"Lourdes has to change the binding agreement promising Rhys her hand in a true marriage with the price of saving her sister. But Rhys has secrets, and his interests in marrying her seems much more than just political scheming, but can she trust him, after all she seems to have nothing in common with the flesh eating, poisonous, scheming Mimetidae Clan of skilled mercenaries."
Published: Samhain Publishing on April 17th 2012
Pages: 122 Pages
Form: E-book (from the author for an honest review)
Series: Araneae Nation #1
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Excerpt: Chapter 1
Lourdes has agreed to bind herself to Rhys, a political "marriage" of sorts to the questionable Mimetidae, to keep her Clan of silk weaving Araneidae safe and to revenge her parent’s murder which has made her the leader of her people.
But when her sister is kidnapped by their old guards, turned her parents' murderers Lourdes has to change the binding agreement promising Rhys her hand in a true marriage with the price of saving her sister.
But Rhys has secrets, and his interests in marrying her seems much more than just political scheming, but can she trust him, after all she seems to have nothing in common with the son of flesh eating, poisonous, scheming Mimetidae Maiven and her Clan of skilled mercenaries.
The plot was interesting, Theridiidae Clan went back on their word killing Lourdes’s parents making her the youngest Maiven of the Araneidae Clan, which forces her to make a deal with the Mimetidae Maiven ( equivalent of a Queen ) to marry one of her sons for the protection of her Clan against the Theridiidae. Lourdes expects one of the poisonous cannibalistic brute warriors and is shocked to find herself with a man with kindness and understanding. But that’s not all, her sister has been kidnapped, and on her search for her they come across a deadly gruesome plague that turns animals and people to something unnatural and bleeds them yellow.
The romance in A Hint of Frost was suggestive and mostly sweet, protected Lourdes had no clue how things were to go, and having Rhys tempt her and protect her gave a interesting feel to their romance. I probably would have loved more romance in the book, I felt it was perhaps left too much in the end. The book almost had a slightly christian feel to it with the innocence and the waiting, but when things got hot there wasn’t much christian about it.
I enjoyed the contrasting religions of healing and science, I liked seeing it explored in the book. I think this book introduced the characters well for the future books, left a lot of interesting openings for future relationships and political intrigue. Great fantasy, lovely romance and interesting twist on the mesh of spiders and people and their culture.