Poison and Honey (Dark and Otherwordly #1) by Kristen Brand

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Leigh Morgan has known that magic existed ever since an unearthly monster abducted her sister. It’s why she’s in Otherworld now, posing as a servant in its dark, decadent palace. She’s gathering intelligence and working with a small band of allies to bring down the Others and free their human captives. Her mission depends on blending in, so the last thing she wants is to attract the attention of a cunning prince.

Dredarion Rath wants one thing: to disgrace his older brother and prove himself the worthier heir to the throne. And out of all the servants in the palace, he chooses Leigh to help him. Just her luck.

Now Leigh has to keep her work a secret from a bewitching man who sees right through her--and who's not nearly as cold and inhuman as he seems. She can't screw this up, or the humans forced into servitude will never go home. But juggling two conspiracies at once, it's only a matter of time before it all comes crashing down, and the man she's falling for has her executed for her betrayal...

4 out of 5 (very good)

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Cliff hanger, people! This book ends in a cliff hanger and I did NOT see it creeping up on me!

Leigh is a human slave in the Otherworld. Dredarion is a prince in said Otherworld, but a second son, and he wants to be king. He hatches all sorts of plans to get rid of his older brother, and ends up falling in love. But Leigh is not who she seems.


It took me far too long to get fully engaged with this book, it really did, but once I did, I found it a great read!

Leigh is hiding something, even from the reader in the beginning, and it takes time to gt what is really going on. It took me a long time to figure out that the Otherworld is not, in fact, Hell, but another world entirely. The Others have been stealing humans from Earth and beginning them to the otherworld via some sort of gateway.

Dredarion is puzzled by his reaction to Leigh, but he needs rid of his brother so he can be king. Brother won't make a good king for their people, since he is very self centred and cares about nothing and no one but himself. (However, I'm not entirely sure now, whether that is just a facade he puts across!)

There is romance here, but it's a-brewing, slowly, nicely, bubbling along all through the book. You understand how Dredarion must feel when Leigh does what she does, but also how Leigh feels too.

I like the way this author writes, this is the first of their work.

so, because it took me so long to fully engage, and because it ends on a bloody cliff hanger. . .

4 stars

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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

If Kristen Brand could have any superpower, she'd want telekinesis so she wouldn't have to move from her computer to pour a new cup of tea. She spends far too much time on the internet, and when she's not writing, she's usually reading novels or comic books. She lives in Florida, the Sunshine State, and will someday go outside for long enough to actually get some sun.

To find out more about her work and read her free web fiction, visit KristenBrand.com. Icon by @heckosart

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