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Publisher: Kensington Books
Publishing Date: November 29, 2011
Paperback: 566 pages
Rating: 5 Stars
The Sylvermyst have a reputation as sinister cousins to the fey, and none are more mysterious than Ariyal and his tribe. To save his people from banishment, he sold himself to the evil Morgana. Finally free, he faces a new challenge: Jaelyn, an elite vampire warrior sent to capture him. By rights, he should kill her on sight. Yet he cannot bring himself to hurt her—or to resist her…
Jaelyn is stunningly beautiful, utterly lethal—and always alone. Until Ariyal. From their first encounter, she knows that what’s between them is more dangerous than simple lust. And as they unite to thwart a terrifying prophecy that will mean the end of his clan and of the world they know, she will risk everything to fulfill her destiny by his side…
The Sylvermyst are the dark cousin to the fey and servants of the Dark Lord. When the Dark Lord was banished from this realm, the Sylvermyst were banished with them. But some made a deal with Morgana La Fey to serve her so they would not be banished and would no longer have to serve the Dark Lord.
After centuries of abuse at the hand of Morgana, Ariyal is not about to let his people be mislead into releasing the Dark Lord back into this dimension. He will not bow to another master and he will do anything, including killing the child that the Dark Lord is trying to inhabit, to keep him banished.
Jaelyn is a Hunter and the Commission has hired her to catch the evil Sylvermyst. Although she also wants to stop the Dark Lord from returning, she will not allow Ariyal to kill an innocent child.
Can she go against the Commission and work with Ariyal to stop the Dark Lord without loosing her heart in the bargain?
This was a great addition to the Guardians of Eternity series. Ariyal is one hot, sexy fairy, and the scenes between Ariyal and Jaelyn sizzle. The sylvermyst are an interesting addition to the vampires and weres of this series.
We also spend some time with the vampire, Santiago, who is searching for the Weres Caine and Cassandra (who will be the focus of her next Guardian of Eternity novel). He is working with Nefri, who is an Immortal, to locate them.
Although several of her stories in this series can be read individually, we are now delving into a continuing storyline and I would say that anyone who hasn’t read the Guardians of Eternity series (and you should!) that if you don’t want to start at the beginning that you at least go back to the last book Devoured by Darkness so you don’t feel completely behind in this story.
If you like paranormal romance, you should have Alexandra Ivy’s Guardians of Eternity on your shelves.
“He’s getting away, you know.”
The disembodied voice sliced through the air a mere second before there was a whiff of brimstone and Yannah suddenly appeared directly in front of her.
Jaelyn yelped as the grabbed her shotgun and pointed it at the intruder. Her finger was ready to squeeze the trigger when she belatedly recognized the heart-shaped face and black eyes that shimmered like chips of ebony in the moonlight.
“Dammit.” Jaelyn shoved the gun back into its holster, glaring at the creature, who calmly stroked her hands down the white silk robe. “You scared the bejeezus out of me.”
“Did I?” Yannah blinked with exaggerated innocence. “I thought Hunters were trained to never be caught off guard?”
“I wouldn’t be caught off guard if you walked around like a normal demon,” Jaelyn protested in cold tones, hiding her embarrassment behind a layer of ice. It wasn’t her fault she’d allowed herself to be dangerously distracted, was it? If Ariyal would stop being a pain it the ass then she could concentrate on the important stuff. And he wasn’t the only one to blame. Yannah and her mother Siljar certainly had their share of guilt. “You should wear a bell or something. It’s no polite to just pop in front of people like that.”
Yannah arched her brows. “Well, aren’t you the fussy one?”
“You would be fussy if you were forced to play babysitter to that…” Jaelyn snapped her lips together, words failing her.
“To that delectable, gorgeous, completely edible…”
The words returned in a rush. “Tempermental, stubborn, egotistical Sylvermyst.”
“He’s a man.” Yannah shrugged. “They’re all a pain in the backside.”
Well, wasn’t that the freaking truth?
“Some more than others,” she muttered.
“I suppose so.” Yannah appeared to consider the various flaws of the male sex before heaving a deep sigh. “Still, it’s a pity.”
“You cost me one thousand latinum.”
Jaelyn frowned. Had the demon made an appearance just to mock her?
“Which might make sense if this was Star Trek and we were both Ferengi.”
“I made a bet with my neighbor, but Mother won’t allow me to wager with real money.” She wrinkled her tiny nose. “Besides, Jinns are touchy about their treasures.”
Jinn? Holy crap. Just what neighborhood did this female live in?
She dismissed the inane thought as she concentrated instead on the suspicion she was being led into a trap.
“What were the details of this bet?”
“I said you would have the Sylvermist leashed and properly house-trained by the end of the week. Maric said you would kill him before you ever reach the baby.” She pointed a finger at Jaelyn. “Neither of us thought a mighty Hunter would simply throw in the towel. It’s a grave disappointment, I must say.”
Jaelyn narrowed her gaze. Yep. Definitely a trap.