The Shadow Road (Eight Kingdoms #4) by Belinda Burke ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

theshadowroad_exlarge_PNG-180x288Title: The Shadow Road (Eight Kingdoms #4)

Author: Belinda Burke

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Cover Artist: Posh Gosh

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 01/12/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Fantasy, M/M Romance, Paranormal


Spring is dead. Summer is divided. Autumn has its darkness…and Winter waits.

In the wake of Dealla’s latest atrocity, Macsen has learned a lesson he will never forget. To love is to fear, and he intends to make sure that his fear never comes to pass. Bran is less than pleased with being left behind while Macsen hunts Dealla, but he has trouble of his own to distract him. An unknown ability is growing in him—magic that has nothing of Summer in it. Disturbed, Bran convinces Macsen to come with him to question his mother. Only she knows who Bran’s father is, and the secret half of his bloodline is the most likely source of his new power.

Elenn agrees to Bran’s request, but for her own reasons. Faelan, one of the gancanagh, is to be Bran’s guide to his father, and she has ordered him to seduce the Red King and prove his love false. Faelan has no desire to follow through, but also no choice. His queen has commanded, and he must obey.

Macsen and Bran aren’t the only lovers whose feelings are being put to the test. After five thousand years of separation, Myrddin has no choice but to accept Kas’ help in restoring the spring and its rite to the mortal world. The difficulty is that he wants Kas to desire him for himself, not out of necessity, and the whole of reality is standing in his way.

Where is the line that divides determination from desire? Love is power—but is it enough?

My View:

This series gets better and better with each new installment. The world was amazing from the very start, but it continues to evolve and the author reveals more and more with each book. I love the seasons and how each one is an entity of its own. They are so dynamic and the visuals are stunning. I can’t wait for the next book.

I LOVE how each new story builds on the previous and with that comes significant growth of each character. Macsen and Bran are changing spectacularly and I love learning new things about them. I love seeing how they open up to one another and how their love is reshaping them as men. And their love, omg there are no words! These men are so intensely romantic together but that romance is utterly rooted in their fierce sexuality and need for one another. I can feel their pull and feel their desire in every action, every word, every look. Their love guides every aspect of their beings and it is fabulous!

I enjoyed Kas and Myrrdin’s romance as well. These men are both so broken by past choices and are only starting to heal and begin anew. I am DYING to read their book.

Finally, the overarching plot line is moving along nicely. Everytime I think I know what is going to happen, the author adds a new element that makes me need more! I loved the appearance of the Arthurian legends and can’t wait to see how that will factor into the hunt. I need more of this series NOW! I need to know what happens next! But mostly, I need more of these men and I want to see how Macsen proves his love for the fourth time.

If you have not heard or or started this series, stop what you are doing and pick it up. It has quickly become one of my favorites.


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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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