Sunday, 9 August 2015

White Raven's Lover by Nhys Glover

Title: White Raven's Lover
Series: Ancient Roman Empire (#4)
Author: Nhys Glover
From: Amazon
Genre: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance
Release Date: 11th February 2014
Challenges: 2015 Reading Assignment Challenge, COYER Scavenger Hunt, 2015 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Brennwen has got used to people around her thinking that she is too different to be trusted, with her white skin and hair and her silver eyes. Even more so when they learn of her prophetic dreams. 4 years ago she was left for dead after losing the child she was carrying, and yet she's been dreaming of her son for years. Now that he is in danger she is determined to save him, and along with Cal's father Gaius they set off to save their son and prevent a war.

I feel the need to explain a bit what I mean by 'son'. Brennwen felt that the spirit of her son had been reborn to a Roman woman (And Gaius) and then continued to dream about him and considered him hers. This did cause a little tension between her and Gaius but actually they became increasingly close regardless.

The chemistry between Brennwen and Gaius was a slow burn. They were clearly attracted to each other but had things to get past before they could come together. This did involve Brennwen's traumatic past with men. Because their relationship moved  slowly it was believable that it worked that way.

The various characters that I met in The Gladiator's Bride were present in this book (even though the events happened after those in White Raven's Lover - apparently I'm reading this series backwards!) and it was good to learn more about them, and especially about Gaius and Brennwen.

The history of the area was embedded in the story, both in the politics and in the culture. It added more intricacies to the story and even put some barriers in the way of the relationship. But it worked well with the story and the characters.

This story is rich in history, romance and adventure. A good read!