Happy Saturday y’all! I’m so excited to share Laura Thalassa‘s newest book, a companion novella to The Bargainer series told exclusively from Desmond’s POV. If like me you have been dying to get your hands on Dark Harmony which doesn’t come out for a while yet, The Emperor of Evening Stars will tide you over and give some insight behind the mysterious King of Night.
I received this book via the author, Laura Thalassa. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.
Series: The Bargainer #2.5
Published by Lavabrook Publishing Group on 2017-10-15
Length: 186 pages
Reviewing eARC Rating:
Reading Challenges: 2017 New Release Challenge
In the beginning, there was darkness.
Before he met Callie, before he became the Bargainer, there was Desmond Flynn, the bastard son of a scribe. A boy born to a weak mother, cursed with little magic, and destined to marry a slave.
But fate had something else in mind.
Till darkness dies.
From the barren caves of Arestys to the palace of Somnia to the streets of earth, this is how Desmond Flynn, a fairy who began with nothing, became the Emperor of Evening Stars.
Oh Desmond *swoon* The Emperor of Evening Stars by Laura Thalassa is everything I wanted and didn’t know I needed from The Bargainer series. Told exclusively from the King of Night’s perspective, this novella is a glimpse into the life of Des, before and after Callie entered it.
Des is my favorite male character written by Laura Thalassa (sorry Pluto ?). So getting a novella from his POV was, to say the least, exciting. Des is a complex character that I don’t think I understood fully until reading this book. I knew that like Callie he was a tortured soul. But I don’t think I got just how tortured he was. This is a man who witnessed the death of his mother and killed his own father….why didn’t that register with me until now?! Everything Des does is in direct contrast to his father. He wants to be his opposite. Where his father was cruel, Des wants to be just. He has built his kingdom on the ashes of his father’s barbarity.
I think the reason I loved this novella so much is because as the reader I got to see some of my favorite scenes from the perspective of Des. All the stories he’s shared with Callie (even a few Malaki shared) from Des’s perspective. This helped to flesh his character out, not that he wasn’t already, but it does help in understanding his motives. There is even the story of how he became the Bargainer which I think I fell in love with the boy more (which I didn’t think possible) after reading it!
Overall I loved this novella! I loved seeing Des in a new, vulnerable light. I loved the scary parts and the hurt parts and the all-consuming love parts. This is a man who would die for those that love him and his thirst for vengeance hasn’t quite been quenched yet. While there is no new information, fans of the series will love Des’s story.
Well it’s the second Saturday of the month so it’s time to announce the winning book for October. Thank you to all that voted! The book I’ll be reading from my TBR shelf this month is….
The Lie by C.L. Taylor! I’ll admit I’m a little nervous to read this one. Thrillers are not my favorite. I don’t like to be scared 😉 Check back in a couple of weeks for my review. Thanks for voting 😀