I absolutely love Sarah Delena White’s books, and I will rave about them to anyone who will listen. I stick to willing participants, because I’m told that following random strangers around, shoving books into their hands, is a little weird and possibly scary. So far, I’m convinced.
I loved Sarah’s first book, Halayda.
It had everything that I look for in a book, and more. I love Sylvie, and generally just want to curl up on her couch, wrapped in a comfy blanket, and hang out with Sylvie and her friends. The world of Kyure was so interesting that I still long to visit it-check out my December 7th post if you haven’t yet! And the plot is so much fun, with plenty of unexpected twists and heart-pounding moments. I won’t spoil it for you if you haven’t read it, but if you haven’t, you probably shouldn’t be reading this post. Avert your eyes!
As good as Halayda was, Rothana was even better! Sylvie’s trying hard to be a good Queen, and take care of the people she loves so much. The Maithe constantly seek to assassinate her. She’s starting to wonder if Taylan made a mistake. She’s just a half-fae alchemist who doesn’t know how to use her own magic. But she’s going to have to stop defining herself by other people’s doubts.
Taylan’s past is creeping up behind him, and he’s not sure how much longer he can hold it off. The death realm is calling to him. He’s terrified of failing Sylvie the way he failed his son, and the blood of those he’s killed clings to him. When he’s drawn into the death realm, he’s not sure he deserves to find a way out.
Our other friends from Halayda have roles to play as well. Diza and Zad are trying to follow their own important paths, and wishing that those paths would stop diverging for once. Will fate ever let them be together? And Casimir…we’re not quite sure what Casimir is doing, but he surprised me in this one! Sarah writes some intriguing villains, and that is all I will say on that!
Here’s the summary for Rothana, and the buy links.
A new queen falls. A death lord rises. An ancient foe looms in the shadows.
Sylvie Imanthiya is desperate to lead Faerie well and deepen the bond with her husband, former king Taylan Ashkalabek. But all hope of that vanishes when the winter solstice ceremony ends in disaster, stranding her and Taylan in the Deathrealm, and stripping the kingdom from her.
With Faerie in chaos, Zad and Diza are separated once again: Zad to reconcile with an old mentor to stabilize the kingdom, and Diza to confront the nefarious Casimir in the mortal realm. But Casimir claims that a greater evil seeks to destroy both realms, an evil that Diza’s unique death magic can hold at bay—if she could only remember how.
In the Deathrealm, Taylan is succumbing to the lure of specters from his past, and pushing away Sylvie’s love. Overwhelmed by decay and darkness, Sylvie must summon unexpected magic from the soul of Kyure to fight for her convictions and her husband’s heart.
Shadows divide them. Their friends are in peril. If Sylvie fails, her marriage and her world will fall.
I’ll be joining Uncommon Universes Press, our lovely author Sarah, and Laura A. Grace at Unicorn Quester for the Facebook launch party for Rothana. Come by and say hello! Morgan L. Busse and Bethany Jennings will be there as well. https://www.facebook.com/events/697422377305289/
About the Author
Sarah Delena White was raised by wolves in an alternate dimension. She writes eclectic speculative fiction that reworks mythology with a fine balance of poetry and snark. She’s an experienced world traveler who loves to weave world folklore and ancient concepts into vibrant, original story worlds. She is the administrative manager for Uncommon Universes Press. When she’s not writing, she can be found making elegant designer bead jewelry, traveling to festivals as a professional ballad singer, drinking tea, and seeking to create the perfect latte. She can be bribed with dark chocolate.
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