Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Book Review - On Wicked Ground by Sharon Kay

On Wicked Ground (Solsti Prophecy, #4)
by Sharon Kay
Published 2015
333 Pages

After much anticipation, this final installment in the Solsti Prophecy series has answered a lot of questions, and concluded with all the action, adventure, and romance we have come to expect from the Solsti and their beloved demon counterparts! I am sad to see the series come to a close, but excited about a spinoff in the works! Yay! 

Alina lives with her adoptive vampire father, Sebastian, on the demon realm of Torth. Living a nomadic life, she and her father use their skills to commit petty crimes. While making their way from one town to the next, it is hardly a glamorous life, but Alina has adjusted. Still, she longs to know who she is, and where she came from. Most of those around her believe her to be fae, due to her petite stature, but that's not the whole story. And now that she has gained access to a scrying mirror -- an enchanted mirror that allows her to see events unfolding in real time -- she can't resist. Not knowing the full scope of the magic embedded in the object, she is excited about her discovery, but soon realizes there is a high price to pay for her actions
"Seeing their images magnified the intense and sudden pull to uncover her origins."
Now on the run with her father, and stealing cash from unsuspecting locals at a bustling drinking establishment, she spies a familiar face. Handsome, yet intimidating, she recalls the night at Mulvari's party, and can't help wondering what business the handsome stranger could have with a wealthy gangster. She had her own business there -- stealing the coveted amulet. Unable to avoid his approach, he introduces himself as Caine. Despite his size, he doesn't strike her as menacing. So, as they begin an unexpected flirtation, all hell breaks loose, with dark magic crashing down on the establishment. There is no way out.

Caine sees Alina injured in the rubble, unconscious and bleeding. He struggles to find an escape, and in desperation uses his own amulet to go to the one place he knows she will be safe. Unbeknownst to Caine, bringing Alina to the safe house sets the course for a connection that no one can anticipate, putting lives at risk, and bringing forth the combined powers of the Solsti... powers needed to prepare for a war on the horizon.

Alina is part of a force that was believed to be a myth, but she still has one deep, dark secret she is keeping from Caine. And as his feelings for her continue to grow, she pulls away. These two seem destined to be together, but the barriers may be too great. Falling in love isn't an option for Alina, and even with all the magic between them, there are some forces even greater. Like all matters of the heart, it's complicated, especially when you are a Solsti... with the most powerful magic of all. 
"'You’re tough and you’re a survivor. You’re smart and you’re sexy as hell. I want you.' He nuzzled her ear. 'All the time. In my bed...'"
I loved the characters in this installment, with Caine being a formidable, sexy Watcher, and Alina having plenty of skills to keep him on his toes! The story ties up loose ends, combines meaningful details from the other books, and brings the entire series into context. With four uniquely individual tales, I highly recommend this well written and exciting series to fans of paranormal romance who enjoy plenty of steamy romance and adventure!

Available on Amazon

Reviewed by Stephanie

Reviews for other books in the series:
Wicked Wind (book #1)
Wicked Waves (book #2)
Wicked Flames (book #3)

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