Clash of Storms (Legends of the Storm #3) by Bec McMaster
Synopsis: The old eddas speak of dreki—fabled creatures who haunt the depths of Iceland’s volcanoes and steal away fair maidens.
Malin wants none of such myths. As a half-blood dreki, she’s beneath the notice of the arrogant warriors who rule the skies—except for Sirius Blackfrost, the most ruthless dreki within the court. This dark prince watches her every move, but he’s more villain than hero, and in her favourite fairy tales the servant never earns the prince’s heart. But is there something more to the look in the Blackfrost’s eyes?
To love her would be to curse her to a fate worse than death…
The second he saw her, Sirius knew her for his fated mate. But Malin is a nobody in the dreki court, and her very presence is a threat to his queen’s ambitions for him. Forced to hide the truth and accept the match his queen has made for him—to mate with the princess Malin serves— he dares not reveal his heart.
But when the princess flees, he must find her—and his only clue is Malin, who aims to thwart him at every step. With danger surrounding them, they must forge a truce. But can she ever give this wicked prince her heart? Because, while Sirius’s kiss burns through her like lightning, to love him would be to defy the stars themselves…
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Review: Sirius Blackfrost has been the villain in this series from the beginning but he showed possible redeeming qualities in the last one when he rescued the handmaiden from his father and aunt’s wrath. She is a Drekling, half-blood, servant within the Dreki court and has always been invisible except to Sirius. For ten years, he watched her from afar never daring to reveal what she truly meant to him, but once they are off to catch up with the Princess he is supposed to mate with, she starts to see the real dragon behind the warlord moniker. He isn’t a cold-blooded cruel man at all but rather someone who will go to great lengths to protect his mate, even if it means she hates him. Their adventure was fun, exciting, entertaining, and fast paced. There isn’t a lot of passionate scenes but I was surprised how much that didn’t end up bothering me. The plot was such that it completely stands on its own as a romance without the steamy passion. I was happy when they finally got to be together, but for their story, if they had come together sooner rather than later it would not have made much sense to the plot and character development. They needed to wait. I enjoyed their story a lot and the series has definitely gotten better and better with each book. It isn’t her Steampunk, but it is definitely entertaining and fulfilling as a story and series.