Dark Side of the Sun (Eight Kingdoms #1) by Belinda Burke ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

darksideofthesun_exlarge_PNG-180x288Title: Dark Side of the Sun (Eight Kingdoms #1)

Author: Belinda Burke

Publisher: Totally Bound

Cover Artist: Posh Gosh

Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 05/06/2014

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Fantasy, M/M Romance, Paranormal


An ancient pact was once broken by the theft of Summer’s Prince. Now, the Red King has found him. To live, to love, they seek the dark side of the sun…

A thousand years ago, Milesian invaders gained ownership of Ireland from Summer’s Queen through trickery. Since that day, the green isle’s native sidhe have been imprisoned in their hidden kingdom, bound by their ancient pact with the Milesians.

Now, the treaty has been violated. The Milesians have stolen Bran Fionnan, the son of Summer’s Queen. Trapped in the human world with no way of returning home, Bran is held under a death threat that forces him to work for his captors. He must forge weapons the Milesian huntresses can use to slay their new foe: the Red King.

The Red King is Macsen Cadoc, a vampire—a hunter who cannot stand being hunted. He seeks vengeance for the Milesian attacks in spilled blood—Milesian blood, and the blood of the sidhe traitor who has forged their weapons.

When the one he finds is a victim, not a traitor, everything changes.

Bran Fionnan is the Milesian’s most valuable prize, but from the moment Macsen sees him, he wants him…and the Red King is not accustomed to being denied—by anyone. What begins with desire may end in extraordinary ways, but first there are questions that must be answered.

What is love? Can it help Bran overcome lost ties and a lifetime’s worth of anger? Can it help the Red King gain more than the satisfaction of his lusts?

My View:

Wow this world was amazing. The Eight Kingdoms series is a great take on the sidhe and the seasons and I am hooked. It was dark yet not gruesome even though some aspects were bloody. There was an old world feel complete with traditions and a formality that was perfect for these characters. I can tell this series is going be complex and am looking forward to watching it develop.

The Red King was one of a kind. I wanted to dislike him because he was arrogant and wicked but I couldn’t bc he was also unwittingly kind and loving. He had this strangeness to him that was totally alluring. I can’t wait to learn more about him.

I do wish there was more details on the nature of his bond with Bran because I didn’t understand the love portion. It felt very forced and even though the words were there, the reason was not. I totally felt their lust connection but I never understood why it was love and not just the mysterious bond. I am hoping this is answered in the next book!

I am eager for more about this world and the eight kingdoms. I want more of Macsen and Bran and I need to know what happens next!


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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