Hope dangles by a silken thread.
Araneae Nation, Book 1
When the head of the Araneidae clan is found poisoned in her nest, her eldest daughter, Lourdes, becomes their clan’s new maven. If her clan is to survive, she has but one choice: she must marry before her nest is seized. All she needs is a warrior fierce enough to protect her city and safeguard her clansmen. Such a male is Rhys the Cold.
Born the youngest son of an impoverished maven, the only things Rhys has to his name are his sword and his mercenary reputation. His clan is starving, but their fondness for the flesh of fellow Araneaeans makes them unwelcome dinner guests. Torn between loyalty to his clan and fascination with his future bride, Rhys’s first taste of Lourdes threatens to melt the cold encasing his heart.
Amid the chaos of battle, Lourdes’s sister disappears and is feared captured. Lourdes and Rhys pursue their enemies into the southlands, where they discover an odd plague ravaging southern clans as it travels north, to Erania. Determined to survive, Lourdes will discover whether she’s worth her silk or if she’s spun the thread by which her clan will hang.
Warning: This book contains one mercenary hero with a biting fetish, one determined heroine who gets nibbled, and an answer to the age-old question, “What does dragon taste like?” Matricide and sibling rivalry are available upon request. The house special is revenge, best served cold.
Review: From the first paragraph of this book I was pulled into this story and I didn’t want to put it down.
Lourdes, the oldest daughter of her clan heads, is thrust into leadership after finding her parents murdered. I loved her spunk and strong will. She could have lay down and taken what life gave her a few times but she kept fighting for herself and her people. I appreciated the fact that even though things were really not idea for her she never lost her true self.
I was in love with Rhys and them as a couple from their first scene together. The circumstances of his life made him real. The chemistry between Rhys and Lourdes was some of the best I’ve read. The sexual tension was out of this world……. literally.
Speaking of worlds, Ms. Edwards is a master world maker. The landscape only made up part of this wonderful world. Mavens rule their clans, spinners spun fine silk from their finger tips and being hand-fasted included being bitten. I’ve always loved Native American stories and to me this is a Native American story with a fanciful twist. Some of the tribe names and places were hard to pronounce but I didn’t let that stop me for enjoying this read.
The secondary characters were well rounded but didn’t overwhelm the reader. The story remained about Rhys and Lourdes while still developing interest in the other characters. I’m especially interested in learning more about Rhys’ brother, Vaughn.
This is one fantasy world I can’t wait to visit again and I’m not just saying that because Ms. Edwards is a fellow Alabamian!