Synopsis:Milla Vane returns to a world of kings, magic, and passion in her exhilarating A Gathering of Dragons series, as a great alliance forms to stand against an evil warlord intent on their destruction.
Danger lurks in the western realms. The Destroyer’s imminent return has sent the realms into turmoil as desperate citizens seek refuge—but there’s no safety to be found when demons and wraiths crawl out from the shadows. Even Koth, a northern island kingdom left untouched by the Destroyer a generation past, is besieged by terrors spawned from corrupt magics.
When Lizzan leads the Kothan army against these terrors, only to see her soldiers massacred and to emerge as the only survivor, she is called a coward and a deserter. Shunned from her home, Lizzan now wanders in solitude as a mercenary for hire, until she encounters a group of warriors seeking new alliances with the northern kingdoms—a group that includes Aerax, the bastard prince of Koth, and the man who sent her into exile.
Though they were childhood friends, Aerax cannot allow himself to be close to the only woman who might thwart his treacherous plan to save their island realm. But when a goddess’s demand binds them together, Lizzan and Aerax must find a way to overcome their painful pasts. Or there will be no future for the western realms…
Review: was so excited when Berkley sent me an eARC of this book on Netgalley in exchange of an honest review. I loved the first installment of this series and could hardly contain my excitement for the second. I was very worried going into this because I loved the first book and set of characters so much, and I knew going into this one it followed a whole new cast of characters. Almost immediately I realized that I was worried for no real reason. I loved this one as much, if not more than the first. There is something about this series that is just everything I want. The world is vast and intriguing. The romance is some of the best I have seen. The writing is simple enough to be digestible, but full of beautiful quotes and moments.
Aerax is a FANTASTIC love interest. He may be one of the more sweet and gentle men I have come across in the fantasy romance genre and I found myself just wanting more and more of him. Lizzan is our strong female soldier who has had such a rough past, but is so relatable. I found her to be the best mixture of tender and caring mixed with badass and strong. The two together have this INCREDIBLE chemistry and creates one of the best romances I have ever read.
I loved our cast of side characters as well. I am a sucker for a band of people going on a mission and this is exactly what this group was. They all had their own opinions and feelings about each other and the situation they were in, however they stayed strong together and had each others back no matter their history.
Overall this was an easy 5 star rating for me and this is creeping up on my list of all time favorite series. If you are a sucker for a truly epic adult fantasy romance series, this is it. I have yet to read anything that comes close to this within the genre.