Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Earl of Darkness by Alix Rickloff

Book Description:
Born a lady, but reduced to surviving in the slums of Dublin, Catriona O’Connell has been hired to steal a mysterious book from Aidan Douglas, Earl of Kilronan. But Cat is secretly Other, an age-old mixture of Fey and human—something Aidan recognizes immediately when he surprises the lovely young burglar in his library, about to steal a magical diary.
From the moment Aidan sees her, Cat’s spirited beauty enchants him, but her uncanny abilities are what he truly needs, for Cat can understand the mystical language in the diary he inherited from his murdered father. So Aidan makes an offer: translate the book or be thrown in prison as a thief. And as Cat slowly deciphers each page, she and Aidan are drawn together by passion . . . and into the violence of the Other world that is the Kilronan legacy. Can they defeat those who seek the book, or are their lives in even greater danger than their hearts?
My Thoughts:
Cat is hired to steal an old book from Aidan Douglas, the only problem is she gets caught. Aidan is immediately intrigued by Cat, but more especially when he realizes she can read the diary his father left to him. He gives Cat a choice to either translate the book for him or go to jail as a thief. She makes the smart choice and translates. Another, Lazarus, is hired to steal the book and told to kill anyone in his way. Aidan and Cat are on the run, translating as they go, Aidan is learning things he doesn't like and both are fighting to stay alive!
I was immediately drawn to Cat's character. She may be a thief now but she was born 'royal'! The chemistry between her and Aidan is wonderful. The magic and paranormal elements in the book are quite easy to accept as just normal so I love how easily the author worked those in. Aidan could be a bit self-centered at times but it is understandable with what all he is going through so you can relate well to him. I can't wait for the next in this series!
This is a solid 4/5. I enjoyed all the characters and it was a good, engrossing read.
Thank you to Pocketbooks for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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