Dark Skye by Kresley Cole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I'm giving this a reluctant 4 stars because it was a good book on its own, but after all this buildup, was a let down.
We have known about Lanthe and her fear of reckoners for a bunch of books now. We also watched her get dragged off by one, sacrificing herself to free her friend to run after her adopted daughter. In this book, we finally get to see what happened after that scene for Lanthe. Turns out, they knew each other as kids (not just in the gruesome murder of Lanthe's parents) and they are fated mates (as should be expected in these books). The hard part here? Thronos wants to obtain her, but is doing it completely the wrong way. He wants to lock her away to produce heirs? Yeah, Lanthe (and her sister) would never let that happen.
Along the yelling, arguing, fighting way, we learn that Thronos didn't realize his brother (who we met in a dramatic scene in a previous book) was going after Lanthe and her sister, succeeding in killing one of them several times. So - what's the big revelation in this book? What pushes this bigger story along? I think it's Lanthe's power and how she addresses her lack of it in this book. Other than that, it ties a bit of the other actions and stories together. As a standalone, I guess it's fine, but it was very heavy in the domineering arguments and very light on the actual romance part. Personally, I think Lanthe can do better.
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