Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Early Review : The Lord of Illusion (The Elven Lords, 3) by Kathryne Kennedy

Rebel Drystan Hawkes dreams of freeing England and discovers the key to opening the door to Elfhame lies with Camille, a young slave woman. Drystan sets off to rescue her and find the key that will send the dreaded elf lords away forever. But who is rescuing whom?

Kennedy certainly has a knack for building romance, creating charming male leads and developing vividly-detailed magical settings.

The series' third installment focuses on the pursuits of the Rebellion, the possibility of locating the key to Elfhame, and Lord Roden, master of glamour and illusion.

Our hero, Drystan Hawkes, travels to Dreamhame Palace to locate a woman who has continuously haunted his dreams. He knows that finding her is crucial, for reasons that he doesn't fully understand, but he also believes that they are destined to fall in love.

Our heroine, Camille Ashton, dreams only of escaping her emotionally and physically abusive life of slavery and is unaware of Drystan's existence.

Upon meeting, Drystan's hopes of love-at-first-sight are crushed once he realizes her distrusting nature and emotionally damaged state.

As the story progresses, Drystan must strive to win Camille's affections, interpret the dreams that have urged them together, and aide the Rebellion in what may be their last chance at opening the door to Elfhame and banishing the tyrannical elven lords.

I enjoyed many aspects of this story, including the talents of illusion possessed by several of the characters we are introduced to. I also enjoyed the secondary characters. Grimor'ee quickly became a favorite. 

Overall, I thought this was a wonderful addition to The Elven Lords series. My only complaint is that the story felt a little too lengthy. If it could have been condensed and some places that seemed to drag on a bit were removed, then this would have been a definite 5 star read for me.

If you enjoy paranormal romance, 
then I highly suggest that you read this series.


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