Title: Diomere’s Exile
Author: Sabrina A. Fish
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
My Rating: 5/5
Five Gates. Five Sisters. Five Very Different Men.
Once there were two worlds connected by five magical gates. Then the Gate Keepers closed the gates and disappeared. The Gate Keepers have returned. Nadia de Quinones was exiled when her nephew, the crown-prince was abducted on her watch. She’ll let nothing stand in the way of her redemption, not even discovering her heartbonded and a connection to an ancient magical gate.
Lord Gregor Cyrene is sworn to protect his country’s royal heirs. After the youngest prince’s life is threatened, Gregor sets out to discover who is responsible and suspects the answer lies with Nadia. When fate forces their competing goals to align, neither are prepared for the irresistible attraction between them.
Can they see beyond their pasts and a millennia old hate between their people? Or will they continue to distrust, allowing those plotting against them to win?
I have one word for you. Mermaids. Yes, this book had mermaids! It’s like a Disney fantasy come to life… you know, if Ariel was too busy with her very important mission while Eric tried his hardest to woo her while she fought their attraction at every turn…
Ok, it’s nothing like Disney, but MERMAIDS! (Ok I’m done… promise…)
Nadia is Mer, an a’mi (creature of magic) and in exile after the infant prince was stolen from his bed on her watch. She is independent and full of snark and sass and is hell bent on completing her goal of finding her nephew and bringing him home. After spending twelve long years in exile, she is so close to her endgame.
Naturally this is easier said than done, and naturally there are obstacles. Especially when she begins to suspect that her long lost nephew may just well be the bastard son of Thuno’s King.
Enter Gregor, best friend of crown prince Stefan and sworn protector of both royal heirs. They have an instant connection, one Gregor is not easily convinced to give up on.
Nadia is as sassy as she was frustrating. But that’s what we want in a romance right? We can’t have it be too easy can we? Or course not! Nadia has many close held secrets and will not allow herself to be with Gregor while he is so in the dark as to what those secrets are. Yet, in the same vein, she is not willing to share them. But don’t worry even Nadia has her moments of weakness and gives in to some steamy love scenes. Gregor is kind of dreamy.
Gregor, unbeknownst to Nadia has long held a fascination with the a’mi and quickly falls head over heels for the woman who seems determined to deny herself any kind of true happiness. Gregor might just be the man for her, if only she let her guard down and let him in.
Secrets, lies, magic, love, lust and betrayal made for an excellent read. Recommended.