Allene Whelan is trapped in the True Kingdom, held captive by their cruel leader Macsen. It’s her job as the newest Raven Knight to assassinate him by any means necessary. As a sylph whose greatest weapon is her body, that means seducing him…all the way to the grave.
But the closer Allene gets to Macsen, the more she realizes he’s being played by a crueler enemy: Morgause, the manipulative sidhe he regards as mother. And Macsen doesn’t seem interested in hurting Allene. The closer they grow, the less she wants to kill him.
Trapped by passion in a shadowy labyrinth of lies, Allene forces Macsen to make a choice. Does the Priest of Skulls want to rule through death, or through love?
My initial reaction when I finished Priest of Skulls was – GAH! I suppose now I need to take the time to write a semi-coherent review without giving anything away. #EvilAuthor #CanYouSayCliffHanger
I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone who hasn’t started this series, so if that’s you – STOP here. Also, this is not a great place to start The Raven Knight Saga. If you’ve already read (and survived) Knave of Blades, you’ll totally understand. Just an FYI – this book does not end with our characters in any better circumstances than they were at the end of the first book. In fact, things are even more bleak – hence the GAH!
Allene should be terrified to be in the clutches of the enemy. She had planned on facing them – especially Macsen – but on her terms. The thing is, she feels safe with Macsen and eventually strangely protective of her captor. To make things even more complicated, another tarot card shows up and the Priest of Skulls has a striking resemblance to Macsen.
As crazy as it sounds, I found myself sympathizing with Macsen. He’s torn between his loyalty to Morgaues and his growing feelings toward both Allene and Leander.
Unsurprisingly, things get a little crazy, which is putting it mildly. Leander has no idea what’s going on and how much danger Allene is in and Keane spends a lot of his time talking him down. They have no idea that she not only considers herself safe, she’s not ready to leave Macsen’s side. That doesn’t mean that her feelings for Leander have changed, if anything, they’ve grown. Obviously, there’s a lot more going on than just a simple kidnapping and when the true plan is revealed… GAH!
So… as usual with any of this author’s books, I’ll be waiting not so patiently for the next book in this saga. There are more questions need answering, more smexiness to be had, more characters to get to know better, and a prophecy that needs to be broken… GAH!
Just so you know, it’s not unusual for this author to reduce me to using one syllable words or writing rambling reviews. If you haven’t checked out any of S.M. Reine’s books yet, you need to delve into the Decentverse for yourself. I personally started with Seasons of the Moon, but you can start anywhere… as long as you start. Visit SM Reine’s website to check them all out. You can thank me later 😉