Thief of Dreams
Twenty brides. One prince. Who will survive when the competition turns deadly?
This is a novella in the new Court of Dreams series, set in the realms of fae courts, where intrigue and danger hide beneath beautiful facades. This book introduces Zemira Az Guhl, daughter of the Wraith King, who is sent to steal the Dragons Heart. In return, she expects to be free of his hold over her. To do this, she must take the place of one of the prospective brides invited to the Court of Dreams, as kind of a Bachelor setup. Prince Keir is an enigmatic ruler who hid the location of the court for centuries; Zemira has no wish to become a bride, and she plans to keep out of his way, find the relic and get away as quickly as possible.
Of course, this doesn’t go as planned – by dodging his attentions she only intrigues him, making it more difficult to accomplish her mission. Add to that, the other fae princesses are all out to win the Prince’s heart and don’t care who gets hurt in the process. Then some of them are taken out of the contest by a strange creature, and Zemira needs all her wits not to be one of the victims. She and Keir have some moments together where the sparks start to fly, but there’s no real romance in this short book. It ends on a cliffhanger, and leaves you wanting to dive into the next installment.
Rating: 4 stars
Thief of Souls
What cost will she pay to save her soul?
When Zemira failed in her mission to get the Dragons Heart, her father was not pleased and punishes her severely – but she can redeem herself if she retrieves a different relic, one that Prince Keir is also interested in. In a twist of plot, Keir also wants her to work with him to get the relic and free her from the Wraith King. Once again, she needs to assume the identity of a different fae princess and accompany Keir to a wedding in the court where the relic is supposed to be hidden. There’s even more intrigue and danger this time around, and while Zemira and Keir find their relationship heating up even more, she is still reluctant to give her heart completely. Zemira’s sister Soraya (who made a brief appearance in the first book) is also a player in this game, adding to the drama.
This book was much more character developed, and had angst and twists and turns that keep you guessing, leading to another cliffhanger at the end. And now we wait for next year to find out how this all gets resolved. ☹
Rating: 4 stars