Queene of Light by Jennifer Armintrout is a Romantic Fantasy at its ultimate best. A story that could be considered an adult fairytale reveals the best and the worst of the Fantasy world.
Ayla is a half faery, half human who spent her childhood as a thief for her human father. Coming of age Ayla goes to the Faery World and appeals to the Queene to allow her to live among them. The Queene's brother is immediately smitten and begs his sisters indulgence with the provision that he be her mentor. Ayla thus begins her life as an Assassin for the Queene of Light.
Malachi is an Angel of Death. A creature of the Dark World, he collects souls of all who are to depart their current existence. One never knows when he will show up and one will never see him coming until it's too late. All know of him and his kind and all fear the touch of the Angel of Death.
Can an Assassin finally develop a conscience? Can an Angel really fall from favor and plunge into a living Hell? Hmm...good questions!
Ayla breaks her oath while on assignment in the Dark World and upon return to the Light World neglects to confess to her mentor and best friend that which could cost her the position she has worked so hard for. Will his love for her allow him to forgive her this transgression should he find out? Will the Goddess allow Ayla to keep her secret for the sake of a prophecy so long ago predicted?
A brush with the Angel of Death leaves both Ayla and Malachi stunned beyond belief with it's outcome. What will become of their hatred for each other in the face of temptation?
The author has given us a story of many creatures, good and evil that live together but hide from each other. A story of hatred, fear, corruption, deceit, beauty and darkness and a love so true and pure that it will challenge the strongest of barriers. An intense story that is action packed and not lacking for imagination on any level. A first installment of a trilogy that is sure to fire up a longing in us like a glass of water quenches our thirst.
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Mira Books (September 29, 2009)