This is the first book of Rayanne Haines that I've read. It will not be the last!
I absolutely love Maria! She is the epitome of a modern woman. Strong, beautiful, kind, loving, free-spirited, thoughtful, generous as she is headstrong and powerful. Powerful enough to meet Neeran, the King of the Parthen head on and knock him down a few pegs. As a child of the eighties, I totally think she is my daughter stolen at birth. (Why they took her and not one of the others....that is a different story)
This story is full of twists and turns. There are webs of lies so thick you wonder if the makers of these webs are not going to be caught within them as well, yet they manage to escape. The one constant in Mar's life is Neeran. I love how Haines takes what is least expected and turns it into something powerful. Takes a darkness and turns it into a light.
The entire cast of characters intrigued me. I want to know more about each of them, especially Glenn and his hot pink track suit! Please continue to write more in this amazing series.
Though Mar absolutely knows she doesn’t want Neeren, King of the Parthen. She alone sees the darkness in him and it reminds her too much of the past. She knows better than to fall for his stoic, tortured soul façade.
She’s training to be a Guardian, a shadow; tasked with keeping the balance between good and evil in the world. It’s what she wants—to be better than her family was.
But the past has a way of catching up to Mar and the future has a morbid sense of humor. On her first mission, she’s kidnapped by the enemy she’s been running from her entire life. Thankfully the guardians look after their own. As it turns out, so does Neeren.
As Mar finds herself caught between the past and the future; between blood and bond; between the light and the dark, she realizes her only chance at surviving may be in trusting a man who is the most dangerous of them all.
Rayanne Haines grew up on a small horse ranch in Alberta. She spent most of her youth re-enacting scenes from Anne of Green Gables to attentive audiences that included pygmy goats and roan stallions. The horses were thrilled. Her father could never figure out why it took her three hours to clean the barn.
Her mother is an avid reader and instilled a love of literature in her at a young age. She has always been fascinated with learning people’s stories.
She has a fondness for mountains and rivers and all the creatures that live within them.
She believes in magic and the search for great love. She loves to write about strong women who will accept nothing less.