A Tale of Two Kingdoms by Victoria Danann
Series: Knights of Black Swan #6
Source: Review By Request
ARC received from the Author
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Duff Torquil is heir to Scotia, the kingdom of Fae, who have been at war with the Elves for two thousand years. Fae and Elves are both species who have evolved to respond to one fated lover with whom they will mate for life. Duff Torquil’s predestined mate is perfect for him in every way: beautiful, smart, polished, strong willed and a talented psychic who works for The Order of the Black Swan. The only problem is that she happens to be Aelsong Hawking, talented Black Swan psychic, younger sister of vampire hunter, Sir Rammel Hawking, AND the only daughter of the royal house of Elves.
After escaping together to establish a quiet obscure life away from both families and the politics of elf/fae differences, the young lovers are captured, separated, secluded, and left to die as mated pairs of their species tend to do when permanently parted. Fortunately, an angelic intervention persuades the unlikely “powers that be” to get involved.
If you love a grand mix of romance, scifi, fantasy, paranormal, tears, laugher, and complex stories – this series is right for you. 17+
impatiently waiting for the day that Duff and Song would get their moment in the spotlight… The wait was worth it, and A Tale of Two Kingdoms shines brightly among the other jewels in the Knights of the Black Swan series so far.
“I know ‘tis damn inconvenient and likely to be more trouble than I can guess before ‘tis done. But I would no’ change it. The only thin’ on Earth I’m sure of is that whatever bother comes, she’s more than worth it.”
We had been witness to the little moments throughout the series (starting in book two – The Witch’s Dream) where the forbidden love between Aelsong Hawking and Duff Torquil has been steadily building to a crescendo.
I think I’ll always be a sucker for fantasy,
intelligent female characters,
love against all odds,
strong men with soft hearts,
and it’s just my luck that The Knights of the Black Swan combines all of these elements…
I’d like to thank the Author, Victoria Danann for her forethought in including a synopsis of her previous books at the beginning! As you may know, I dislike reading series which are not completed. I read too quickly to follow a series piecemeal. By the time a new book is published, I’ve already completed upwards of 20 books since the last installment. I find myself re-reading all of the books which lead up to a new release for the sake of keeping my memory fresh. The author’s forethought in including the synopsis was a blessing. I was able to catch up with all the bits of Duff & Song’s forbidden love so far.
I’ve enjoyed all of the Knights of the Black Swan Books, and I make it a point to recommend them often. The first book in the series, My Familiar Stranger is a free eBook, and I’ve given it five stars.