Publisher: Liquid Silver Publishing
Date published: June 2010
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Publisher
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE! Vanlyn Sarn has only known cruelty and misery from his father and brother. For reasons unknown to him, they hate him and he tries to stay away from them as much as possible. When he is commissioned to go into battle, Vanlyn knows his father and brother expect him to die in the fighting. Dane Tanderes is someone Vanlyn finds attractive yet mysterious. Instrumental in a war that has caused countless deaths, Dane is determined to win at all cost. Capturing the doomed prince, Dane plans to use Vanlyn to betray his family but finds the sparks of passion flare hot between them.
Will Dane be able to let go of Vanlyn as his conscious begs him to?
I have got to say, this was the first book from this author I read and loved every moment of ILLUSION OF NIGHT. It was a fast paced fantasy adventure that had me in its grip from the first page to the last. I loved how this author wrote and the characters were very well developed. The sex scenes gave the story added depth while not taking away from the story itself. The storyline moved nicely and I have to mention there are some scenes that may not appeal to other readers (M/M, spanking, etc).
Meet Vanlyn Sarn, a second son of a lord who is hated with a fever that he doesn’t understand from his father and brother. His life has been pure misery at their hands and he tries to keep away from them as much as possible until he is summoned by his father to lead troops into the fighting. He knows his father and brother don’t expect him to ever return. Dane is a fiend, once a mortal man, who is determined to help his people. What he doesn’t anticipate is when capturing Vanlyn, is to find himself attracted to the young man. Can Dane let Vanlyn go even as his feelings grow for him? These two characters are quite delectable together. I loved how Dane was conflicted once his emotions got into play, especially as he finds himself falling for Vanlyn and finds that what he originally set out to do just might not work. The characters are multi-dimensional and keep the reader glued to the edge of their seats as they try to figure out what happens next for Vanlyn and Dane. There were a few secondary characters that I hope the author comes back to in the future. I would love to know more about them. Overall, the story flowed nicely and kept my attention till the very end.
ILLUSION OF NIGHT is a well written story that will keep the reader highly entertained till the very end. I found a “New to me” author that I will have to check back on in the future. I really enjoyed CJ Black’s writing and look forward to more from them. If you are looking for a wonderful M/M fantasy story to enjoy then I suggest you pick up ILLUSION OF NIGHT.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.