This Chick Read: Eidolon (Wraith Kings Book 2) by Grace Draven

In a bid for more power, the Shadow Queen of Haradis unleashes a malignant force into the world. Her son Brishen, younger prince of the Kai royal house, suddenly finds himself ruler of a kingdom blighted by a diseased darkness. His human wife Ildiko must decide if she will give up the man she loves in order to save his throne. 

Three kingdoms on the verge of war must unite to save each other, and a one-eyed, reluctant king will raise an army of the dead to challenge an army of the damned. 

Three kingdoms on the verge of war must unite to save each other, and a one-eyed, reluctant king will raise an army of the dead to challenge an army of the damned. 

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In the first novel, Radiance, we were introduced to Breshen and Idilko.  Idilko, a human woman, and Breshen a Kai male, were used by their royal parents to bring their two kingdoms together by marriage.  They are two different races, Brishen’s living mostly in the dark, being able to see well at night, and less well during the day.  The Kai are also fierce warriors, having clawed fingers and sharp teeth.  Humans, to the Kai,  are considered very ugly, and their pale skin and slight frames appear weak to the Kai.  Even facing those obstacles, as well as the fact that there could not be any children from their union, they fell in love and made the most of their political marriage, coming to care deeply for each other.

In Eidolon, Brishen finds himself going from unfavored youngest son, to King of his people.  His mother having unleashed a horde of demons on her people, killing all in their path.  To save them, he must die, become the Wraith King and vanquish the demons.  Idilko, realizing before he does, knows that her station in his life may change because of their inability of having children together.  A lot of this book deals with how this affects their relationship. She is willing to sacrifice herself for him, possibly stepping aside, and he does not want anything to change.  The tension builds between them coinciding with the journey he must take to defeat the demon horde.

Grace Draven skillfully weaves this fantasy tale, creating a world where sharp teeth, and clawed fingers are overlooked for what lies beneath that dark exterior.  A pretty obvious parallel to our own societies racial divides.  This is one of the reasons why I love the fantasy genre.  You can use these fantasy races to creatively work through topics that may be harder to address in standard fiction.

I did like the first novel, Radiance, better than Eidolon.  I thought the relationship drama was drawn out and my interest in that topic waned.  However, I still liked these two as a couple, rooted for them and liked seeing them united against a threat to their future.

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Copyright 2016 Deborah Kehoe A Chick Who Reads All Rights Reserved


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