Bound by Darkness by Alexis Morgan
Paladins of Darkness #7
Everything changed for the Kalithia warrior, Larem, when he was forced across the barrier and into the human world. Larem never wanted to leave his home but now his own people see him as a traitor and he’s only accepted by some of the Paladins while the rest want to kill him. When the Regents send a new representative to investigate what’s going on in Seattle, Larem knows he needs to keep a low profile. But Sasha is nothing like he expected and now he finds himself getting to know her while hiding who he really is.
Bound by Darkness was another interesting addition to the Paladin series and now that the corrupt Seattle Regent is gone, the Paladins are hoping things can change for the better. I loved Sasha’s dedication to the Paladins and her determination to find ways to protect them. Most of the Regents have been older men who have become jaded by their distance from the actual fighting, but Sasha wants to see things up close, to understand what the Paladins are going through. Her tenacity earns her a lot of respect among the Paladins but siding with their desires also sets her at odds with the Guards who were loyal to the old Regent.
In the earlier books I didn’t really like Larem because he’s pretty judgmental and while his anger over being forced out of his world is justified, it’s also a bit off-putting. But as he’s spent more time in the human world and been welcome by some of the Paladins and their mates he’s lost a lot of his anger. Larem is immediately intrigued by Sasha but he’s also sure she’ll hate him once she realizes what he is, so he tries to stay away. Sasha too is trying to keep her distance because she knows that becoming the assigned Seattle Regent means she can’t become personally involved with the men she supposed to be protecting. While Larem and Sasha had a lot of chemistry they also have a lot of push and pull that got to be a bit tiring after a while.
4 out of 5 stars
As the daughter of a Regent, Sasha has long known about the secret underworld of the Paladins and their work protecting her kind from the dark forces on the other side of the energy barrier. So when she is sent on her first solo investigation, on the path to becoming the first female Regent, she is determined to get the Seattle Paladins in line. Offering sanctuary to their Kalith enemies is simply unacceptable! But when she meets Larem, she is inexorably drawn to a dark and valiant warrior who is not at all what he appears to be. As the power struggle between Regents and Paladins rages on, someone starts making attacks on her life. Sasha must choose between loyalty to her own kind and the warrior she loves . . . with the very fate of humanity hanging in the balance.
Published by Pocket Books on April 26, 2011
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