Friday, December 3, 2010

Rogue’s Rage


Title: Rogue’s Rage
Author: Lacey Thorn
Publisher: Total E-Bound
Publisher URL: http://www.total-e-bound.com/
ISBN: 978-0-85715-330-2
Genre: {M/F/M} Fantasy Paranormal
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Rory loves her sister and the people of her village. She also takes her responsibilities seriously but the one thing that takes precedence over everything is clearing her mother’s name. When two strangers, Lake and Lincoln, arrive at her village, the opportunity arises for her to tell her story and plead for justice in front of the queen. But these two friends aren’t just opportune strangers and they’re more than willing to show Rory just what that three are to each other if she’ll just take the chance to let their bond grow.

Rogue’s Rage is the third release in Lacey Thorn’s series Blood Magic. The books truly lead from one to another, making it imperative that they be read in order. After a prologue the story begins where book two left off and Rory’s life and responsibilities inside her village are introduced immediately. The descriptions of her simple existence are nicely described as is her relationship to her sister and two close friends. There’s also a little family history regarding her mother and sister that helps explain what drives her. The arrival of Lake and Lincoln is handled a little stiffly but they are strangers come from afar, but they are soon accepted, not just into the village but into Rory’s arms.

The realization that the three are meant to be together is the only explanation for the swift way Rory agrees to leave her home. The emotions swirling between Rory, Lake and Lincoln is passionate and intense and when they come together, it’s fiery hot. There is an unexpected revelation regarding Rory and a guardian that comes with being a member of the royal family but I’m not going to say anything further. Just know that I enjoyed this little surprise nugget.

The ongoing story line is handled well and it was nice seeing the characters from the previous releases. They were seamlessly interjected into Rogue’s Rage as old friends of Rory, Lake and Lincoln, giving the tale a sense of family and continuity. There is a bit of well done action sprinkled throughout its seventy-eight pages, with the most dramatic occurring at the end. The problem is the number of physical encounters. While they are very well done, they tend to overbalance the story. I look forward to seeing what happens next.

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