The Circle Unbroken (Eight Kingdoms #2) by Belinda Burke ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

thecircleunbroken_exlarge_PNG-180x288Title: The Circle Unbroken (Eight Kingdoms #2)

Author: Belinda Burke

Publisher: Totally Bound

Cover Artist: Posh Gosh

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 10/24/2014

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Fantasy, M/M Romance, Paranormal

Blurb:

A prince, a king, an oath to bind and an oath to break. Can something begun in darkness survive the light? Or does the shape of that oath define love…and the circle unbroken?

Three months have passed since Macsen Cadoc’s rescue of Bran Fionnan—three mortal months, three days in Macsen’s Red Kingdom. Bran is seeking a place for himself as sidhe, as Summer’s Prince and as Macsen’s consort, and the Red King has started to balance the thirst of his own nature with the love that now moves him just as much. Yet when Bran is reminded of an oath that was made between them when he was just a child, that which has so far held them together may end up tearing them apart.

While the strength of their love is tested, a mortal enemy is once more in motion. Focused only on their destruction, Dealla seeks to step into the place of her dead father—to rule over the Milesians and fulfill the oaths of crown and country. To do so, she must find a way to hurt two foes…one new and openly deadly, the other ancient and its enmity long asleep. Allies appear in unlikely places, armed by their own motives to seek the same destruction Dealla desires… But the price of success may be higher than the cost of failure—higher than any plot or plan allows.

What is the price of an oath fulfilled? Is love born from nothing, or does it wear a path that can be traced?

My View:

I am really liking this series. It is such a great blend of darkness and love. These beings are not your glittery Fae. They are not tricksters or lovable creatures. They are darkness and death and vengeance. And yet they love wholly and with a passion that leaps off the page. I am so fascinated by the way the author blends these characters so well.

I am also so enthralled by this world. Winter, summer, autumn, spring. The rites and rituals associated with each season and the beings lording over each kingdom. It’s so interesting and I love they way tidbits are slowly revealed yet things are still hidden so I need to keep reading to learn more. The authors has done a great job building a series that I need to keep reading.

I LOVED the way Bran and Macsen were together. Yes, there was some miscommunication angst that I normally hate, but the author made me believe it was necessary to Bran’s growth so that he and Macsen can achieve longevity. These men were so passionate and intensely tender together. I could feel the emotional tie and I hated to see them suffer. But I was happy in the end and can’t wait to see what is in store for them next.

The only issue I have with this book is that in creating the sidhe to be secretive and snarky, the author often left me feeling confused because the dialogue and parts of the story felt disjointed. Sometimes I just had to roll with it because I don’t yet understand why certain things happened as they did, why certain characters talk in riddles as they do, or why certain actions were even necessary to the plot movement. I am hoping this resolves itself in the next installments of this series. But even if it isn’t, I will still continue with this series because it is a good one!

Links

The Circle Unbroken (Eight Kingdoms #2) on Goodreads
Totally Bound
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

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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