Kaydana, freelance sorceress, must save a prisoner from the dungeons of the cruel King Grunard, but she learns an unexpected lesson about her own sexuality.  First in the Kaydana series.

Kaydana and the Staff of Ishlun by Nyki Blatchley

Dark Eden Press

Dark Fantasy Erotica

Reviewed by Patrice F.

   

 

Kaydana is a feisty sorceress with a code of honor.  Lately, the jobs coming her way have been few and beneath her skills.  Competition for work in the city is fierce and she needs a position that pays.  A pretty Sheovin female named Tati hires her to rescue her brother, Dalu, who is being held prisoner by King Grunard, the sorcerer-king.  After a steamy bout with Tati, Kaydana takes the job.

Grunard is a brutal man with a nasty weapon that keeps everyone from challenging him.  His son, Prince Makreth, has plans, and is interested in using Kaydana to accomplish his goals.  Kaydana decides to play along to complete her job but gets more than what she bargained.

Kaydana and the Staff of Ishlun is brimming with dark subject matter.  This is not for anyone with a weak constitution.  There is non-consensual sex, BDSM, incest, violence and gore.  Kaydana and the Staff of Ishlun is solid writing from beginning to end but the character development is somewhat limited.  Ms. Blatchley has written a no-holds-barred story that is part of a fantasy series featuring Kaydana the Sorceress.  I enjoy strong female protagonists but dislike when they become willing victims.  There were concerns pertaining to Tati and Dalu that were not addressed at least not in this installment.  The main characters were likeable and interesting.  The villains were all irredeemable and in some instances ambivalent.  Overall, this is not a romance per se, but there are emotional connections.

     

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