Lord of the Dark by Dawn Thompson
Publisher: Kensington, Aphrodisia
Length: Full (304 pgs)
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Review by Viscaria
COME TO ME
Gideon, the greatest among the archangels of the Arcan gods, fell from grace eons ago when he lusted after a mortal woman, knowing well that it was wrong-and that he would live forever with his sin. In his flight from Paradise to the Dark Isle, the vengeful gods exacted an unusual punishment: the slightest touch upon his wings, even from the wind that carries him aloft, arouses him. When a beautiful maiden, survivor of a shipwreck, comes to his lonely kingdom, it is all he can do to restrain himself-Rhiannon, a vision of sensual perfection, awakens true passion in his soul. Enfolding her in his huge, silver-white wings is the only way he can protect her. Heedless of the risk, Gideon is compelled to make her fully his-and the lovers succumb to an erotic enchantment like no other.
WARNING! THIS IS A REALLY HOT BOOK (Sexually Explicit)
While not quite what I expected, Lord of the Dark was a surprisingly sweet as well as hot offering by the late Dawn Thompson.
Gideon is not a happy Archangel, and with good reason. As punishment for his sins he is cursed to forever live in a state of lust. The merest brush of the wind against his wings brings him to painful arousal and he is not allowed the touch of a woman to sate him. When first we meet Gideon he is bitter and cautious, but desperate to slake some of his lust. His fateful decision alters the course of many lives, none moreso than his own. I thought Gideon sexy, even in his amoral attitudes toward what caused his downfall, and found myself rooting for his happiness.
When I first me Rhiannon I thought she was a bit too sweet for my tastes, but she quickly redeemed herself. Her straightforward attitude toward her situations and eventually toward her own sexuality made her a bit more refreshing than I thought she would be from that first meeting. A girl who has been forced into too many unsavory situations to be able to hide from life, she seemed to face reality quicker than one would expect. I will say here, that I didn’t truly like her as much as I could have simply for the fact that she was too headstrong in an almost “Too Stupid To Live” way that seemed to constantly get her into trouble. But, that is a pet peeve of mine and made it harder for me to truly like her. Otherwise, she was sweet in her discovery of what pleasure could truly be.
The storyline of this tale was quite intriguing and inventive, combining a feeling of mythology and a sense of an ancient odyssey mixed so well with the sex and intrigue mythology is so full of. While not a Pantheon I was familiar with, the style was one that was entertaining and kept my interest. I don’t know if Ms. Thompson made up her own pantheon or if it was one she researched but I felt that I understood most of what one could expect from the world she created.
Now, here is where I tell you what I didn’t like of this book. While the story was unique in my experience and even intriguing, I felt there were certain aspects that pulled me from the story and dulled my appreciation of it. In the case of the narrative versus the language and dialogue I felt that the narrative was more modern when it seemed that Ms. Thompson was trying for a more ancient/mythological setting with the language and customs of her characters. While not enough to make me put the book down, it did confuse me on more than one occasion which then made me take a bit of break before continuing. Add in the purplish prose of more than one description and it made it a bit slow-going for me.
Also, I was a bit irritated with the feeling that if “it wasn’t one thing it was another” in the case of everything that happened to the two seemingly star-crossed lovers. I felt that I barely caught my breath from one calamity when another one presented itself. There were several instances where I felt that the story could have been resolved long before it was simply by removing the overabundance of obstacles placed in their way. Having not previously read any books by Ms. Thompson, I can’t say if this is typical of her work or if it was a new development, only that it pulled me from the story with a sense of, “Oh, goodness, what now?”
Now, the above issues being addressed, I will say that I did enjoy this book. The plot and characters were engaging and unique and the sex was indeed heart-pounding and exciting. If you keep in mind that this is more along the lines of an erotic odyssey, then you will thoroughly enjoy Lord of The Dark by Dawn Thompson. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a touching read coupled with a unique and story.