I answer to no one but Death. I am impenetrable, impervious, immortal. I exist to do Death’s bidding and no one–not Reaper nor human nor Fae–can stand in my way. Except for the bewitching half-Fae, Catriona. She swears the magic in her family passed her by, but I know better. This woman is strong. This woman is powerful. And when her abilities surge forth, no one will be able to stop the Dark Fae from coming for her. Except for me. I want to keep her close. I want to keep her safe. I want lose myself to her, again and again…
Cat has lost so much as her siblings were murdered and now all she has is her grandfather. Born of a family who attract the Fae and yet, Cat is the only one with no magic at all. So, when Fintan appears, why should she trust him and yet there's something honourable about him that calls to her. His appearance might be like no other but Fintan is smart and realises Cat could be just the leverage the Reapers need. Bran is trying to take control of the Reapers and has somehow weakened Death. If true to form, he will continue targeting Halflings, so dangling Cat seems like a good idea, or is it?
I really enjoy this spin off series although do admit at times it's uncannily like the Dragon Kings books as both have a former comrade who is now the big bad stalking them. I'm much prefer the storyline surrounding Bran though as it's fast moving whilst still having twists and turns. Finlan is no slouch but the Reapers are definitely being manipulated and Cat is front and centre part of it all. There's been so much tragedy in Cat's life that I'm surprised she is as strong as she is but she's a worthy heroine, pragmatic, brave, and open to possibilities. Seeing Finlan disclose his secrets, his pain, and history shone a whole new light on the Fae and brought home just how cruel and short sighted they can be.
Yes, plans are in motion and as Dark Alpha's Lover closes and there's hope for an old friend to find salvation but for now though it's time to let Cat and Finlan lower their barriers and enjoy some quality time together. One battle at a time because the war is still to play for!
This voluntary review is of an advance reader copy and these thoughts are my honest opinion.