For centuries, the people have lived under the protection of their so-called Dark Lord. Now, with news of his death reaching the quiet village of Everdark, rumour whispers that his son, Lucias, is hunting for a mistress to beget him an heir.
Seventeen-year-old Clara doesn’t put much stock in village gossip until she finds herself forcibly taken to the Lord’s fortress. Escape is not easy. She has no way out and, against a man with magic, little chance of fighting back. But the Lords are still men and the death of Lucias’ father is proof that they die just the same. And yet, if Lucias dies heirless, his army will be free to terrorise the land.
Such is the goal of Lenora of Ne’ermore, an old enemy and ex-prisoner of the kingdom. She is sending a man to slaughter Lucias and, to ensure there’s no chance of an heir, his mistress must die as well.
Caught between regaining her freedom or losing it for the good of the kingdom, Clara struggles to decide her path before certain death breaches the gates.
Dark One’s Mistress is a novel that gives you a charming dark romantic story, and it also offers intriguing details that you’ll want to know as you read it.
Clara lives an unhappy but straightforward life because of her mother’s way of treating her. On her way home, she was taken by unknown men and was brought to a place where the Great Lord resides. There, she will discover that he needs an heir, and to be able to do that, he needs to pick one who will be his mistress, which unfortunately was her.
This novel might be slow from the start, but eventually, it will pick up as soon as the Great Lord is introduced here. The plot and twist are very unique. I like how the Great Lord has such power to control and protect the kingdom.
The main character, Clara, is the kind of girl you’ll like. She is brave, protective, and deep inside caring even if she doesn’t show it much. Also, if she barely knows the person, she didn’t think twice about helping him, and even if her mother always hit her, she didn’t like her to suffer or get hurt.
And of course, the reason why I love this novel is that of Lucias! He is the kind of leading man that you’ll enjoy, and you’ll like to be with you every day. We also have the same favorite colors, which are black and red.
The characters’ development was slow, but I like it though I want to know more about Lucias and the history of the other great lords.
Nevertheless, this one is an excellent and fast read as I finished it only for one day. I’m looking forward to reading the next book as it leaves me kind of hanging and wanting more at the end. Recommended for fantasy and romance lovers out there!
Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the author via YA Bound Book Tours.
Publisher: Thardrandian Publications
Publication Date: October 31, 2016
Series: Dark One’s Trilogy, 01
Genre(s): Fantasy, Gothic Romance
Mother. Animal lover. Vampire. Fangirl.
Aldrea Alien is a New Zealand author of romantic speculative fiction of varying heat levels.
She grew up on a small farm out the back blocks of a place known as Wainuiomata alongside a menagerie of animals, who are all convinced they’re just as human as the next person (especially the cats). She spent a great deal of her childhood riding horses, whilst the rest of her time was consumed with reading every fantasy book she could get her hands on and concocting ideas about a little planet known as Thardrandia. This would prove to be the start of The Rogue King Saga as come her twelfth year, she discovered there was a book inside her.
Aldrea now lives in Upper Hutt, on yet another small farm with a less hectic, but still egotistical, group of animals (cats will be cats). She still hasn’t yet found an off switch to give her an ounce of peace from the characters plaguing her mind, a list that grows bigger every year with all of them clamouring for her to tell their story first. It’s a lot of people for one head.