Monday, June 26, 2017

The Beast and the Sibyl by AJ Adams

The Beast and The Sibyl (A Prydain novel Book 2) by [Adams, AJ]


“We caught a Beast! A real live poxy Beast!”
Bastards. Calling us beasts while they cheat, steal, and lie. I got kicked in the ribs, a whip laid about my shoulders, and all the time they were screaming.
“Hang him!”
“Beat him!”
“Kill the Beast!”
Then I saw her. She was standing there, staring right into my eyes. For a moment, I thought I was looking at a Valkyrie, one of Valhalla’s shield maidens. She had hair the colour of ice, and eyes as blue as the sky. Tall, willowy, and silent, she looked unworldly. There was a wolf at her side, too.
I blinked, expecting her to vanish, but it wasn’t a vision. She was real. The knowledge hit me with a punch that sucked the breath out of me. She was one of us, a Skraeling of Thule.
She leaned on the wolf, controlling it with a touch of her hand. “Lady Freyja always advises counsel before action.”
A Skraeling woman who invoked our goddess yet who was a traitor. I was filled with sudden hate, poisoned by the thought of one of our own people contaminated by foul betrayal.
If the will were a weapon, she would have fallen on the spot. Instead, the world blurred again. I think I passed out for a few moments because when I opened my eyes, he was there. The Patriarch. A cheat, a liar and all-round scum bucket
He certainly hates us Skraeling. “Glorious Ullr will bring us wise counsel. And tomorrow we will flog the Beast to cleanse him of his sins, and then we will burn him alive!”

He’s a vicious Beast, violent and dangerous. Bliss knows she ought to walk away. After all, she has a dark and dangerous secret to preserve. When she can’t leave him to burn, her rescue tumbles them both into danger, adventure and romance.

What I think:
took me a few to get into. The author takes an interesting twist on one of my favorite groups of people. Anglo-Saxon. I was so unsure and judging the book based on my hurt feelings of this awesome group. So I sucked it up, do what i do for movie books, completely temporary forget everything I know and start anew. And was I amazed. This book beat some of my thinking of how it was going to go. You meet two groups, of people with such hatred for each other, that they can't look past any sort of humanity or compassion given to them. Even when that was all they were ever shown from a single person. Some blindly trust the others while many get shafted and forced into political stand-offs that will make you lose your mind. So for a quick read this was good. I was expecting more at the ending, because it built up to it and ended quick (which is a good thing). 

Rating : ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

AJ Adams
About the Author


Enter into the violent world of the Cartel, Camorra, Belial's MC and Prydain where death and romance go hand in hand. AJ Adams novels are all self-standing and although some feature the same families, you need not read them all - although it would be awesome if you did!

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