Overlord’s Vessel by Bronwyn Green
Ellora’s Cave
Light bondage/fantasy
ISBN 9781419909979
Reviewed by Amelia

   

 

Elizabeth has been selected as the mate for the overlord of Maelgwn, the vessel who will bear his heirs. She’s not too thrilled with being selected because the closer that Micah gets to her, the more she fears he will learn her secret.

In a land where women are not permitted to possess magical skills, Elizabeth has a great deal of them, including the power to heal. Elizabeth’s mother was burned at the stake for her own magical skills, so Elizabeth is willing to do whatever she can to get away from Micah, including running away from him over and over again.

Micah never wanted to be overlord. But after the death of his father, and his brother’s abdication, he doesn’t have a choice. He’s pleased with the choice of Elizabeth as his mate, and frustrated that she doesn’t reciprocate his feelings. But, in this land of magic, Micah has none. Or doesn’t he? When Elizabeth comes to the keep things start to change. Micah needs her help, and the help of his friend, Asher, to make the changes permanent.

Overlord’s Vessel starts with a bang. The sex is hot and at first, I thought a bit hasty and overdone. As I was reading, I thought I would have liked a bit more back-story before the couple hit the sheets together. But, as the story progressed, I realized that it was the perfect start for the book, to show how the women of Maelgwn were treated, and how the people, namely Elizabeth and Micah, had been raised.

Once I got over my initial dismay at the early couplings, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. So much so that I found myself entranced, unwilling to break away because I wanted to see what happened next.

Ms. Green has created a magical world full of fantastic characters and rituals. I for one hope to see more of Maelgwn, and hope that it won’t be long before we see how things work out for Asher, who, I have to admit, was absolutely yummy. 

Overlord’s Vessel has found its way to my keeper shelf. I can’t wait for a return to this delightful world.

     

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