The Huntress (Tales of Pern Coen: Bloodlines #2) by Hannah E. Carey
#Epic, #Fantasy, #FantasyRomance,
A seemingly endless war. A powerful woman from Conor's past. Rhiannon will have to fight for the life she dreams of.
The future of the island of Pern Coen is grim. The empire of Kelnore will not accept defeat and Crown Prince Alekos has sworn his vengeance on the mysterious Hunter and Huntress.
Now that Rhiannon has found her place among her father's people, including the affections of the man she has grown to admire, the war threatens to destroy all that she has learned to love. As she and Conor try to strengthen their fledgling relationship, Conor's former betrothed reveals she, too, has survived the invasion.
Wynne carries more than just the ability to separate Conor and Rhiannon. She carries a deep, dark connection to the Spirits of the island. The power she possesses could help Alekos gain the victory he so desperately seeks, but Wynne's loyalties are divided.
Will the life Rhiannon has longed for be over before it even begins?
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“Rhiannon, please. Why are you doing this? Why do you defend these people so?” Her eyes grew pleading as she continued to keep the distance between them. “Because someone needs to defend them. Stelios is dead. You have the power to end this.” He fought against the pain in the back of his throat. “I have no choice but to finish what my father started. You know that. You know what awaits me back in Talekos.” Her lower lip trembled and she took a deep, shaky breath. “Then I am afraid that you and I find ourselves on opposite sides.” His breath caught. “You know the price for treason.” “And I am willing to pay it.”
“You will die before you return home?” he asked, his voice wavering.
Her expression was pained, but her words were sure. “Here, I am free.”
5 out of 5 (exceptional)
THE HUNTRESS is the second book in the Tales of Pern Coen (Bloodlines) series and continues on from The Hunter.
A blast from Conor's past makes herself known but the war has changed both of them. Rhian is just coming into her own strength so will she fight for Conor if needed?
I thoroughly enjoyed book one and commented on the mix of Celtic names and fantasy places. This one is even better, with more details given about the Spirits of the land and what they represent.
This series definitely gives me a Roman Empire vs. the Druids of Mona feeling, with a better outcome for the druids, hopefully!
The ending was absolutely wonderful. The only thing I wanted was a bit more into the ending of a certain sorceress. It just felt as though it was over a bit too quickly, as in, blink and you miss it. Not enough for me to knock a star off though.
A fantastic partner to The Hunter and HIGHLY recommended by me.
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Hannah began telling stories from a young age and hasn't stopped since. She read her first romance novel as a young teen, quickly falling in love with the genre. She writes romantic fantasy with fierce heroines inspired by her love of mythology and contemporary romance starring loveable four-legged companions & couples looking for love. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her reading romance novels and spending time with her husband, horses, and dog on her small hobby farm.
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