For her next marvelous adventure, Cole takes a side trip into the Realm of Blood and Mist to focus on the Dacians. In the timeline of Cole’s series, the events in this book appear to happen simultaneously with those of Lothaire. As is to be expected from a kick-ass Immortal Lore tale, there is plenty of bloodshed, passion and death-defying thrills. This surefire hit will liven up even the dullest afternoon.
Prince Trehan Daciano is the legendary assassin of the Dacian House of Shadows who is charged with keeping the existence of Dacia a secret. When a Deathly One named Caspion manages to leave Dacia, Trehan’s duty is to kill him. Tracking him to Abaddon, Trehan discovers not only Caspion, but half demon/half sorceress Bettina, who is Trehan’s destined “bride.” Bettina’s guardians have set up a deadly contest where a multitude of suitors must battle to the death to win Bettina’s hand — and the throne. Trehan is torn between his duty and his destiny: Unfortunately, killing Caspion, whom Bettina loves, is not likely to endear him to her. (POCKET, Dec., 496 pp., $7.99)