*I received an ecopy of this book from the author. This has not influenced my review.*
This book was full of unexpectedness, in the best way possible! It kept me on my toes, and I was never sure what might happen next or what new twist would be thrown at me. But they were things that always made sense and added to the tension and grippingness of the story.
One of my favorite things throughout this series has been the interesting and complex relationships among the characters, and this book added even more of that with some new characters. *SEMI-SPOILER for previous books* I missed Jorgas, but this book’s “love interest” (I use quotes because none of these books have had a typical kind of romance) had an entirely different dynamic with Reylan, as well as a different dynamic with Reylan’s asexuality, so that was cool. *END SPOILER* The other new character had a more familial relationship with Reylan and Reylan was very protective of him, but I enjoyed that too. And of course there were still some great relationships from the previous books.
The characters themselves continued to be interesting and complex too, especially Reylan. He’s really grown on me as he’s changed—or maybe just as I’ve gotten to know him better—throughout the series. I wasn’t a huge fan of him as a person in the first book, but now I’ve seen a lot more of his good side. And even his colder, more vampiric side that comes out sometimes is interesting. And Dorotha? I love Dorotha, she’s the best. ?
I also really like this portrayal of vampires. It’s kind of the classic sexy vampire, and it’s well-thought-out (as is the whole supernatural system) with some interesting elements and exactly the kind of sexy biting I love! (Although this one didn’t have any bite-filled sex scenes like the others did, just a non-bitey sex scene.)
Last but not least, I once again enjoyed (well, maybe that’s not quite the right word since it always makes me sad and feel bad for the characters) the darkness in the story. But I also enjoyed the humor scattered throughout.
I’ll wrap this up by saying I ended up reading half this book in one night because it pulled me in and I forgot I was even reading. So far, this series has only gotten better with each book, I love the complexity in the characters and plots and relationship dynamics, I love all the supernatural stuff, and I’m looking forward to continuing!
Fans of Books 1 and 2 in Christian Baines's Arcadia Trust series. Anyone who likes m/m paranormal, a fairly classic and sexy version of vampires, complex relationship dynamics, and some darkness.
More Books in the Series:
Book Review: The Beast Without (Arcadia Trust Book 1) by Christian Baines
Book Review: The Orchard of Flesh (Arcadia Trust Book 2) by Christian Baines
Book Review: Sins of the Son (Arcadia Trust Book 3) by Christian Baines
Sounds like great characters. And that they grow and change in neat ways too. Always nice! The vamps sounds pretty awesome, just how they’re portrayed.
They are great, and I love getting to see characters grow and change!
I love when a series gets better and better as it goes along. This definitely sounds like a good one!
Same! I’m definitely enjoying this one 🙂
I love when a book pulls me in and makes me lose track of time. Those are the best ones! It’s also great to hear that this one kept you on your toes and about the complex relationships 🙂
Yep, you know a book is good when you get lost in it like that!
Not gonna lie, when I first clicked to read this post read the title as Sims and got all excited about a sims post. I’m still excited for a review but Sims! This says everything about me I think. Wow, that’s high praise saying the series has only gotten better with each book. It does sound like a good series (based on this review anyway).
Oh no, I’ve disappointed you, haha. I’ll have more Sims posts eventually! But yes, I’m really enjoying this series!
It’s great when an author can create characters that we engage with but it’s even better when they grow those characters in subsequent books. I’m glad one lived up to your expectations, Kristen.
Agreed! I love getting to know characters more and getting to see them grow. Thanks 🙂