Synopsis: When the head of the Araneidae clan is found poisoned in her nest, her eldest daughter, Lourdes, becomes their clan s new maven. If her clan is to survive, she has but one choice: she must marry before her nest is seized. All she needs is a warrior fierce enough to protect her city and safeguard her clansmen. Such a male is Rhys the Cold.
Born the youngest son of an impoverished maven, the only things Rhys has to his name are his sword and his mercenary reputation. His clan is starving, but their fondness for the flesh of fellow Araneaeans makes them unwelcome dinner guests. Torn between loyalty to his clan and fascination with his future bride, Rhys s first taste of Lourdes threatens to melt the cold encasing his heart.
Amid the chaos of battle, Lourdes s sister disappears and is feared captured. Lourdes and Rhys pursue their enemies into the southlands, where they discover an odd plague ravaging southern clans as it travels north, to Erania. Determined to survive, Lourdes will discover whether she s worth her silk or if she s spun the thread by which her clan will hang.
Warning: This book contains one mercenary hero with a biting fetish, one determined heroine who gets nibbled, and an answer to the age-old question, What does dragon taste like? Matricide and sibling rivalry are available upon request. The house special is revenge, best served cold.
Review: Fantasy authors, please please please, take the time to invest in telling us about the world and people you are building, whether you do it in your novel or you make an appendix with the information but please give it to your readers. My biggest complaint about this book, and the reason it has the rating it does, is because of the lack of information about the different nations and races in her world. We are giving very little information about the world and it is confusing. She never even tells us what humanoid species she is writing about. To me they’re spider-like vampires, which is a little creepy. With the lack of information this book was more of a romance set in a fantasy setting. I found it an enjoyable read but it’s nothing that I’d gush about to people or try to convince people to read. There wasn’t a single character that I particularly liked nor felt an affinity for.