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More of an Adventure Novel than a Romance
Reviewed in the United States on April 26, 2021
Sylvia Mercedes is an excellent writer. Her characters are so well-drawn and multi-faceted, her world building unparalleled and unique. I enjoyed this duology deeply. This second book was not quite what I had expected, however. After The Moonfire Bride, I was expecting more romance than there actually was in The Sunfire King. This second book was more of an adventure novel. Valera encounters and defeats obstacle after obstacle on her way to save her fae king. In seeing her defeat these obstacles, the writer shows the reader just how much Valera loves her husband. I deeply enjoyed the fact that Valera fought so hard for him.
The sister bond between Brielle and Valera goes deep and this book actually focuses more on the relationship between the sisters than the relationship between Valera and Erolas. I was surprised at how deeply interwoven Brielle was into this book, but I didn’t mind it. And I do hope that Sylvia Mercedes gives Brielle her own duology (Little Red Riding Hood vibes, anyone?).
I really, really wanted to like the ending of this book more. But after Valera fought and fought and fought to simply come face to face with Erolas, I found their initial meeting lackluster, and the subsequent meetings after. There was no heat and sexual tension between them as there was in the first novel. The final scene between them I found disappointing as well. I don’t mind that the bedroom scene is off-the-page. But there should be some build up to the moment! After all, both Erolas and Valera have gone through hell to get back to one another again.
I enjoy Sylvia Mercedes’ writing always, and shall forever be her avid fan. Also, those covers, though! These may be her most beautiful covers yet! And if there was a voting contest for most beautiful cover, one of these in this duology would certainly win!