Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sophie Renwick- Velvet Haven (book 1)

Hidden from mortals for all eternity, Annwyn, the Otherworld, is home to shapeshifters, wraiths and dragons. But in a nightclub called Velvet Haven, desire brings humans and immortals together… Built atop the mystic passageway to Annwyn, the gothic nightclub Velvet Haven has seen its share of lost souls—both mortal and immortal. It is here that Bran, the shapeshifter king of the Sidhe, searches for his brother, who is ensnared by a centuries-old curse. When a vision foretells his own death, he knows his time to find Carden is running out. For help he must turn to Mairi, a mortal woman with an unusual aura. Bran has never liked humans, other than using their sexual pleasure to restore his magic energy. But with Mairi everything is different. Her lush curves and teasing caresses enflame him like no Sidhe has ever done. He has no idea that the woman he’s falling for holds the key to his destruction – or his salvation.
In the beginning there was peace. Prosperity. The fertile lands of Annwyn flourished with life; the trees, bountiful, bearing the most luscious of fruit. The forest teemed with life, and the streams ran cool and clear. The people of Annwyn lived harmoniously side by side; the gossamer veil that separated the two spheres allowed its inhabitants to see the mortal realm, yet protected us from man’s poisonous ways. Greed. Lust. Avarice. None of the mortal vices penetrated through the veil, for Annwyn was above all temptations. But now all has been transformed. Annwyn is no longer pure. I taste the changes in the mist which echoes through the now empty forest. I hear it whispered through the fog that shrouds the trees that no longer bear fruit. I feel it on my skin as I wash with waters that no longer run clear. The dark times have arrived. The time has come for war to be waged between man and the inhabitants of Annwyn. They seek a flame and an amulet, hidden away for centuries. Depending on whose hands shall fall these artifacts, will dictate what will come—peace or annihilation. These dark times will see betrayals, deaths, utter blackness before the dawn of light might once again creep between the trees of the forest. And during these dark times the sacred number nine will emerge, bringing with it the beginning and ending of all things. But there will be one among them, a Dark Soul, whose rise shall either be that of savior, or destroyer. Bran is told by Calleach about the dark times. He is to go to the mortal realm to Velvet Haven to find the Dark Mage. But when Bran goes to the mortal realm his power weakens and he has to sleep with a female to regain his powers. He sees Mairi at the club and she has an unusual aura. Just being near her gives him some powers and he doesn't know why. But Bran knows that he only wants her. But Bran knows that a woman will kill him for he has seen it. He just doesn't know who and when. Will Mairi be his destruction or will she be the salvation. I love this series the characters are great and the story plot is very good.
My rating: 5  (Guest blogger- Sandy)

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