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5 You're my sanctuary, my refuge Stars
"You already are, wife. You're my sanctuary, my refuge."-Brishen
Eidolon blew me away! I loved it more than book 1 and that is saying something. Where book 1 was slower and had very little action, angst, and drama; book 2 was fast pace, and full to the brim of magic, and action. Brishen really shined in this book. He was so strong and stead fast in this love for his wife, were as Ildiko was going to give him up for duty he wasn't give her up. There was tons of drama in this book as Brishen's mother the evil queen unleashed demons called the Galla on the world and they were killing everyone they came across. Poor Brishen was made King, as it was believed that his whole family was wiped out by demons.
"Do you love me, Ildiko" He forced the words from a throat closed tight. She halted and gripped his hand harder, the crescents of her fingernails digging into his palm. "With everything I am, Brishen," she said in a soft, fervent voice. "And for as long as I live. You must never doubt it."-Brishen and Ildiko
Everyone is telling him not only did he have to stop the demons by dying and becoming the wraith king, and raising an army of the dead, they want him to give up his human wife, and marry a Kai woman that can give him an heir. This rough patch in their relationship almost tore my heart out. Both Brishen and Ildiko were dealing with so much, trying to stay strong all the while they were hurting deeply and in fear of losing each other.
I hated that Ildiko was willing to give up her husband so he could be king. I understand why and I could feel her pain but I do wish she would have fought for her love from the start. I love that Brishen wasn't having any of that shit. He was willing to give up the throne before he would give up his wife. He fought for his love and for his kingdom. Even with all the bumps in the road of their marriage in this book I still loved them as a couple. Their love felt real, deep, and raw.
"I can't if you refuse to remain my wife. Will we not sacrifice enough for duty when this is done, Ildiko" He was right. Here on this high place built by a vanished race who had left their magic and their malice behind them, she finally understood something profound. While duty was the price of privilege, duty nobly fulfilled deserved requital. For what her husband was about to do, he had earned the right to keep the wife he wanted. She cupped his face and pulled him down for a hard kiss. The brass studs on his brigandine pressed into her breasts and stomach as he held her tight and kissed her back, always passionate, always careful. They ended the kiss on a shared gasp. Ildiko stared into his face, once frightening, now beloved. "It's more than enough," she said. "I will challenge anyone, Elsods and Kai matriarchs alike, for the right to remain your wife. Even you, should you change your mind."-Brishen and Ildiko
(view spoiler)[Of course they stay together, as it's found out that Bristen's baby niece is alive and the queen. (hide spoiler)] I really wished they could have had babies of their own, but I was glad that their love was enough either way. The plot of the Galla demons trying to wipe all life from the world, and Bristen and four other humans having to use magic to die an become wraith kings, raise dead to fight and seal the Galla back to were they came was awesome. It was Fantasy at its finest. Plus there was plenty of romance in the story to keep me happy. There was a side romance blooming with Anhuset and Serovek, even if Anhuset is prickly and tried to fight it. I seen that their book is next and I can't wait! I am loving this series and I can't wait to see what happens next!
"You're a fine man, Brishen Khaskem." "It's hard work remaining worthy of you, Ildiko Khaskem." "You've a velvet tongue." "That's what you said yesterday when I had my head between your-"-Ildiko and Brishen
In a bid for more power, the Shadow Queen of Haradis has unleashed a malignant force into the world. Her son Brishen, younger prince of the Kai royal house, suddenly finds himself ruler of a kingdom blighted by a diseased darkness and on the brink of war. His human wife Ildiko must decide if she will give up the man she loves in order to secure his throne.
Three enemy kingdoms must unite to save each other, and a one-eyed, reluctant king must raise an army of the dead to defeat an army of the damned.
A tale of alliance and sacrifice.