Sarah, a young soldier in the Witches War, is captured on a reconnaissance mission after trying to learn the secrets held in an enemy stronghold, but Tristan, the noble Keeper who lives there, is ultimately captivated by her.
After centuries of fighting to overcome the Keepers, witches who have embraced Dark Magic, the Searchers have hit an impasse. When their intelligence leads them to a practically impenetrable fortress off the coast of Ireland, they send Sarah, a gifted climber, in the hopes she can scale the rocky cliffs around the castle and gather even more information on what it protects. Unfortunately, she is captured by the incubus guard and is sent to be interrogated by the nobleman who lives on the remote island. Tristan has lived a lonely existence of wealth, power and privilege, so he is more intrigued than threatened by his lovely captive. Convinced he will learn more from Sarah by gaining her trust and seducing her, both emotionally and physically, than he will by torture, he goes about treating her as an honored guest rather than a detested enemy—much to the disgust of the resident incubus and succubus, who feed on negative emotions. In the end, though, it is Tristan who is intrigued and seduced by Sarah’s intelligence, courage and compassion, as well as by her egalitarian ideals—a novelty in the highly hierarchical Keeper society. After Tristan falls in love with Sarah, he must decide between the only world he’s ever known and the specter of freedom and love he glimpses through Sarah’s eyes. YA best-selling author Andrea Cremer expands her Nightshade series under the pseudonym A.D. Robertson and adds a sexual edge to the storytelling. With a Gothic, old-world sensibility mixed with modern characters, Robertson has created a bewitched fairy-tale arc complete with ancient prophecies, star-crossed lovers, a magical war and a full spectrum of enchanted creatures, and she’s introduced a well-built, spellbinding world that will captivate paranormal romance fans.
Engaging and intense—though with sexual overtones that never quite bridge into the eroticism it hints at—the book is an intriguing, sexy read.