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.
Bloodrealms is the second novel in Whittet’s Bloodmark saga.
Firstly I would like to thank the lovely author and NetGalley for kindly providing me with a copy of “Bloodrealms” to read and review.
Ashling Boru was just getting over the trauma of being kidnapped when her father said it was time for her four suitors to compete in the bloodrealms. A tournament to find the best fighter. The three main love interests are:
1) Grey – The boy she fell in love within an instant, but whose shared love is really and truly earned by the start of this book.
2) Brychan – Ashling’s betrothed and I’d say if they end up together I wouldn’t be too outraged, Brychan’s a sweet guy, and he seems to genuinely care for Ashling.
3) Channing – Ashling’s third suitor and while he is also a sweet guy, he is a bit shallow and really loves the idea of Ashling more than who she is.
Ashling is certainly a fiery heroine and I felt she shone a helluva lot more in this instalment, which was great, she was finally coming to terms with her Destiny.
Everyone is not as they seem though, friends hide their true nature, strangers become allies and Ashling learns the meaning of loyalty to her people. The characters are so real and the pain that they are hiding is real. The pain that Ashling is going through is so real.
There are secrets, betrayals, and lots of action. The revelations and history in this book are ever-so interesting too.
Torn between duty and love, no matter which fork in the road she takes, there will be pain, but just who will she choose to love?
Bloodrealms is definitely a one of a kind, must-read for all paranormal romance lovers!