If you haven’t read Darkhaven or its sequel, Goldenfire, well, why the heck not? Darkhaven is an utterly amazing book, and you can read my thoughts on it here. Today I want to tell you about Goldenfire, which I’ve been talking about all week to anyone who will listen. It is that good.
Don’t know what it’s about? Here, allow me to change that:
In Darkhaven, peace doesn’t last long.
Ayla Nightshade has ruled Darkhaven for three years. With the help of Tomas Caraway, her Captain of the Helm, she has overcome her father’s legacy to find new confidence in herself and her unusual shapeshifting abilities.
Yet three years ago, a discovery was made that could have profound consequences for the Nightshade line: a weapon exists that can harm even the powerful creatures they turn into. And now, that knowledge has fallen into the wrong hands.
An assassin is coming for Ayla, and will stop at nothing to see her dead.
Now, then, down to business. That’s precisely what Tomas does when he receives word of the threat to Ayla’s life – he gets down to business trying to protect her. I love the way these two are written; they are so much fun to read. Whether they’re bickering about something or trying to be tender, you can’t help but love them.
I’d have been interested to know a little bit more about Naeve and Elisse’s time in Sol Kardis, but the glimpses that appear in the book suit the pacing of the story. How did Naeve wind up with the job that opens the story? Who taught Elisse to speak Kardise – was it Naeve, or possibly a neighbor? And speaking of neighbors, did they have friends in Sol Kardis, or did they keep to themselves? But then I’m the kind of person who likes to know everything. It’s why finishing my own stories used to be so difficult for me – I just kept following my characters around till they died. 🙂
Now it’s difficult for other reasons, but that’s another story.
Another thing I loved was the time spent in the fifth ring getting to know the trainees for the Helm. Ree, in particular, was fascinating to get to know, and I hope Penn will be part of the next book because I’d really like to find out what he’s like beneath his many layers of hostility. And Zander! He made me laugh. Or rather, Ree’s reaction to him through most of the book made me smile. I can’t wait to see what those two will get up to next. 🙂
So, long story short: Read this book. It’s available on Amazon. (Read Darkhaven first, though.) Then read it again. It is absolutely fantastic.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go reread both books while I wait for the third one to come out.
Is it out yet? No? But I want to read it now… 😀
*checks watch again*
What have you been reading lately?
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