Mass Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: August 1, 2011
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: The Elven Lords #2
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Giles is bound to protect her...
In a kingdom viciously ruled by warlike elven lords, village blacksmith Giles Beaumont reluctantly swears to protect the half-elf, half-human Cecily Sutton, never dreaming that he will fall under her enchanting spell.
But duty soon turns to desire...
When Cecily's father disappears, Cecily and Giles set out to find him. But, as their journey unfolds, duty is quickly replaced by desire—and the search for Cecily's father leads to a magical destiny that could end the rule of the elven lords forever...
Basically, the premise of the series is that seven elven lords have divided England among themselves and each rules a part of it. Though the elven lords see humans as nothing more than playthings and slaves, they have mated with humans over the centuries. Elven blood has mixed with human blood over time and there are many who can do small magic. But the humans are tired of their powerful and tyrannical rulers and has formed a secret rebellion to free England. The rebellion has realized that their greatest hope in defeating their magical rulers are the bastard children of the elven lords who may have as much magic as their sire.
After I read The Fire Lord's Lover, the first book in the Eleven Lords series, I feel in love with the elaborate world Kathryne Kennedy had created. In The Lady of the Storm I was transported once again. In this book we see more of the land as well as know more about some of the elven lords themselves. Besides the world building, I really enjoyed that this novel is heroine-centric and Cecily was a fantastic character. She was a great heroine--she is strong, she can take care of herself and she has a lot of spunk. I really liked that more than once it was Cecily who rescued the hero, Giles. Once she even carried him in her arms when he got hurt. It's not often a heroine carries the hero! Giles was likable as well and I liked that even though he saw himself as Cecily's protector he also knew Cecily can take care of herself and he wasn't telling her to go hide when danger comes their way. But for the most part he's also your typical hero and his character wasn't quite as memorable as Cecily.
I thought The Lady of the Storm was the perfect blend of fantasy, romance and adventure. There was plenty of action too as Cecily and Giles go on a quest and they travel from their small village to the Fire Lord's land. They're sent to different missions and come across strange creatures and escape those that wanted to capture them. For those who have read The Fire Lord's Lover, yes, Dominic and Cassandra do make an appearance and we find out what they have been up to.
Lovers of fantasy novels and readers of romance will find plenty to love in this well-written and imaginative novel. It will transport you to a magical world of magic and adventure and romance. I absolutely loved it! 4.5 out of 5 stars
**While The Lady of the Storm is the second book in the Elven Lords series it can be read as a standalone novel.**