Arianne will stop at nothing to escape life as a prostitute, even committing murder.
She’s not just the Mistress of the Maiden’s Bower brothel, but a temptress and an alchemist. Arianne creates a euphoric and addictive elixir that she uses to give pleasure or bring death. Her seductive powers are legendary, and everyone wants a piece of the beautiful, Arianne.
Lord Elkan Torrent, her regular client at the brothel, has secrets of his own. Forced to reveal what is best left unknown, he has to leave her and travel his fated path. Arianne quickly learns not everything is revealed and the truth is not always as it seems.
Running from the life she hates; Arianne avoids prosecution for her crimes and travels far across the sea to seek forgiveness for breaking Lord Torrent’s trust and spurning his love. There were rules she broke, battles she lost, and triumph in surrender.
Blind hope drives Arianne to find out the truth as she faces the uncertainty of love while he battles for his life in a never-ending war. How far will she go to assuage a broken heart? As far as the legendary land of Everclearing.
Arianne the Mistress finds out if trust can be regained, love revived, and redemption won.
My thoughts: Arianne the Mistress is the second book in the Legends of Everclearing series by Wendy L Anderson. I have been lucky enough to read all of Anderson’s work and have yet to be dissapointed. Or so I thought until I read this book in that I was dissapointed that it ended! THE STORY WAS INCREDIBLE! Honestly, I do not know how she does it.
Straight away you are introduced to the main character(s) and some absolutely fantastic secondary characters. They are described well, have their own personality and develop throughout the story. They are so real that you can’t help but love them. You feel what they feel, you worry for them and care for them, hoping and praying that their journey is safe and free of trouble. I love that the character’s arent completely pure and right. They have made mistakes, just like all of us have in the past. The author really makes you think, ‘well what would I do in that situation?’, ‘Did she do the right thing?’ and it really makes you think and somewhat justify some actions that perhaps you wouldn’t normally.
There are some characters that are absolute *insert insult here*. But again, Anderson has the talent to produce these characters that you just can’t help but hate and then again, there are some characters that you think are *insert insult here* but completely surprise you.
What I really enjoyed about this story is that it takes some unexpected twists and turns. It keeps you second guessing and at times youn end up having butterflies in your stomach, knots in your stomach, and even has you holding your breathin anticipation. There’s not much romance in this story compared to others by this author, but at the same time the whole story is fueled by love and romance. You’ll see what I mean when you read it 😉
Anderson has managed to explain the story of her first book in the series, Killian the Assassin, well within Arianne the Mistress which enables both new and old readers to enjoy the story equally without missing new readers missing out on too much (though it is definitely still recommended that you read Killian the Assassin first – and you should. He’s a dream!).
It’s out tomorrow and all I can do is recommend you read it! Seriously! I’ll post the links tomorrow!
Thanks for reading, Lizards!