It is 1810 somewhere in the chaos of war-ravaged Napoleonic Portugal. Miss Charlotte Everslea, dedicated member of an ancient secretive Guild and skilled paranormal artefacts hunter, is hot on the trail of a madman who has stolen an arcane book with the power to change the course of history. Unfortunately, a reversal of fortune for the British troops has left her trapped behind enemy lines pursued by thieves and kidnappers.
Colonel Maximillian Bladewood is used to giving orders and having them obeyed, both on and off the battlefield. As eldest of the large untidy Bladewood brood, life has equipped him for most of its vicissitudes, or so he believed. But the petite golden-haired hoyden, to whose accidental intervention he owes his life, challenges both his authority and his sanity.
Their cross-purposed journey is further exasperated by their mutual, undiscussed attraction and an eventual crossroads where one or both of them will need to compromise is looming.
Readers of Jayne Ann Krentz and Mary Jo Putney will feel right at home.
It feels like it’s been a long time since I’ve read any historical fiction (or really much of anything at all, thank you holidays), but this was the perfect book to pull me back in. I don’t know much about the early 1800s, but the Napoleonic era came to life in Charlotte and Maximillian’s story. The dynamic between the two main characters was fairly standard for romance heavy stories, but to worked wonderfully within the world Lyonn’s has crafted for her readers.
In the dawn of The Rebirth Period, a new species of humans dominates the Earth.
In their second year of life, they experience the Luminescence and awaken to a mystical ability. Except one. Her name is Rayne.
In a society whose values and manners are as refined as the language they speak, her peers mock her because she has no higher ability. In the early hours of her 17th birthday, she experiences a night which will change this.
As her new reality brings adventure and peril, Rayne is desperate to learn the purpose of her power. Rejected by her Colony, she must hide the truth of what is happening to her. Though she finds friends from unexpected sources, Rayne finds herself hated and even more of an outcast when she’s involved in an accident which turns deadly. As her world unravels, everything she thought she knew about the Luminescence and society is changed, and she must uncover the truth on her own.
There’s little I love more than the chance to binge a series so when I saw two books in the Rayne Trilogy up on NetGalley, I couldn’t resist. I’m not sure how I feel about the covers, but the story itself hooked me from the first chapter. The world building was really fantastic and unlike anything I had read before. I’m already excited to dive into book two!
Rayne’s journey isn’t an easy one, but you’ll find yourself rooting for her throughout. At first she only has to deal with not having an ability like everyone else in her society, but things go from bad to worse pretty quickly.
I loved the concept of a new type of human living here on Earth in the future, and think everything came together really nicely.
Now, on to book two!