Author: Victoria Danann
Author Website/Blog: www.victoriadanann.com
Publication Date: January 6, 2014
Summary: Duff Torquil is heir to Scotia, the kingdom of Fae, who have been at war with the Elves for two thousand years. Fae and Elves are both species who have evolved to respond to one fated lover with whom they will mate for life. Duff Torquil’s predestined mate is perfect for him in every way: beautiful, smart, polished, strong willed and a talented psychic who works for The Order of the Black Swan. The only problem is that she’s Aelsong Hawking, the only daughter of the royal house of Elves. (Source of Summary and Book Cover: Goodreads)
Rating: 4 Stars
Review: First of all, I love that the author included a “previously on Black Swan” introduction in the book to make sure readers remembered all the little moments that predicted that the story of Duffy and Song would eventually have to be in the lime light. It was a nice refresher that helped set the scene for the book.
One of my favorite things about this series is that while each book picks up where the last book left off, and all the characters are there, each book is unique and has its own mini-focus. It’s unlike any other series I’ve read.
This book is definitely a romance. The story reminded me a bit of Romeo and Juliet (star crossed lovers whose families hate each other, and are torn apart). However, Ms. Danann’s story was WAY more interesting to me than Shakespeare’s. It wasn’t overly mushy; it was a well-balanced and enjoyable romance story. There were a few unexpected twists, and a few action packed scenes, that kept the plot moving at a good pace. I also love the characters. The females are all strong in their own ways and the males are all swoon-worthy in their own ways.
This book is a fabulous edition to the series and the developments in this book make it seem likely that the next two installments will be just as wonderful.
Dates Read: January 8 - 10, 2014