ROMANCE

Blood and Ember

Sourcebooks Casablanca. (Stormbringer, Bk. 3). Jul. 2021. 288p. ISBN 9781492687603. pap. $8.99. SF ROMANCE
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As storms rage across the land and the Traitor God’s creations seek to kill all living creatures, Olivr, a knight sworn to truth, discovers the most horrific truth hiding within himself. Facing it will lead to either salvation for his world or his death, or both. Vivian, a god-forged Sentinel, admires young Olivr’s commitment, and even if their attraction may be doomed from the start, she wants to travel as his guide to the Battlefield, where the terrors destroying their world begin and end. But Vivian also has orders to make sure Olivr isn’t corrupted, and the closer they grow to each other, the harder it is for her to contemplate killing the man she loves. Cooper completes the trilogy of The Stormbringer and The Nightborn with this solid adventure, heavier on fantasy than on romance, which provides crossover appeal. Because of his behavior, Olivr seems much younger than Vivian at times, but the worldbuilding makes up for minor inconsistencies in characterization.
VERDICT Recommended for libraries that own the first two books and where fantasy romance is popular.
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