Bride of the Shadow King By Sylvia Mercedes

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Book/Novel Author: Sylvia Mercedes

Book/Novel Title: Bride of the Shadow King

 

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For fans of The Bridge Kingdom and A Deal with the Elf King, this arranged marriage romance about a human princess forced to wed a dark and desperate Shadow King is sure to entice!A shunned princess. A reluctant king.A marriage that could save both their kingdoms . . . but destroy their hearts.Though she is the oldest daughter, Princess Faraine lives in the background, shunned from court and kept out of sight. Her chronic illness makes her a liability to the crown, and she has learned to give place to her beautiful, favored younger sister in all things.When the handsome and enigmatic Shadow King comes seeking a bride, Faraine is not surprised that her sister is his choice.Though not eager to take a human bride, King Vor is willing to do what is necessary for the sake of his people. When he meets the lively Princess Ilsevel, he quickly agrees to a marriage arrangement.So why can’t he get the haunting eyes of her older sister out of his head?Passionate and alluring, Bride of the Shadow King is an arranged marriage tale with dual point-of-view (his and hers). The first book in a new fantasy romance series, this sweeping tale of love and betrayal is perfect for readers looking for a touch of spice to go with the sweet in their next swoony, slow-burn romance.
This was yet another beautifully written story by Sylvia Mercedes. She has done an amazing job of bringing a sprawling fantasy world to life. Although there are no explicit tie-ins with her other stories, she’s dropped enough hints here to make it clear this is part of the same expanded world as her Prince of the Doomed City, Scarred Mage of Roseward, and I believe several other stories. I think the time period is different though—there are no character overlaps and the Trolde society seems different from the glimpses we’ve seen in her other books.The tone of this book is…the word that comes to mind is haunting. There’s a darkness here that doesn’t show up as much in her other stories. The romance here is complex. It starts sweet, but it’s not long before Faraine and Vor start encountering the many barriers that stand between them and their happiness.The story ends on a very dark note, and I would call it a cliffhanger. The cliffhangers is tolerable, though, knowing Ms. Mercedes comes along quickly with the next installment.I would recommend this story to readers who enjoy a haunting romance in which the heroine and hero encounter many trials in their path to happiness, and readers who are comfortable with a bit of a wait before seeing the story resolved. I loved this and am looking forward to the next installment.I received an ARC of this story from the author.
Loved the dual point of views and the male and female leading characters. Some really fantastic side characters that helped keep the story intertwining and added humor.Loved reading this book and don’t want to wait for the next.
I love stories about the fae, and this has a unique setting that is refreshing. I can’t wait to read the sequel!
What a fantastic read! The characters were so well-written, and the world-building wonderfully unique. Such a delight to read. I couldn’t put it down! Can’t wait to read the next book.
Faraine was treated like a rotten stepchild by her parents, and her family seems to think she’s not worth their time. Fate has many changes in store for them all. Good reading.
I am not happy with the way this book ended. It was very abrupt and jarring. I will likely read the next book in the series but am not fond of books that don’t function well as stand-alone books while alluding to the books that precede or follow. I won’t be following this author now that I know that this is her style. Having said that, the story was very well-crafted and the characters well-developed. I enjoyed it until it ended. I know that some authors choose this style of writing a series but I don’t enjoy reading series done in this style.

 

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