Carnal Magic by Lila Dubois
“The Wraith Accords, Book 1”
Two hundred years after the Tuatha de Danann and Vampires formed a fragile alliance, the Wraith Accords are unraveling. Isabel Santiago is a leader in one of the most powerful of the vampire cabals, and she agrees to join the Fae court as a gesture of goodwill and damage control.
While Aed mac Goll s loyalty to Fae is absolute, he s never supported the accords which gave the Vampires sanctuary and restored the Tuatha de s link to humanity. The very idea he could desire an undead human is unthinkable, yet he s drawn to Isabel s dark beauty and fierce intelligence.
Despite their mutual mistrust, they soon find themselves lost in a dangerous game of lust and power. When the treaty shatters amid calls for Isabel s head, Aed realizes their connection is more than physical. And to save it, they ll have to unravel a mystery that s been a thousand years in the making.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the contemporary books of this author, but for some reason, I’ve not read any of her paranormal romance books. I’m totally kicking myself for that now! This book was absolutely amazing, completely unlike anything I’ve read before. (And I’ve read many different types of PNR, from vampires that are aliens, to different types of ware-animals, to mermen, nothing has been off limits!) This particular story, is a book about Vampires, and the mythical Fair folk of Irish legend, the Tuatha de Danaan!
Isabel is a powerful, high ranking, ancient vampire, who has come to Tara, the land of the Tuatha de Danaan, to assure that the Wraith Accords still stand true. The Wraith Accords are a mutually beneficial agreement between the two races, agreed upon hundreds of years before, that protected them all. Right from the beginning, she knows that things are not what they seem, and approaches it like a puzzle to be solved. With the help of Aed, the warrior assigned to her, (I’m not sure if it was to protect her, or to protect them from her, in the beginning!) Isabel sets out to unravel the happenings, endeavoring to protect the Wraith Accords, at all cost.
This book begins with a bit of background, and proceeds with the beginning of Isabel’s visit to Tara. With a judicious use of bits and pieces of folk lore and fairy tales, the author builds a story that branches out into one of the most inventive romance stories I’ve read in a very long time! Isabel and Aed are drawn to each other, but are also pulled apart by their obvious differences, by happenings beyond their control, and by some crazy royal intrigue! There was so much going on in this story that I could not have put the book down, even if I’d wanted to! This is one of those books that I couldn’t wait to see what happened at the end, but didn’t want it to be over, at the same time! If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would!
Categories: ARC Books