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So I Married A Sorcerer by Kerrelyn Sparks
Series: The Embraced #2
Published by St. Martin's Press on August 29,2017
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Growing up on the Isle of Moon, Brigitta knows nothing of her past, except that she is Embraced: born with powers that forced her into hiding. Everything changes when she learns she’s a princess, hidden away from her villainous half-brother who now rules the kingdom. But he knows about Brigitta, and he’ll do anything to get her back. Unless a certain roguish pirate has anything to say about it…
Rupert is both an infamous pirate and a sorcerer with the power to harness the wind. He’s been waiting nineteen years for revenge—and he needs Brigitta to get it. What begins as a kidnapping of the fiery beauty turns into a fierce attraction. But can he win the captive princess’s heart?
To think I used to say I didn’t like fantasy, especially historical fantasy. Of course, The Embraced series is not your typical historical fantasy, because it is also paranormal romance. I was sent the original book, How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days by the publisher. What a happy surprise it was! I stalked the next, So I Married A Sorcerer for months! Then I was nervous to read it, because what if it wasn’t as good?
Have no fear, it’s great! The fascinating world with its kingdoms and the Embraced people continues to expand. It all starts with the sisters who were raised in the convent, who continue to learn more about why they were there. I love these characters and this classic good versus evil. The evil characters are a bit cliche, being horribly bad. The good characters are more realistic and we come to know them better. They are kind and compassionate; they fight within to make the best choices, for others rather than just themselves.
Everyone struggles with their past as this is not an easy time period to live. The paranormal parts and magic are, of course, fiction and a bit fluffy. The relationships are more of a focus than the battles. Those relationships and the feelings of the people are realistic enough.
The stellar world-building, the characters’ relationships of all types, not just the romance would keep me reading, but the icing is the humor. Also for the historical setting, these are strong women who are brave and smart, which is what I want. I’ll definitely be tracking Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon projected for next March.
With a shrug, Jeffrey stuffed his hands into his pockets. “The nun said they were going to be ravished.”
“What?” The captain said to the boy.
Jeffrey’s eyes widened. “What does it mean?”
Landers gritted his teeth. “Never mind about that for now.”
The boy’s shoulders slumped as he muttered, “That’s what they told me, too.”
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- Anne: 2017 New Release Challenge