Science fiction and fantasy
The Invisible Ring
by Anne Bishop
Jared is another of Anne Bishop's dream guys: considerate as well as passionate, and willing to fight for the people he cares about. In spite of being brutalised in his past, his heart is always in the right place. There's tons of simmering sexuality as Jared and the band of slaves accompany the Grey Lady on a long and difficult journey back to her home.
Dorothea SaDiablo, the twisted Priestess of Hayll, is no fan of the Grey Lady, so she sends her minions after the group in order to destroy them. In addition, more than one of their party is pretending to be something they are not, and someone seems to be letting Dorothea know where they are. Anne Bishop's signature violent streak is in evidence, and there are occasional scenes of stomach-churning grisliness as they fight to stay alive.
At heart though this is a romance, fairly obvious as regards the plot but fun all the same. The people of this female-dominated world are often slaves to their emotions, and feelings can take on the force of unstoppable, primal instincts. The more powerful the characters are, the less capable of self-control they seem to be.
The Invisible Ring will satisfy anyone who has read the Black Jewels trilogy and wants more of the same. Big on passion and full of impact, it builds up nicely to a climax. If you want an undemanding read that's by turns romantic, adrenalin-pumped and a little offbeat, then read this book.
Review © Ros Jackson
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