By Mella Reese
Back Cover: Suddenly this kneeling, filthy man caused all of my attention to pivot upon him when he grabbed my hand. I was just opening my mouth to warn him that he would surely be killed...no one was allowed to touch me, Princess Nia, without permission. My protesting words were replaced with a swift intake of breath as the soldier produced a strange-looking dagger and drug it lightly over my finger.
I stared in wonderment as he gently squeezed my fingertip to produce just one red ball of blood, my blood. Then the man kneeling before me swiped the blood from my finger with his own and plunged it into his mouth.
"Your blood is now my blood. Your world is now my world. Your life is now my life," were the words he chanted..
My Review: Doesn't that last line give you the shivers? It did me. And to be honest, there were several places in the book that brought more than one emotion to the surface. I love when that happens.
When I first received this book from the author, my first impression was . . . UGH! I wasn't fond of the cover and thought maybe it was a self published work. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I've read a couple of those lately and they were filled with all kinds of problems, the biggest obstacle being I didn't want to finish them.
But then I opened NIA and was swept away in a fantasy world filled with love, suspense, danger, friendship and loyalty. I couldn't put it down and didn't. I read it in one sitting and the only thing that kept me from crying at the end (because I really, REALLY wanted it to end differently) was checking out Mella Reese's website and finding out this is the first of a trilogy. I'M SO HAPPY ABOUT THAT! I can't wait to find out what happens next in Nia's life, especially where Garreth is concerned.
I have to say that, even though I loved Nia and found her to be a strong female protagonist who can hold her own, my favorite character was Garreth. I sooo wanted more romance to happen between the two of them, but then, there is more to come, right?
This book has a little of everything for everyone. It's a good clean read and very enjoyable. I think Mella Reese is a talented writer and has done a good job creating a believable world with characters we can love and cheer for. I'll be watching for more works from Ms. Reese, especially the sequels to NIA.
I received a free copy of Nia from the author. This in no way influenced my review.