Promise of Darkness (Dark Court Rising #1) by Bec McMaster
Synopsis: Princess. Tribute. Sacrifice. Is she the one prophesied to unite two warring Fae courts? Or the one bound to destroy them?
In a realm ruled by magic, the ruthless Queen of Thorns is determined to destroy her nemesis, the cursed Prince of Evernight.
With war brewing between the bitter enemies, the prince forces Queen Adaia to uphold an ancient treaty: she will send one of her daughters to his court as a political hostage for three months.
The queen insists it’s the perfect opportunity for Princess Iskvien to end the war before it begins. But one look into Thiago’s smouldering eyes and Vi knows she’s no assassin.
The more secrets she uncovers about the prince and his court, the more she begins to question her mother’s motives.
Who is the true enemy? The dark prince who threatens her heart? Or the ruthless queen who will stop at nothing to destroy him?
And when the curse threatens to shatter both courts, is she strong enough to break it?
A fairytale twist inspired by the Hades and Persephone myth.
Review: A nice new spin on the classic Hades and Persephone story. It was good, intense, and emotional. I liked it. Not my favorite Bec McMaster book, but I think it definitely has potential. The plot concept was interesting and different. The characters were well developed. I’m not sure what slowed me down in reading it, but I did feel like there were parts I struggled to keep up with it. I am interested in more from the couple and their friends and of course her mother who is a real piece of work to curse her own daughter to forget the man she loves and married over and over for 13 long years. I don’t understand how he kept going after each time of having to woo her slowly; even with the 3 month time clock ticking away, and then to be confronted with someone who saw you as a stranger 9 months later. Heart-breaking. But it does end well, though there is a major cliffhanger; a new war starts on the last page of the book. It will be interesting to see how this new series unfolds.