Sunday, September 29, 2013

Hyacinth by Abigail Owen (The Svatura, #2)

by Abigail Owen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series: The Svatura, Book 2
Publication Date: February 23, 2013
Publisher: Abigail Owen
ISBN: 1482626071 (Paperback)
Page Count: 200
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Fantasy
Recommended Age: YA on up
Available to Purchase From: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Selene sacrificed everything when she took her brother’s place as ruler of the Vyusher, including her secret love for her one-time adversary Griffin Aubrey. When nightmares that are just a little too real start, Selene fears she’s turned into a cold-blooded killer…the monster that Griffin thinks she is.

Griffin and Ellie Aubrey are finally safe for the first time in over a hundred years. But when an unknown menace drives Selene to leave her family and ask for help, Griffin must decide. Can he move past his hatred of everything she is? Or will the bond that could bring them both the greatest joy now be the source of their deepest despair?

The threat of the danger stalking Selene in her dreams might be too much even for this powerful group. And Griffin doesn’t want to easily forgive the woman he blames for killing his family…

My Review:
Abigail Owen takes us back to the world of the Svatura, beings who live far longer than humans and possess extraordinary powers from controlling fire to morphing into different creatures, to being able to transport to different locations in a flash! Hyacinth takes off from book one, Blue Violet in perfect harmony as more Svatura find their heart’s true mates and struggle with past differences among the different clans. Ellie and Alex have cemented and committed to their bond. Now its Griffin’s turn to discover his soulmate, and instead of being a joy to his heart, it brings him deep conflict, as he realizes his mate for eternity is Selene , the new queen of the Vyusher, the clan who not only killed his parents, but had attempted to wipe all Svatura off the face of the earth. Will his reluctance to even be I the same room with a contrite Selene keep them apart? Will Selene have to choose between her people and her heart’s desire? With all the dissension and the evil afoot, there are far more pressing matters at hand.

Once again Abigail Owen creates a world filled with strong characters who know how to work as a team, working for the whole as opposed to trying to be the shining star. Her ability to convey a sense of camaraderie and the unselfish devotion the characters have for each other is admirable and refreshing. The conflicts come either from the heart or from the outside, cementing everyone even tighter as the explore and celebrate new powers that are discovered and honed.

 I can’t say enough about how well this story flows, Ms. Owen gives us strong characters, a great plot filled with tension and excitement, while not giving in to page after page of graphic violence. Hyacinth is another well-thought out tale with a refreshing plot, refreshingly sweet romance and wonderful characters!

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