Booklist Online Exclusive: August 25, 2010
The Fire Lord's Lover.
Kennedy, Kathryne (Author)
Jul 2010. 384 p. Sourcebooks/Casablanca, paperback, $7.99. (9781402236525).
In an alternate Georgian England divided into seven realms by evil elves who had left the peaceful Elfhame, their offspring are tested and those who have inherited strong magical powers are sent to Elfhame while those who have lesser powers often become slaves. General Dominic Raikes, the Champion and bastard son of Mor’ded, the fire wielding Elven ruler of Firehame returns to London after winning a battle against a neighboring Elven lord resulting in custody of King George and his court. His reward, or possibly his punishment, is to marry Lady Cassandra who seems mousey and unlikely to earn his love. Cassandra, however has been secretly trained as an assassin utilizing her magical dance skills. Dominic has good reason for his aloof coldness but Cass wins him over placing both of them as well as all the humans in Firehame in peril. The unique world Kennedy has created and the underground rebellion of humans against their cruel magical rulers is enticing. Readers will be eagerly anticipating the sequels to experience the other six unique realms and follow the epic conflict between humans and elves that is just beginning as well as enjoying the sexy romantic intrigue.
— Diana Tixier Herald