Author: Jean Johnson
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Berkley (May 6, 2008)
From the back of the book:
Eight brothers, born in four sets of twins, two years apart to the day - they fulfill the Curse of Eight Prophecy. To avoid tempting Destiny, the brothers are exiled on Nightfall Isle, where women are forbidden. But when the third-born brother is taken by a powerful and beautiful mage, he wonders if she is the Prophesied Disaster, his foretold wife-to-be...
Kidnapped and taken captive by slavers, Dominor is sold to a lovely mage, who promises him freedom. But Lady Serina has plans for Dominor - to reenact a Tantric mating ritual in order to reverse a spell cast centuries ago. Dominor agrees to help, but doesn't suspect the secret she hides: There is more to this magical mating than she has revealed.
Once the ritual is complete, he will be returned to Nightfall. But when Serina's secret finally shatters, exposing the truth behind the misunderstandings now separating them, Dominor is determined to retake possession of the woman who is his Destiny ...
Dominor was captured in the first book, and was absent for the second, so he didn't get to see his brother Wolfer get married, and he missed his twin Evanor getting wounded. I like how this book takes place somewhere other than Nightfall, I mean yes these brothers are in exile, but I really enjoyed the fact that in order to find his bride Dominor had to go somewhere else.
When the ship Dominor was on was over taken by Natallian's, the female version of the Mandarites, all the people on the ship were taken to auction, to be auctioned off as slaves. It was mighty hand that Serina was at market at the time, looking for a male mage.
Serina is the Guardian to a group of Nuns, she is currently working on restoring the balance between two groups of magic. For this to happen, she needs to find a male mage. When the slave auction begins she notices Dominor and pulls out all the stops to buy him.
Dominor is angry at being bought, and Serina just wants to do this bit of magic and send him home. However all is not as it seems, Dom realizes that Serina needs him, not just for the ritual, but to take care of her. It is a new feeling for him, something he particularly likes. He realizes as time goes on that she is his destined mate, and that he will stop at nothing to have her.
When Dominor learns that his twin has been wounded badly, he wants nothing more then to return home and help find a healer for him. Luckily for both brothers, there is a healer at the Nunnery who might be able to help, but it will take her some time to get ready.
I really liked this book, a lot. I liked how Dom and Serina both butted heads, her stubborn because she just wanted to get the ritual over and done with and because she was afraid that he would think she was entrapping him. Him stubborn because he thought she didn't care, and he was going to make her care one way or the other.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5