Title: A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer #2)
Author: Laura Thalassa
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Released Date: May 27th 2017
Synopsis on Goodreads:
Siren and soulmate to the King of Night, Callypso Lillis survived the clutches of Karnon, the mad king, and his twisted prison. But the nightmare isn’t over. Callie wears the physical reminders of her time as a captive, and mounting evidence suggests the Thief of Souls is still out there.
When a fae celebration thrusts Callie and her mate, Desmond Flynn, into the Kingdom of Flora, they take their investigation with them. But under the bright lights and striking blooms of the realm, they find there are more immediate issues to deal with. No place is more uniquely savage than the great fae halls, and no amount of bargains can save Callie from royal intrigues.
Fairies play dangerous games. Some want love, some want vengeance, some want flesh, and some want things too unspeakable to utter. One thing is for sure: no one is who they appear to be. Not even Des, who only grows more enigmatic with every passing secret.
But the Kingdom of Flora has its own secrets, from bleeding trees to branded slaves and missing guards. Something is stirring in the land of all that grows, and if Callie isn’t careful, it will claim everything and everyone she loves—and her along with it.
Desmond Flynn is a man or fae full of charms.
“From flame to ashes, dawn to dusk, for the rest of our lives, be mine always, Desmond Flynn,” I whisper against his lips, reciting the same words that first took him away from me.
P L O T
A great sequel to the first book, though I still love the first book than this because of the second chance in love theme, and the shifts between past and present. I wondered how the second book is going to play out. This time it’s more about Des and his past and his world. Callie learning to accept her new features, both of them working together to discover the person behind the disappearances, sleeping women, and creepy children. (They still tend to scare me.)
Des is magic, and somehow, through some odd twist of fate, I get to be a part of that magic.
I knew there was something off with The Green Man, he gave me the creeps every time he was in the room. He gave me the impression of a perverted psycho. (Hahaha!) I would have loved to see the real Green Man.
I am the dark creature that craves sex and destruction, and he is the kind of it.
C H A R A C T E R S
My friend disliked Desmond in this book but I kept an open mind and when I finished the book I realize I have to disagree. He pushed Callie beyond her boundaries because she needed to learn to protect herself and she’s a bad-ass, if Des were to protect and save her all the time where would that leave her ego? And in the end, selfish as it may have seemed I don’t hate Desmond for giving Callie the drink of eternal life. People do foolish things when they’re in love and that moment just showed how much Des does.
Wrongs can be forgiven. It’s death that one cannot return from.
She started with hating her new body upgrade but I’m glad she finally came to realize it was a gift and one she no longer wants to get rid of. I think she’s found her purpose in this book, avenging the human slaves and giving them hope for a better life.
“It’s time the Otherwold understand just how strong a slave can be.”
I’ve been missing Temper and I’m so glad she finally came to join the party. Callie needed her best friend, a person she’s met before her life turned one-eighty. And she’s the best friend a girl could have. Let’s not forget about her and Malaki, that Lord never stood a chance against her.
“I can’t believe you blew up a portal to the Otherworld.”
“Bitch, that’s just called making an entrance.”
W R I T I N G
Laura Thalassa has such a creative imagination. I love the Flora realm, it’s so beautiful and colorful. (I love flowers, can’t you tell?) Though the forest of Oak trees got thrashed in the end and that was a gruesome sight.
Here is the monster that all those fairytales warned me of. A man too beautiful to be real, one who rides out on dark nights to snatch up wayward maidens.
Her storytelling in this book is amazing, I could feel the hurt and love in one scene and happiness in the next. Desmond and Callie are a force to be reckoned with, they’re soul mates after all.
He stares at me like I’m his starlight, and he’s the darkness preparing to devour me.
O V E R A L L
This was a wonderful sequel to the first book,there’s more mysteries and let’s not forget one of the greatest mystery, Des’s undead father. I also wonder about the Queen of Flora if she’ll still want to get her revenge on Callie and Des for ruining her beloved Oaks but she seems to be so broken at the moment. I wonder if the other realms will wage war against the Night Kingdom.
There is nothing that defangs a woman quite like being called beautiful.
I’m pretty sure Des and Callie will have an argument about her becoming immortal and I’m so looking forward to that. I’m currently reading The Emperor of Evening Stars and am loving young Desmond. I cannot wait for the final book in the series, I cannot wait for them to defeat the evil and live happily ever after. I’d shit bricks if it’s not a HEA.
And I’m not going to lie, I feel like a bad bitch tonight, which I totally dig.