Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Review - Earl of Darkness by Alix Rickloff

Every touch, every look holds danger as its promise....

Earl of Darkness (Heirs of Kilronan)
AUTHOR/EDITOR:    Alix Rickloff
INFO:    Paperback, Fiction, 341 pages
PUBLISHED:   Pocket, January 2011
ISBN#:   978-1-4391-7036-6
HOW'D I GET IT:   Received from Pocket for Review

The magic she tries to hide . . .

Born a lady, but reduced to surviving in the slums of Dublin, Catriona O’Connell has been hired to steal a mysterious book from Aidan Douglas, Earl of Kilronan. But Cat is secretly Other, an age-old mixture of Fey and human—something Aidan recognizes immediately when he surprises the lovely young burglar in his library, about to steal a magical diary.

. . . is the magic he desperately wants.

From the moment Aidan sees her, Cat’s spirited beauty enchants him, but her uncanny abilities are what he truly needs, for Cat can understand the mystical language in the diary he inherited from his murdered father. So Aidan makes an offer: translate the book or be thrown in prison as a thief. And as Cat slowly deciphers each page, she and Aidan are drawn together by passion . . . and into the violence of the Other world that is the Kilronan legacy. Can they defeat those who seek the book, or are their lives in even greater danger than their hearts?
MY TAKE:  This is the 1st in the new Heirs of Kilronan series from Alix Rickloff.  I am thrilled to have been one of the early readers of this fantastic new book.

The author has created a mystical realm full of magic, love and intrigue.  The lovely Cat is down on her luck when she takes a job to steal a diary from the dark and mysterious Earl of Kilronan, Aidan Douglas.  

The characters are very richly written and draw you quickly into their story and their lives.  You find yourself becoming the champion of one and then the other throughout the story.  I immediately liked both of them which is unusual for me as I tend to favor one side when I read romances.  The skillful blending of mystery, love story and paranormal mythology left me anxiously awaiting the next installment in the series:  "Lady of Shadows". 
MY RATING:    4.5/5

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