Saturday, April 19, 2014

Of Darkness and Crowns by Trisha Wolfe

Of Darkness and Crowns (Goddess Wars, #2)
Release date: March 20, 2014
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Series: Goddess Wars #2

The moon goddess has taken up residency within Prince Caben, darkening his mind and soul. Now he hunts the very women he sacrificed his life to save, his conflicting desires for love and power raging a battle within him. Kaliope possesses the key to setting Bale free, and Caben will stop at nothing to see his goddess restored. Even if that means destroying the kingdom he’s sworn to protect, and the infuriating woman who torments his thoughts.

Kaliope, now the leader to the newly formed Nactue Guard, has vowed to save Caben. But with a traitor lurking among her people, and powers she’s unable to fully control, Kaliope’s mission becomes shrouded with doubt. Her new role as watcher over Caben’s kingdom brings a burden she’s unable to bear alone, and appointing the right person in charge of the prince’s affairs has turned a kingdom against the Nactue leader. Saving her stubborn, willful prince from the darkness overtaking him will be the battle of her life, and she needs people she can trust by her side. But bad blood between members of the Nactue obscure Kaliope’s journey, while her feelings for Caben cloud her judgment.

When the time comes to do what she must to destroy the goddess of chaos, will she be able to if it means losing Caben forever?

Book two of the Goddess Wars is told in dual point of view from Kaliope and Caben. New Adult Dark Fantasy, intended for readers 17 years of age and older.

My Rating: 5 Roses

An absolutely amazing sequel, Of Darkness and Crowns was a brilliant New Adult read. After the epic ending of book 1, I had high hopes for book 2, and it definitely didn't disappoint. From the romance, to the twists, to all of the thrills, this book was fantastic.

Kaliope was such a badass. I thought so in book 1, and book 2 proved it even more. Her loyalties are tested in this book, when her oath to her empress is put against her promises to the man she loves and that made for some interesting conflict. She was utterly determined to save Caben and ultimately showed the she could be wise as well as strong. I liked her in book 1 and I liked her even more in this book.

Caben was a very interesting character in this book. His mind has been overtaken by Bale and, rather than just controlling his thoughts, she distorted them until he became a much darker version of himself. But, the Caben we all loved was still there and putting up one hell of a fight to keep his kingdom and the woman he loves safe. I absolutely loved his character in this book. I already adored him, and this book turned him into an enigma that made things very interesting.

The romance was lovely. Even with Caben under the influence of Bale, his feelings for Kaliope, no matter how distorted they became, were still there. I thought it was so sweet how, despite the most dire of circumstances, their feelings for each other still endured. They were wonderful together and I can't wait to see how things turn out for them in the next (and final, I believe) book in the series.

The plot was fast paced and I was totally hooked the entire way through. There were tons of thrills and twists that I never saw coming, and they all kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved the story and the ending was amazing. I can't wait to see what happens in book 3!

Of Darkness and Crowns was a brilliant New Adult read. I absolutely loved this book! It was thrilling, romantic, and definitely a worthy sequel to Of Silver and Beasts. Fans of book 1, you won't be disappointed with this book. And, romance lovers, this is a series not to be missed.

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*I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review

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