Fantasy Romance, Demons
Paperback $14.99 (260 pages, ENTANGLED)
In one night, Ravyn’s life plunges from barely tolerable to deadly. Forced to flee the only home she’s known, she stumbles headlong into the clutches of Icarus, a powerful demon intent on stealing her powers. Unfortunately for him, she has no intention of cooperating.
When Rhys realizes the woman he’s rescued from the Bane Demon is no mere human, his obligation as a Bringer dictates he protect and train her in the ways of his people. But he’s unprepared for the intense desire he feels for the fiery Ravyn. To surrender to his need may mean her death.
As the Demon King's desire for ultimate power escalates, fathers are slated against sons, and foes are made allies. The Bane threat upon them, Rhys and Ravyn must quest to unite the last of the Bringers—and explore a passion too powerful to ignore.
Author Site: boonebrux.com
A little flawed but not bad... (3 stars)
While the blurb does a pretty good job of conveying the basic overall plot of SHIELD OF FIRE, I do feel like it doesn't quite fit it either. From the first page I got the feeling this story really wanted to be a fantasy more than a romance. The world that Brux sets up is a little weakly built but I have a feeling that the next book will develop it more, there just wasn't a lot of opportunity to do it organically in this one.
Putting the fantasy world aside, the romance is pretty good. A protective hero who fights against his feelings with good reason and a heroine who starts out innocent but determined make for a good pairing. I actually disliked Ravyn at first but found that the stronger she became in her pursuit of Rhys, the more I admired her. I loved that even in other areas of her life she was brave enough to fight for what she felt was the best course of action instead of bowing out to Rhys' ideals. Not to spoil anything but I really loved the scene when they finally come together and how it was initiated. Kudos to Brux for this one!
What ultimately has made me regretfully give this only an 'okay' rating was that I just didn't feel satisfied. I wanted more world building and to understand the Bringers better so I could get behind the overall theme of the series. The romance was good but again, I felt like there was more development that could have been done, specifically regarding Rhys. I didn't feel like I knew him well enough by the time he was coupled up with Ravyn. I tend to be needy in regards to backstory with heroes since it's usually easier to relate to the heroine as a female reader.
Overall, an okay fantasy romance and a decent place to start a series. I couldn't quite rate it higher since I felt so ambivalent about it when I finished but I look forward to reading the next one very much!
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Notes: Review copy received via publisher.