Review: Radiance by Grace Draven

Posted May 27, 2016 by Suzanne in Reviews / 10 Comments

Review: Radiance by Grace Draven
Radiance
by Grace Draven

4.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: January 11th 2015
Series: Wraith Kings #1
Published by Grace Draven
Format: eBook
 

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“…a romance that steadily developed from an unlikely friendship to something that burned a lot hotter. ”
~ Under the Covers

Two unwanted royals, Ildiko niece of the Gauri king and Brishen prince of the Kai are to marry. Their value to their people only what they bring with their marriages. The Gauri and Kai are two vastly different races, and yet Ildiko and Brishen somehow manage to see beyond the superficial differences and something beautiful soon begins to grow. But, there is more to their marriage then just them and not everyone wishes the couple success…and they’re willing to do anything to break them apart.

I can’t believe I almost missed this book! It was just so unexpected, I admit I started to judge the book by the cover a little bit, which made me hesitant about reading. And if I had followed through on that impulse I would have been robbing myself of this exceptional read. Although, the cover is starting to grow on me, at first glance it looks like some of that really bad computer art, but then you actually look at it properly and realise actually, it’s quite lovely. So, there’s another lesson for me about judging books by their covers.

At heart, this book is a romance, it does have some political plots in the background and some world building, but in Radiance, Draven concentrates on the relationship between Ildiko and Brishen. They are both completely different, Ildiko is considered beautiful by her people, and yet a hag by Brishen people’s standards and Brishen looks like a creature from a nightmare to Ildiko, yet in his own culture he is considered very handsome. This book looked at the way they overcame their own perceptions of beauty to see a little deeper. The result of which was a romance that steadily developed from an unlikely friendship to something that burned a lot hotter.

Draven made the journey from strangers, to friends, to lovers a very natural transition and I couldn’t help but really love both characters. Both Ildiko and Brishen are overlooked by their own cultures and so despite their many differences, they also find they have a lot in common, making the basis of their friendship seem very real.

As this book focused on the romance and relationships, the world and story building was kept at a fairly light touch. What was there I did enjoy and although it may have been nice to add a bit more politics to increase the amount of intrigue, I was absorbed enough by the romance that I didn’t miss its absence. It also made Radiance quite a light and easy read leaving a lot for Draven to explore with us readers in future books in this series. Future books that I very much intend on reading.

I highly recommend this book, especially if you already enjoy Fantasy Romance, it was an unexpected delight and I now fully plan on reading Grace Draven’s entire back list.

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About Grace Draven

Grace Draven is a Louisiana native living in Texas with her husband, kids and a big, doofus dog. She is the winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice for Best Fantasy Romance of 2016 and a USA Today Bestselling author.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Thank you Suzanne! I’ve had this book on my TBR list ever since I saw Ilona Andrews give it a high rating. Now I know for sure I want to read this book

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Thanks for the review, this is on my wishlist.

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So glad you loved this one too Suzanne and I’m also planning on reading her entire backlist as well!

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Master of Crows is amazing. Enjoy!

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Oooo I just ordered this the other day… I have been impatiently waiting for ups 🙂

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This has been on my list for-ev-a. I really need to get busy and read it. Her books all look so good to me when I read the blurbs or people’s reviews.

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Wow, this sounds awesome! Not that anything by Grace wouldn’t be, but… Thanks for the review!

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Oh I had a blast with this book for sure!! Simply fantastic. And yeah I loved the romance here and the world building was wonderful. I couldn’t put this one down and is one of the best fantasy romances I have ever read!! Glad you liked it so much and I can’t wait to read Eidolon. 🙂

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