by Felicity Heaton
Series: Eternal Mates, #3
Pub Date: Aug. 6, 2014
Pub Date: Aug. 6, 2014
An elf prince on the verge of losing himself to the darkness, Vail is maddened by the forty-two centuries he was under the control of a witch and forced to war with his brother. Now, he roams Hell seeking an escape from his terrible past and the heads of all who bear magic. When demons of the Fifth Realm capture him, he sees a chance to end his existence, but when he wakes in a cell to a beautiful female, he finds not death but his only shot at salvation—his true fated mate.
Captured by the enemy of the Third Realm when the war ended, Rosalind has spent months in the cells of the Fifth Realm with her magic bound, forced to heal the new king’s demon warriors, and haunted by the lives she has taken. When she’s brought to heal an unconscious man, she discovers her only hope of escape has come in the form of her worst nightmare and the first part of a prediction that might spell her doom—a devastatingly handsome and dangerous dark elf prince.
Unwilling to fall under the control of anyone ever again, Vail must escape before the Fifth King can use him as a pawn in a deadly game of revenge, but he cannot leave without Rosalind, the woman who looks at him with dark desire in her stunning eyes and awakens a fierce hunger in his heart. A witch who drives him mad with need even as the darkness within whispers she will enslave him too.Can Rosalind escape her fate as they embark on a journey fraught with danger and resist the temptation of her rogue elf prince? And can Vail overcome the memories that madden him in order to seize his chance for salvation and the heart of his fated female forever?
This was a haunting paranormal tale involving the mad elf prince, Vail, and his fated mate, Rosalind. Vail was heartrendingly broken by a sorceress who enslaved him for over 4,000 years, forcing him to kill innocents, fight his brother, and commit unspeakable acts. His character reminded me a lot of Zsadist in J.R. Ward's BDB series. The sexual abuse was particularly difficult to think of, as was the lingering effects it was having on Vail's psyche. You will definitely want to keep some tissues around while you are reading.
Vail has an extreme case of PTSD (or the paranormal equivalent) due to his time of enslavement. Rosalind, a light witch, did an excellent job of gentling Vail out of his extreme aversion to her as a witch. I liked Rosalind very much. She was willing to fight for Vail, and have patience with him even when she thought her days were numbered. She is the first female character of the series that did not get on my nerves.
I put off reading about this book because I didn't think I would like his character... but this is actually my favorite Eternal Mates story so far. The characters had a lot of depth, and generated a strong emotional connection with me. I am happy I kept reading.