Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Shalador's Lady

Woohoo!  Now that I have finished Shalador's Lady I only have one more book in the Dark Jewels series!  Shalador's Lady is the sequel to The Shadow Queen.  Please see my blog on that book for more information about the characters.

While reading this book all I could think about was how pissed off I was at Theran!  I wanted to jump through the book and slap him silly!  At the end of The Shadow Queen, Cassidy (the Rose jeweled Queen chosen to rule Dena Nehele for a year) found the treasure of the Grayhaven bloodline.  That in itself should have shown Theran that she was the queen meant to rule his home.  But no, the idiot wouldn't open his mind and pay attention to everything that was happening.  One day, Cassidy receives a visitor, from her hometown in Dharo.  Turns out this visitor is Kermilla, the annoying, young, attractive queen who Cassidy lost her previous court to (can you tell I also wanted to jump through the book and drop kick her character?).  Kermilla is visiting because she believes Cassidy owes her money.  Kermilla has a habit of spending too much money and has stacks of bills from merchant shops.  Cassidy refuses and tells Kermilla to leave.  All fine and dandy until idiot Theran walks in and sees Kermilla, or rather I should say can't see past her face to see she is the type of queen they fought to get away from.  He instantly thinks that Kermilla is the queen they should have gotten a year ago, not Cassidy.  Theran goes against Cassidy and asks Kermilla to stay as his guest.  At first Kermilla stays to upset Cassidy, but then she stays in hopes she can squeeze money out of Theran.  A distraught Cassidy figures it is pointless to try and stay as queen because Kermilla will steal her court again.  She decides to pack her things and go back to her parent's house.  Luckily for the reader, she is stopped by Ranon, a Warlord Prince and a member of her first circle.  He is able to convince her to go to Eyota, a Shalador Reserve he was raised on.  Cassidy agrees and before she knows it the entire first circle is in Eyota, proving they are there to serve.  I don't want to give away too many secrets of the story so I will say that the rest of the book revolves around Cassidy and her court setting up Queen's Residence in Eyota and Theran trying to pass Kermilla off as the queen of Dena Nehele.  Will he succeed?  Or will all of Dena Nehele fall?  You'll just have to read the book to find out more ;)

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