Author: Lexi Ander
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Rating: 4 stars
Type: Novel in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Tristan has agreed to bond with Ushna, but there is still much to do and returning to Tribe Enkidu puts everyone on edge. Tristan is being stalked like prey, all the while fighting depression as he mourns the loss of Nikita, and enduring a battle of wills with the Elder Council over his birthright. The pleading of his adoptive daughter only adds still more stress to the situation.
Stumbling onto a secret prison while searching for Ushna leads Tristan to risk everything to free a lost God. But breaking the tie to his Flame has more repercussions than Tristan knew and the assistance of a forgotten Goddess and a centuries old lover may not be enough to save him.
Review: I feel like I just had a bucket of new information dumped on my head. I don’t really know where to start, or stop, but here goes. A hugely pregnant Tristan has to visit Bahbelle for the sentencing of Craig Stoiler’s gang. Everyone seems to think this is a little ill advised. Tristan wants it over and done with so once the babies are born he and Ushna can get on with their lives. Tristan also wants to take care of Theo’s will. Again, so it will be over and done with. Things in Bahbelle are not exactly hunky dory. The Council is… less than thrilled with all they learn about Tristan and Ushna. The attempt on Ushna’s life has Tristan losing his cool. Now the bad guys know Tristan is the rightful heir to the throne and hugely pregnant. Seriously, it takes work to hide a hugely pregnant man. With a growing sense of desperation and fear Tristan and Ushna bind themselves together. With plans to leave the next morning, Tristan finds himself convinced Ushna has been kidnapped. Tristan walks into a trap. I can’t say nothing good happens, ’cause good happens, but Tristan does not fare well by any stretch of the imagination. Ushna witnesses Tristan being buried in the ground. Okay, that sounds worse than it is. It’s kind of a situation that needs Miracle Max. But anyway, Tristan is reunited with Nikita/Brian and learns a whole heaping helping of new information.
Okay, I’m ready for the next book. Really. What is coming next? Whereas the events of this installment had been brewing, this book changed things for the series. What was once the story of a couple is now the story of three men. In addition to that, a whole lot of paranormal stuff happens. What I really loved was some concrete answers. We know Daniel is a total creep and always has been. We don’t know what he is or how he does it, but we know what all he’s been involved in. We also finally learn what at least one of the Gods is up to. Tiamat has some plans. Tristan, Ushna, and Nikita are vital to their success.
I’m impressed at the sheer level of information in every installment of this series. Each book has left me stunned with all I’ve learned. I seem to always have enough questions answered to be satisfied but enough new questions raised to give me something to stew on until the next installment. Given that some of the major themes of this series are not normally things I read, I suspect that’s what has me coming back to this series again and again. I need to know what is going on!
I am being deliberately vague here. Really significant things happened in this book. I can’t stress that enough. Things I don’t want to spoil. That I was willing to spoil what appears to be a Mostly Dead situation but not these other things should be a clue as to how important I think they are. Plot lines that began in book one are coming into play. And other stuff, too! Yeah, okay. I’m excited and trying to not give away the plot.