A Demon's Dark Embrace by Amelia Hutchins
Published by Self-published on November 10, 2015
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From betrayal and pain, can two very different worlds be saved?
A naïve beauty…
Olivia has never questioned the teachings of the Witches Guild, never questioned the Elders; it’s the only life she’s ever known. An uncontrollable hunger…
Ristan has spent centuries trying to contain his true nature, restraining his Demon and its voracious hunger for souls. A situation neither of them were prepared for.
They say the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, and Olivia can’t escape from her actions. What she’s done, she knows must be paid for in blood. Her own.
A monstrous need for revenge against the girl who wronged him; Ristan wants to keep her, humiliate and torment her, but his inability to truly harm her may just be his undoing.
A dangerous need to explore the man who holds her captive and captivated; Olivia knows she should run, or resist him, but the magnetic pull he has on her is undeniable.
Amelia Hutchin’s Fae Chronicles is one of my absolute favorite paranormal series. I can’t tell you my excitement when I read that the first book in The Elite Guards, A Demon’s Dark Embrace, with Ristan’s story was out. Freaking thrilled doesn’t begin to cover it. Although the first in a new series, this book is so closely connected to The Fae Chronicles, I wouldn’t suggest reading it without reading that series first.
Brother to Ryder, a half demon/half fae seer, Ristan was not left in great shape at the end of The Fae Chronicles and I was seriously looking forward to his story. If anyone ever deserved their HEA, it’s Ristan. Always good for a smile, even in the worst situations, he is a favorite character of mine. You never knew what was going to pop out of his mouth next, like the fact he called his favorite toy his “Little Soldier”. I just didn’t know what to think of that, but it did make me laugh. To give us a true perspective on what happened to him, there is some backtracking going in with this book that gives us Ristan’s POV on some of the events of Seducing Destiny. In particular, what happened to him in the Guild’s headquarters that led to his torture and near death at the hands of the mages. When Ristan starts healing from his ordeal, he has one thing on his mind, revenge against the little librarian who handed him over to Cyrus, a guild elder who ended up being a mage.
Ristan’s back story breaks my heart. The torture and disfigurement he suffered at the hands of his father was bad enough, so to have him tortured so viciously at the hands of the mages was a tough pill to swallow. I completely understood his anger towards Olivia. It’s good Ms. Hutchins laid the groundwork so that the redemption of Olivia could be accepted, because on face value alone a case could be made for her to be taken out permanently for her deeds. Obviously, all was not as it seemed and Olivia, although guilty, had her reasons for what she did.
After such an unbelievably strong heroine like Syn in The Fae Chronicles, Olivia was a bit of a disappointment. I’m not sure why librarian types always have to be depicted as these mousy and meek characters, but that’s a discussion for another day I guess. I liked Olivia, but her lack of fight and her extreme naievety was off-putting and kept me from ever loving her character. She found herself in a topsy turvy world where everything she thought was good actually wasn’t and the bad guys might actually not be so bad after all. Not knowing who to trust and finding herself at the mercy of someone she knew she had wronged would have been tough on anyone, so I tried to give her the benefit of the doubt.
Danu is a huge disappointment, I don’t care who her daughter is. Wow. That is one messed up woman, and don’t get me started on her ex. The games she played with Ristan practically his whole life had me wanting to reach in the pages and smack her. I hope at some point, she gets what she deserves.
I loved this addition into the world of The Fae Chronicles and can’t wait to see what this new series has in store for us.
Spice’s Rating: 5 I Can’t Believe I Waited So Long To Read This stars.
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