by Grace Draven
In a bid for more power, the Shadow Queen of Haradis, unleashes a malignant force into the world. Her son Brishen, younger prince of the Kai royal house, suddenly finds himself ruler of a kingdom blighted by darkness. His human wife Ildiko must decide if he will give up the man she loves in order to save his throne.
Three kingdoms on the verge of war must unite to save each other, and a one-eyed, reluctant king will raise an army of the dead to challenge an army of the damned.
Check out my review of Radiance!
Following on from the end of Radiance, Eidolon sees Kai prince Brishen and human princess Ildiko stepping up to rule the Kai kingdom and stop an army of demons, known as galla, that are feasting on anyone who crosses their path.
As always, Draven’s work is so easy and comforting to read. This is the fourth book I’ve read by her, and she’s definitely cemented herself as the romantasy author I reach for when I’m in the mood for something from that genre. This is the first book I’ve read by her, however, where I’ve returned to the same characters, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed seeing Brishen and Ildiko again. They’re just so content and comfortable around each other that reading their scenes together feels so comforting.
I had a feeling Eidolon would be angstier than Radiance and I wasn’t wrong, but I was also pleasantly surprised by how little the angst felt like it took over the plot. Some authors seem to make their characters miserable just for the sake of it, but because Draven writes romantasy you’re pretty much guaranteed a happily ever after when you go into one of her books and a happily ever after is what I’m looking for when I go into a romance.
There’s very little I can say about this book other than that I enjoyed it, and it was just what I needed when I picked it up. The ending is no great shock, it’s easy to see where it’s going once the plot gets moving, but these characters are so much fun to be around that I didn’t care. I love Brishen – he’s such a lovely leading man, and beautifully straddles the line between masculinity and tenderness – and his relationship with Ildiko is one that isn’t difficult to root for. You can’t help but want these two to be happy.
Brishen’s cousin Anhuset is still my favourite character in this series, though. Any woman who almost drowns someone in a bowl of soup is a woman after my own heart. I’m so pleased that the next book in this series, The Ippos King (which is hopefully being released this year!), will focus on her and Brishen’s friend Serovek. Their flirting in this book was so much fun, and I can’t wait to see more of them.
Again, I don’t think villains are Draven’s strong point but, as I’ve said before, I don’t read romance for the villains. Just give me all the sweet Brishen and Ildiko content, thanks very much.
If you’re in the mood for an arranged marriage romantasy series that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face, where the leading man isn’t glum and brooding, then I’d recommend picking these books up!