Dark Descent by Riane Lasair

Basilisk Tales, Book 1

Torquere Press

Fantasy/Paranormal (M/M)

ISBN: 978-1-60370-499-1, 1-60370-499-X

Reviewed by Sabella



Their two cities have distrusted each other for centuries – but will they be able to set this aside and work together to save everyone?  Will ancient secrets be revealed to explain the original rift between the cities and will these differences now be embraced as they discover that they need each other more than they ever imagined?

Vee lives in isolation because of his gift – he is such a powerful empath that being surrounded by people is painful and overwhelming.  Still, this ability makes Vee invaluable to the society of Undernegra.  When a group from above comes to seek Undernegra’s aid, Vee is assigned to help them neutralize this threat.  But to Vee’s surprise one these strangers has the ability to mute the emotions that cripple Vee and may become something more to Vee.

Bran is one of the military men in the contingent sent from Aergra to Undernegra to seek their aid.  As all the people of his group, Bran is amazed at the technology and how similar the people of Undernegra are to his own people in Aergra, above ground.  Then, Brand meets Vee and he begins to discover how different they really are from each other when Vee reveals some of the secrets of their society and inadvertently reveals things about Bran himself and the society he lives in that Bran never knew or ever imagined could be real.

But soon strange things start to happen between Vee and Bran that will bring them closer – if they let it happen and reveal a greater danger to all than was ever suspected…

Dark Descent is a truly awesome fantasy tale that really displays how talented Riane Lasair is as a writer.  However, the book, since its previous publication, has been reworked to develop a stronger storyline, but shortening the depths displayed by the characters.  While the editing on this version is better than in the previous released version, it still could have used a more thorough going over to catch small typographical errors that are still present in the narrative.  That said Vee is an amazingly endearing character with his shyness and vulnerability that make you want to cuddle him and protect him from the world while wondering at his talent and history.  Bran, on the other hand, is a strong Alpha male that is meant to be a protector, which makes him perfect for Vee in more ways than one.  These two men make a wonderful combination that will keep you turning the pages eager to find out what comes next and exploring the passion between them that will have you sweating from the very start.  I really loved Dark Descent with its unique plot and memorable characters and I can’t wait for the next book in the series!

Note: This book was previously released by another publisher.


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