Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It seems like I'll be reading everything the team of Ilona Andrews writes, EVEN IF the first glance doesn't really strike me as something I'd love.
Like... Wut? Another paranormal romance? Look at that cover. *chokes on a laugh*
No! Please! No more!
And yet, this old big bad of Kate Daniels and his new bride still struck a nerve. Hugh grew up with the same crappy "father" as Kate, with all the blood magic and crappy parenting and world-crushing (literal) ethos that comes with Roland.
This is not that story, although some elements do show up in spectacular fashion.
Rather, this is a medieval-ish story of a lord and a lady who are both the masters of their domain, who hate each other, but who have married for the sake of alliance. Add a bit of Cthulhu-horror magic, raiding parties between the cycles of tech/magic in the world, fluffy pastries, and a hot romance that swings from hate to passionate love in all the grand traditions, and I've pretty much summed up the whole book.
Really. It's the journey. Not the end. :)
Oh... wait... it IS a paranormal romance! *laugh*
And you know what? I don't care. I'm hooked.
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