The picture I am getting in my head in Dark Magic is of knights and castles and a very medieval sort of place where women are there to look pretty, do lovely ladylike things, and to bare children. Princess Devon, however has always had other plans, finding ways to expand her horizons through books from her fathers well stocked library.
Devon is a princess stuck in a tower. Ok, no, not the Rapunzel style sort of tower, but it may as well be. Her father, King Wilfred has shoved her up in her room, with her nursemaid/guard looking after her, ensuring that Devon doesn’t get into any mischief, and especially not mischief of the male variety! Her father plans on having her marry into a noble family, thus forming an alliance, however he is taking his own sweet time deciding where she would be more useful. Alas now his time has run out, the castle has been under siege for two weeks, and the king is considering bargaining with the barbarians, offering his daughter in exchange for peace.
There is no way out for anyone, however, someone manages to find their way in, and not just into the castle grounds, but directly into Devons bedroom!
Galladar appears in Devon’s room, and soon shows himself to be something more than your average mysterious, sexy male. He has magic, appearing and disappearing as he wishes, and has captured Devon’s interest, stopping her from calling for her guard.
Galladar introduces Devon to her sexuality, and shows her how to find pleasure in anothers body, without having to lose her virginity.
They end up talking and Galladar reminds Devon of a legend, where a dragon saved a castle under siege, and all it took was a beautiful virgin sacrifice! Devon decides this is something she could do to save her people from the horrors that await them when the Barbaric Lubantans break through into the castle, instead of being forced into their clutches at the hand of her father. So off she goes in search of the dragon in the legend. Mmm Dragons!!!
I am not going to tell you any more of what happens, as it is quite a short book, and I wouldn’t want you to know too much.
I rather like Devon. She doesn’t want to just be a princess that sits and looks pretty. She has a bit more substance to her, has a fiery temper, and is interested in philosophy, and science, amongst other things.
Galladar is quite the mystery. He is dark, and handsome, and there is something about him that just pulls Devon in despite him being a stranger, and having magic, something she has been taught is evil. We don’t know a great deal about him at all really, and in a weird way it makes him all the more interesting.
I have quite enjoyed Dark Magic. Although there isn’t masses of back story and detailed world building, (I guess there isn’t really time for it in a short story) there is enough of it to give you a good impression of things. It’s not a rip snorting read, that had me glued to my seat, but I had no problem picking it back up (which is not always the case, trust me!) and was happy with how it concluded. It left me wanting to know what happens in the next book, which is always a good thing for a new series.
BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER
- Dark Magic
- Shattered Magic
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