Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Fires of Ballian


Title: Fires of Ballian
Author: M. L. Rhodes
Publisher: Amber Allure
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure
ISBN: 978-1-60272-632-1
Genre: {M/M} Fantasy, Shapeshifter, Witchcraft, Action/Adventure
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Keiran Hareldson is the sole surviving draegan lord. After years of oppression, the draegans and humans are ready to wage war against the high sorcerer of Velensperia. Keiran knew it would be a difficult fight, but he didn’t expect to find love.

Gaige Rizik, the former captain of the sorcerer’s High Guard, is now true mated to Keiran. He has difficulty accepting his new role and powers. To have so many look toward him for leadership after years of being the enemy leaves Gaige humbled.

Keiran’s abduction is proof to Gaige that he cannot survive without the man he loves. Gaige acknowledges the importance of protecting his people, as well as the significant impact Keiran’s return would have on their mission. Will Gaige find a way to save Keiran, or will he have to learn to rule his people alone?

M. L. Rhodes’ third release of the Draegan Lords series, Fires of Ballian, will leave you aching for more. Gaige’s past actions leaves him flawed and believable, making him less than perfect, but ideal for his role. I’ve always shied away from a “too perfect character” and that’s not an issue with this series. This is Gaige’s chance for redemption. Over time, he begins to recognize his strengths as a draegan, human, leader and mate. Keiran puts his people’s welfare above his own. He is clearly the type of leader anyone in war would hope to have on his or her side. The bond between the two is solid and the anchor that will help them through this trying time. You could feel their love and passion throughout this well-written story. Ms. Rhodes adds action, suspense and steamy sex to this paranormal tale, making it a wonderful addition to the series.

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