An Enemy Land
Once Princess Oria spun wicked daydreams from the legends of sorceresses kidnapped by the barbarian Destrye. Now, though she’s come willingly, she finds herself in a mirror of the old tales: the king’s foreign trophy of war, starved of magic, surrounded by snowy forest and hostile strangers. But this place has secrets, too—and Oria must learn them quickly if she is to survive.
A Treacherous Court
Instead of the refuge he sought, King Lonen finds his homeland desperate and angry, simmering with distrust of his wife. With open challenge to his rule, he knows he and Oria—the warrior wounded and weak, the sorceress wrung dry of power—must somehow make a display of might. And despite the desire that threatens to undo them both, he still cannot so much as brush her skin.
A Fight for the Future
With war looming and nowhere left to run, Lonen and Oria must use every intrigue and instinct they can devise: to plumb Dru’s mysteries, to protect their people—and to hold fast to each other. Because they know better than any what terrifying trial awaits…
Worldbuilding: The fantastic world of the Sorcerous Moons is, as always, fascinating. I really enjoyed Dru,a world so different from Oria’s homeland.
Characters: What I liked even more was to see Oria in this new and different environment. I think a lot of her character showed particularly because she was in such a different place than what she knows. In fact, they both became more nuanced as characters. Where she proved to be strong of spirit and agile of mind, Lonen showed his vulnerable, uncertain side by how dealt with being King and the pressure of his brothers’ view on his wife and their future. I loved how Oria and Lonen stuck together, like a real couple, and how supportive and careful she was with him. I think I found them to be more romantic than ever in this novel. Plus it was fun to see them together on the road again.
They have as much chemistry as ever – in fact, more – and their one on one time is absolutely hot.
Plot: Court intrigue is always fun, ripe with tension and plots. I enjoyed seeing them try to navigate the murky waters of power. Their ongoing love story went all the way to sweet and surprisingly I loved every moment of that. I don’t usually go for sweet, but their sexually tense, banter-full kind of sweet really does it for me. It’s really interesting to watch romance unfold between people who can’t use one of the basic languages of love: touch.
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, his/her POV.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb – impulsive buy material for my fantasy romance cravings.
I have the admit, for some reason I’d lost my enthusiasm for the series, but The Forests of Dru awakened it again. I’m looking forward to reading the next one. I recommend The Forests of Dru to fans of fantasy romance and royalty romance. It’s a really good enemies to lovers series, and even of they’re a couple now, the nature of the theme is ever-present.