My Rating: 5 stars
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Age Category: Adult
Type of romance: MF
Velsa is Grau’s wife and a free woman – thanks to a lie. And the High Sorcerer’s Palace is no place for keeping a secret, with its bustling social life of parties and balls. Velsa and Grau soon attract the notice of none other than one of the Four Generals, who sees promise in Velsa’s power and wants to use her. But that would mean serving the High Sorcerer. If anyone finds out what she truly is, she would lose everything.
Velsa is torn between her old role as a concubine and her place in a strange new world. She needs to stay quiet, but she can’t resist when she sees a young enslaved doll girl being hired out. She brings the girl home and soon, Sorla is like family. But Sorla has secrets of her own, and as everyone’s secrets unravel, they tear Velsa and Grau apart forever….
I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily reviewed it.
I really enjoyed the first book in this series and when book 2 arrived I dropped the book I was reading to start this one instead. The Sorcerer’s Wife was awesome. There’s just something about this series that really works for me. The world can be dark and cruel, but the romance is so sweet. And Velsa is just such a great main character, she has been taught to be a concubine and she’s slowly trying to find out who she is and be something else than that and it’s just amazing to see. And even with all she’s been through her first instinct is often still to think the best of people, she’s kind and helpful and I really like her.
This is such an unique fantasy series, while it has more typical fantasy elements like magic and dragons and war, it also has this very unique element of how there are souls who are born into doll bodies and the way society treats these people who they call Fanarlem. I like how well taught out this world is and how once you accept the premise of there being such a thing as souls in doll bodies the rest all makes sense. It’s very interesting to see how it all works and this book expands on the world even more.
After the events of book 1 Grau and Velsa are now in a different city and Velsa is pretending to be a flesh born, someone who almost died and that’s why she got put into a doll body. As people who are born in doll bodies are treated like slaves and by pretending to be flesh born she is now free and can be Grau’s wife. Velsa has only known how to be a concubine and in this book we see how she tries to get used to not being that and adjusting to life as a free women, as well as the fear that people will see through the ruse. I really like Velsa as a main character, the way she believes that she doesn’t deserve to be treated badly and even now she can pretend to be a flesh born she still goes out of her way to help others. She’s such a great character and I enjoyed reading about her and how she dealt with everything that was going on.
The romance is so sweet and I like that contrast with how the world can be dark and cruel. The romance is just so perfect. Grau will do everything for Velsa and she for Grau. The bond these two have is very special and I enjoy reading about them. In this book they meet many new characters and I especially liked Sorla and seeing how she becomes part of their little made family. I kept questioning the motives of some characters and wondering where their loyalties would end up. There are some twists and turns I hadn’t expected.
There is quite a lot going on as Grau and Velsa settle in this new city. There is all this technology and there is quite the reveal later in this book relating to that. Then there is the possible war that’s brewing. And even more plot lines that all weave together to from a compelling story. The ending ends in such a way that I am eager to see how things continue and I can’t wait till book 3 is here. I think this is my favorite series by this author so far! It’s just so good and I wanted to keep reading
To summarize: I just love this series! It has more typical fantasy elements as well as some very unique parts. The whole thing with how souls can be born in doll bodies and the way society treats these people is very interesting to read about and sad too as the world can be really cruel to these people. While the world can be dark and cruel at times, it still feels like like a light read most of the time and the romance is so sweet and perfect! I really like Grau and Velsa as a couple, they are so great together and it’s clear how much they care for one another. Velsa is an awesome main character and I really like her. It’s so interesting to see her deal with now being a free women and how she struggles with how to behave at times. I also love how kind and caring she still is even with everything she’s been through. There is a lot going on in this book plot wise and plenty of new interesting characters we meet. The ending leaves me excited for the next book!