth between Rhys and Lourdes. The two are in a forced marriage and yet both determined to do the right thing by their clan.

The Aranaeia were interesting in that they are like spiders and can spin the finest silk from their fingertips. Lourdes is one of the best spinners. Rhys is one of the best warriors his clan has but he is willing to do anything to be accepted and loved. I loved this story.

Book Blurb for A Hint of Frost

Hope dangles by a silken thread.

When the head of the Araneidae clan is found poisoned in her nest, her eldest daughter, Lourdes, becomes their clan’s new maven. If her clan is to survive, she has but one choice: she must marry before her nest is seized. All she needs is a warrior fierce enough to protect her city and safeguard her clansmen. Such a male is Rhys the Cold.

Born the youngest son of an impoverished maven, the only things Rhys has to his name are his sword and his mercenary reputation. His clan is starving, but their fondness for the flesh of fellow Araneaeans makes them unwelcome dinner guests. Torn between loyalty to his clan and fascination with his future bride, Rhys’s first taste of Lourdes threatens to melt the cold encasing his heart.

Amid the chaos of battle, Lourdes’s sister disappears and is feared captured. Lourdes and Rhys pursue their enemies into the southlands, where they discover an odd plague ravaging southern clans as it travels north, to Erania. Determined to survive, Lourdes will discover whether she’s worth her silk or if she’s spun the thread by which her clan will hang.

Warning: This book contains one mercenary hero with a biting fetish, one determined heroine who gets nibbled, and an answer to the age-old question, “What does dragon taste like?” Matricide and sibling rivalry are available upon request. The house special is revenge, best served cold.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2012 4.00