Friday, November 4, 2011

Review of Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe

Lord of Rage (Royal House of Shadows, #2) (Harlequin Nocturne, #121)Lord of Rage (Royal House of Shadows, #2) by Jill Monroe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book from Net Galley.

This is book two in the Royal House of Shadows series. To see my review on book one, The Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter, click HERE.

Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe is the second book in the Royal House of Shadows series. It tells the story of Princess Breena, who is sent out from the kingdom of Elden after the Blood Sorcerer attacks and kills her parents. Unfortunately the spell her parents used to send her to safety goes awry and she finds herself wandering in a wild land far from civilization. Breena’s story is a retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and I just love the “bears” in Monroe’s story! I found book two to be just as good as book one, Lord of the Vampires, and it makes me want to carry on in my reading to books three and four.

Breena has the ability to walk in dreams, and it is here that she first meets her warrior lover. She can’t see his face and she doesn’t know his name, but she knows immediately upon meeting Osborn that he is the man in her dreams. In real life though, she’s never known the touch of a man and is innocent to the ways of the world. Now she needs a warrior to train her in both love and war - love so that she can grow as a woman, and war so that she can gain vengeance for the loss of her family and regain her stolen kingdom.

Osborn is a berserker, one of the last of his kind after his entire clan (except for he and his two brothers) are wiped out by marauding vampires. He now lives in the ancient lands of his people, taking care of his brothers the best he can. He used his berserker skills to become a feared assassin, with no feelings except for when he’s spilling the blood of those he kills. Breena may be just the woman he needs to break free and live again.

I loved Breena’s and Osborn’s blossoming relationship. They start off at odds with each other and over the course of the story grow into loving one another. It was nice to see Breena grow as a warrior as well. At the beginning of the story she thinks of herself as weak magically and physically; by the end of the story she is definitely much stronger and a fitting companion for Osborn. I also enjoyed the interactions with Osborn’s younger brothers. The two boys brought a lot of humor into the story. They weren’t used to having a woman around and it was funny how they dealt with Breena staying with them and how they evolved with a woman’s touch.

I can’t wait to find out how the Royal House of Shadows series continues in the next book. If its anything like Lord of Rage, then I know I will enjoy it! I think it will be interesting to see how the royal family comes together, and if they will be able to defeat the evil Blood Sorcerer that has taken over their kingdom.

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