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Monday, June 28, 2010

Salome at Sunrise by Inez Kelley

Salome at Sunrise by Inez Kelley
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Fantasy
Length: Full (326 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Lavender

Bryton Haruk sets out on a suicide mission to stop the bloodthirsty Skullmen from terrorizing the war-weary Land of Eldwyn. Consumed by guilt over the death of his wife, Bryton seeks revenge and reunion in the afterlife with his lost love. His purpose is determined, his bravery unmatched, until the queen casts a spell to save Bryton from himself.

Salome is that spell. A bird-shifter, she can harness the earth's breeze and take the form of a beautiful, innocent woman. Her challenge is to harness Bryton's pain and guide him to peace. She entrances and irritates him, tempting Bryton from his mission. Even as he gives in to the passion between them, Bryton insists on mounting a solo attack on the brigands' compound, and Salome fears her love won't be enough to save him...

Salome at Sunrise by Inez Kelley is the sequel to Myla by Moonlight, but can stand alone. I read the first book and loved it so much that I knew I had to check out this second book in the series. I had high expectations, due to the first book, and I was not disappointed.

The setting is a Medieval-type world steeped in legend and magic, a kingdom of old with its hero, the king's captain, Bryton. Bryton is great. He's funny, sarcastic, brave, and complex, and sadly, he's a widower with a small child in this book. He's just so real that you can't help but to know him and to admire him for his integrity, honor and courage.

Salome is a magic spell, cast by the queen, sent to help Bryton find peace even as he plans his revenge against the criminals who killed his wife. She's innocent and adorable. Her talents make for some entertaining scenes as well. These two have quite the adventure.

The story presentation is memorable. Inez Kelley is an artist with words. The book unfolds like poetry with its gorgeously written lines. It is a colorful tapestry with words that invoke pure beauty.

The tension is carried throughout as Bryton prepares for the revenge that is sure to cost him his life, but dashes of humor are mixed throughout the telling of the tale, often drawing a smile with witty dialogue and charming banter. Within the tension, one will find utterly adorable scenes as well. The steamy love scenes are written out with excellence.

The emotions are tender and passionate, reaching deep within the characters' hearts. When Bryton comes face-to-face with the guilt of not being able to save his wife, he begins to understand and heal. It's a rewarding scene to read.

I also liked when he spoke to his wife, Kat's ghost. Even though he grew to love Salome, he still loved his wife, making this very realistic. I love this line from the book: “Love never dies, it just changes form.”

The way Bryton is pushed toward finding peace is written in an authentic way. He's a warrior, and there are some bloody scenes throughout, but it's all tied in to the superb plot. As with Myla by Moonlight, Salome by Sunrise is a top-notch story, touching and so beautifully written that I'd highly recommend it.