Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Destined by Catriana Sommers

I was lucky enough to get a copy of DESTINED The Arcanus Series in a giveaway and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Catriana Sommers has managed to blend fantasy and love in an intriguing and unique story. I love the characters of Sarnaiel and Naliel. They're like two halves of a whole and they go through hell to be together. The world building is well-done and I'm looking forward to learning more about it in book two. I won't give away any details because the blurb is below and it pretty well describes the plot.

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Raised together, Sarnaiel and Naliel are as close as brothers could be, until the dark elf Sarnaiel decides he wants them to be something more. Only after he reveals his intentions does he learn of an arranged marriage that stands between them and their happiness. Unable to stand the idea of the one he loves with another, he vanishes, leaving Naliel alone...or so he thought.

But someone has been watching the young half elf from the shadows, and without Sarnaiel's presence he makes his move in the most brutal of ways. Naliel survives, but his mind and body are broken. Sarnaiel returns to pick up the pieces, mending and nurturing and rebuilding their bond, but once again their relationship is thwarted by the birth of Naliel's bride.

Once the source of his greatest joy, Sarnaiel becomes Naliel's torment. For Sarnaiel, when hurt, strikes back twice as hard and viciously. It doesn’t matter who it is. He almost goes too far and through that, finally learns what should be truly important to him. The oath they make that day is what seals their already unbreakable bond, and the two grow older, and wiser, together. For no matter what happens, no matter what they face, even if it's their own kin, they live by their promise:

"It was us from the beginning, and it'll be us until the end."

Content concerns: This book contains near rape, questionable consent, and moderate violence.

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