Release Date-May 26th 2017
Publisher-Lavabrook Publishing Group
Kindle Edition-324 Pages
Siren and soulmate to the King of Night, Callypso Lillis survived the clutches of Karnon, the mad king, and his twisted prison. But the nightmare isn’t over. Callie wears the physical reminders of her time as a captive, and mounting evidence suggests the Thief of Souls is still out there.
When a fae celebration thrusts Callie and her mate, Desmond Flynn, into the Kingdom of Flora, they take their investigation with them. But under the bright lights and striking blooms of the realm, they find there are more immediate issues to deal with. No place is more uniquely savage than the great fae halls, and no amount of bargains can save Callie from royal intrigues.
Fairies play dangerous games. Some want love, some want vengeance, some want flesh, and some want things too unspeakable to utter. One thing is for sure: no one is who they appear to be. Not even Des, who only grows more enigmatic with every passing secret.
But the Kingdom of Flora has its own secrets, from bleeding trees to branded slaves and missing guards. Something is stirring in the land of all that grows, and if Callie isn’t careful, it will claim everything and everyone she loves—and her along with it.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
So A Strange Hymn by Laura Thalassa is the second book in the fantastic (The Bargainer, #2) series.
So we are back in the Fae world of Desmond Flynn AKA The Bargainer and King of the night and Callypso Lillis the human siren and Desmond’s love.
We enter this story right where we left this after the shocking events of the first book.
You can find my review of Rhapsodic (The Bargainer #1) Here
So where was I, Oh yes the end of book one after Callies kidnapping and escape and her new body accessories which I love the idea off by the way.
So, Callie is now stuck in Otherworld, much to the relish of her delighted mate Des.
In the fae lands and here to stay as his queen if her trickster fairy mate has his way of it, which he usually does.
So This second book in the bargainer series is much more focused on the relationship between Callie and Des and I loved this aspect completely.
It’s also very apparent throughout “A Strange Hymn” the depth of feeling between these two lovers and it’s so precious to behold in its entirety.
I take his face in my hands and silence him with a kiss. This love between us is bigger than him, bigger than me. “From flame to ashes, dawn to dusk, for the rest of our lives, be mine always, Desmond Flynn,” I whisper against his lips, reciting the same words that first took him away from me. They still hold the same wonderful, fearful power they did when I first spoke them, even after paying my tithe for them. Des draws me closer, pulls me in tighter. I keep forgetting that beyond his cockiness and power, there’s a part of him that’s vulnerable, unsure. I said those words to him seven years ago, but seven years is a long time to go without hearing them—an eternity for two soulmates. I feel him shudder against me as he responds, “Till darkness dies.”
“When I close my eyes, all I see is the shape of your face and the brightness of your smile. You are the stars in my dark sky, cherub.” That isn’t at all what I expected to come out of his mouth. My heart, I’m finding, is simply not big enough to hold everything I feel for this man.
Makes my heart hurt to behold, sigh.
So as I said this instalment is set in the world of the fae and after Callie’s best friend Temper makes a dramatic entrance further upsetting relations between The Bargainer’s night court and other factions of the Fae.
Desmond now really has little choice in his decision to attend the summer solstice held in the Flora court.
An event he has been trying to avoid due to there view and stance on humans and the little fact his mate happens to be one.
So it’s off to Solstice for the whole Night Court and almost instantly its apparent that Callie has a target on her back from previous events.
The mystery of the sleeping warrior woman and creepy ass kids is still prevalent throughout all the Fae kingdoms and suspicion is rife, with each faction believing and suspecting each other of trickery and secrets.
There is also the ongoing issue of the disappearing male Fae to solve.
Each pointing the finger at each other for this.
We get a bit more of an insight into The Bargainers past, as he finally opens up to Callie, we get to realise just what has shaped this Fae king into the man or Fairy he is today.
it’s also becomes quite apparent why fairy and supernatural alike fear this Dark Fae king as we are given many more demonstrations into the strength of Des’s Power as he struggles with his need to shield and protect his mate from those who would do her harm.
Solstice expectations: everyone shall set aside their quarrels for this week, hold hands, and sing kumbaya. Solstice reality: everyone shall come within an inch of death at least once. Fairies everywhere in the room begin to panic as darkness cloaks our surroundings. I feel the breath of a hundred different types of magic trying to illuminate the room only to be snuffed out by Des’s power. Along the walls, I hear the sound of plants rustling. It takes several seconds for me to realize that they’re withering, dying. “Before there were plants before there were animals before there was even light, there was darkness,” Des says, his voice silky smooth. “From that darkness, all of our deepest desires and most secret fears were born. And I know all of yours. Perhaps I should share them
Des is totally the Fairy bomb.He is bad ass to the bone, totally fairy fangirling here.
So in A Strange Hymn as events finally convene we are at last given some answers only for others to arise in their place.
And as we are given closure we are also left anticipating the next instalment of this addictive series,
I for one can’t wait to sink my teeth into it.
Give this a go, this is such a fabulous series that I can’t recommend enough.
A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer, #2) is currently free with a KU subscription.