Werewolf princess Ashling Boru’s eighteenth birthday is only a year away, which means that she only has twelve months before she is claimed and fulfills her prophecy to unite the packs and lead her people. Her father decrees that her four suitors must fight in the Bloodrealms, the werewolves’ ancient underground fighting world, and the winner will have King Boru’s choice to win Ashling’s hand. The wolf laws are rigid and barbaric, and Ashling’s illicit love for Grey, if discovered, will mean his death. But when Ashling and Grey get trapped in the blood-soaked depths of the Bloodrealms, they find ancient horrors far greater than Ashling’s father’s rule.
With betrayal around every corner and old nemeses set to destroy Ashling, she is more divided than ever between the destiny she didn’t choose and the love that she did. To make matters worse, her decision will not only set the course of her future, but the future of her entire race.
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I received a free copy of this book from the author. I read Bloodmark, the first book in the saga, a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t wait to read this one to find out what was going to happen.
Ashling Boru has already been through a lot in her short life but since her father decreed that four men must fight for her hand in marriage, things have gotten crazy. Ashling already knows that Grey is the wolf who is destined to be her mate, but her father wants another suitor to be by her side. When the family and her suitors go to the Bloodrealms, a place full of evil where the fights will take place, it doesn’t look like Ashling or any of her pack will make it out alive.
Aurora Whittet has built a world that is similar to ours but also has a culture of werewolves who have their own ancient traditions and are supposed to be here to protect humans. Ashling is the fulfillment of a prophecy that the werewolves will come together and protect the humans as they were meant to.
The characters are well developed and continue to grow. Ashling, in particular, is more like an adult now than a teen, which makes sense after everything she has gone through and all that is expected of her.
Like Bloodmark, this book was difficult to put down. It is full of mystery, intrigue, horror and a couple twists. I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes young adult or fantasy books and I can’t wait to read the next one in the series!
About the Author
Aurora Whittet started out as a wild red-haired girl in Minnesota dreaming up stories for her friends to read. Mama’s Knight: A Cancer Story of Love is just the latest in a string of acclaimed works. Her first official writing endeavor became The Bloodmark Saga, featuring a werewolf princess-turned-ruler who falls in love with a human boy. Her first novel in the Bloodmark Saga, Bloodmark, came out in 2013, followed by Bloodrealms in 2014 and the final book Bloodmoon in 2016.
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