In one such land, where night reigns and demons dwell, the half-incubus Sebastian revels in dark delights. But in dreams she calls to him: a woman who wants only to be safe and loved - a woman he hungers for while knowing he may destroy her. And an even more devastating destiny awaits him, for an ancient evil is stirring - and Sebastian's realm may be the first to fall.
©2007 Anne Bishop; (P)2009 Penguin
If you like alternative world-style fantasy, then this is a decent book.
There were some pretty silly and humorous moments in the beginning part of the books, because the writer mainly couldn't decide if she was going for romance or fantasy. In the end, she tipped over to fantasy and focused on the world rather than the characters.
You would think that it would be a rather risque book having an incubus as the main character, but the romance were barely PG, so if you are looking for something a little more racey, this book won't deliver that for you.
I was torn between a 3 and a 4 rating. I would give it a 3.5 if I could. I would give it a 4 for the world she created but a 3 on character development. In the end, I really wanted to like Sebastian but wound up not caring what happened to him in the end. His lover was not likeable at all. Belladonna outshown the main characters which leads me to believe the second book might be better.
Holter Graham does a great job narrating the book - as always.
This story drags along. I am amazed by some of Anne's books. However, this one fell flat for me.
Of all Anne Bishop's series this is the one that has my favorite central idea.
It's truly a beautiful thing in itself.
The Black Jewel series is easier to follow and figure out than this one...is special.
(Though I only listened to book 1 so far)
The narrator is good but too theatrical so sometimes the words narrated are too quiet.
I prefer Jon Sharian (the Black Jewel series' narrator).
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