Thursday, May 23, 2013

You Are Mine

Janeal Falor
Fantasy Romance
Book 1 of Series

"She's always been fascinated by boys.  And the girls from class.  Basically, any girl who's not me."

Serena's life doesn't hold many options.  She is the property of her father, until he can sell her to the highest bidder.  Then she'll belong to her husband.  Of course, her husband will only be interested in how much magic is in her blood and how many sons she can bear.  That's the lot of all women.  Isn't it?  But when things don't go according to plan, Serena ends up engaged to a barbarian warlock from another country.  Who is this man who has won her hand, and yet doesn't act like the domineering men Serena has met all her life?  Is it possible that he isn't he barbarian everyone thinks he is?  If that's true, perhaps a new world has just opened up to Serena, rather than a life of slavery.  But this new world has a price, and it's own set of dangers.

My Opinion: This book draws you into an interesting and complex fantasy world of magic and politics.  Each pages draws you deeper into a world that is both intriguing and slightly macabre.  Much of the story revolves around Serena and her discoveries and development, rather than the romance.  The relationship is there, and though Zade is a great character, their relationship seems to develop on the sidelines without any real action.  Much more focus was given on a political and social commentary, rather than a romantic plotline.  Zade was a great character, and by the end I liked him much more than I did her.  She, though delving into a world she never knew existed, tended to show an immaturity and brash idealism that didn't mature.  Overall, it was an interesting book, but not what I expected from this book.

I was given a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.

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