Title: Bride for the God-King
Author: Adonis Devereux
Source: Requested Review
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Format: ebook - 204 pages
Release Date: December 24th 2011
The telepath Elemia has spent her whole life training for her chance to marry the god-king in his far-away capital, but then she meets Abbas—and everything comes apart as they fall for each other.
As a half-breed, Abbas is barely tolerated by his own people, and Elemia is cast out of her order of novices for being with him. As punishment, Elemia is to be sold in marriage to Abbas' older brother, though her mind has already joined with Abbas'. The lovers would do anything to avoid this untenable situation, but even if they escape, they will still have to deal with the god-king.
My Review -
Having read Adonis Devereux's first book “Worth His Freedom,” I was very excited to read this book as it is set in the same beautiful world that the author created. I have to start off by saying that this is a real hidden gem that I wish more people discover this book and author. I became lost in the author's fantastical world that always reminds me of Games of Thrones and Lords of the Rings. A far away world where there are no cars, no modern facilities, but an archaic society full of rich rituals, loyalty and lives bound by obligations to one's position in life.
Being born a telepath Elemia was sent to a convent to prepare for the prospect of being the bride for the God-King which had been prophesied thousands of years ago that his true soulmate and wife will be discovered among an Ausir telepath. Up to this point not one potential bride has been the one, thus according to ritual these pure maidens who are not prophesied to be the one for the the God-King are sold as wives. Elemia on one hand is unique as an Ausir telepath in that she is plain and simple (the telepaths of the convent are known for their beauty) and is kept away from others.
One day when several chieftains and lords enter the city to obtain brides, Elemia is cast aside due to her plainness and is assigned the task to info the master of any humans who may approach the city. While keeping watch from her post she sees Abbas which sets stage for the encounter.
Abbas enters the castle on behalf of his step-brother ( a human) and chieftain to obtain a wife. However, once the High Mother sees Abbas, a half-Ausir/half-human she wants him executed and Elemia prevents it.
Both Elemia and Abbas are drawn to each other because the two see within each other the beauty that lives within them. Each knows what it is like to be treated like an outsider, never having anyone truly cared for them completely until now.
Abbas is drawn to Elemia for her inner strength, goodness, and self-sacrifice to protect him. Elemia sees Abbas as perfection and the notion someone so beautiful both inside and out being harmed pains her soul.
Both embark on a relationship that is full of barriers set to keep them apart. I completely fell in love with both of these characters for the self-sacrifices that they would endure for each other and the depth of their love for each other despite the odds against them. They saw no one else but each other as their soulmate, completing them and providing them happiness that has been deprived of them all their lives up to now.
As the story continued my heart ached for them because of the indignities and injustices that both suffered that I wanted to scream “please let them be happy!” at times. To add to that point, once I thought things were finally going their way a twist occurred in the story and once again my heart ached for their loss. This is a beautiful love story that grows from despair and heartache and demonstrates the power of self-sacrifice, perseverance and dedication that occurs with love. It was an emotional ride that at times I was in tears. This book had one of the most beautiful and touching endings I have read in a while that it may leave readers in tears (I became very choked up and cried at the end because of the beauty of it). I highly recommend this book.