This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Ronelle Antoinette. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Errant Spark by Ronelle Antoinette
Series: Elemental Trials #1
Release Date: July 1, 2016
Publisher: Ronelle Antoinette
Source: Author, Ronelle Antoinette
Purchase at: Amazon
In Egalion’s Imperial court, there is splendor and luxury, but it’s also a realm of treachery. Cloak-and-dagger political maneuvering threatens to destroy the peace of two thousand years.
Battlemage Jex Xander has a mouth that gets him into trouble; while in contrast, Enari Namelum speaks not at all. Amidst the mounting chaos, passion and romance should be the last thing on their minds, but life and the Goddess seem to have other ideas.
They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but at court you can’t tell one from the other…and they change at the flip of a coin.
The synopsis of this book gives you just a taste of what is to come and I mean that when I say just a taste. This is more than a romantic fantasy! The prose was well thought out and complex. As there is an Imperial Court and a political element to this story there are many characters involved. Many of those characters have backstories and developing that many backstories is informative and time consuming. There is a large reading portion committed to building the world, understanding how the Imperial Court works and the political games that are played. It makes for a very detailed, developed, and intriguing story that keeps you on edge from beginning to the end with some sweet romance in between.
Touching on romance, this is not a “warm fuzzies” typical romance. If you like your boys bad, then Jex Xander will make you swoon. He is a bedroom Casanova and has a penchant for his willingness to explore all forms of pleasure. There are Sexy Times in this story and a lot of heat! So I bet you are asking yourself “but Minx where is the romance in that?” The romance enters the story with the entrance of Enari Namelum. Jex and Enari have instant attraction that is felt on both sides but it was not insta-love which was best given Jex’s proclivities. It would have taken away from his overall character’s development to this point. He is not a character given to insta-love more of an insta-lust kind of guy.
The beginning is a bit difficult to get through due to unfamiliar titles and terms and there was not enough context given to readily understand those items. This story would be aided by adding a glossary of terms and titles, with that said once you make it through the beginning you are invested and have a pretty good understanding of who the key players are and the role they play. For me it bogged it down a bit and made it hard to fully engage in because there were supporting characters that added little value but that I had to keep track of anyhow.
I enjoyed that this was not your typical fantasy romance with its tropes and cardboard characters. It had an imaginative and unique storyline filled with court politics, intrigue, and many interesting sexy times. There is plenty of action and the pacing was spot on. There are plenty of twists, turns and surprises. The ending has a “whhaaat??” type of moment and leaves you ready for more, if any of that interests you, then you should consider giving this novel a try.
*Thank you to Ronelle Antoinette for this complimentary copy of Errant Spark*