NOTE: This review is for a book with mature content and sexy times!
A Sorceress of His Own by Dianne Duvall is the first book in Duvall’s new series, The Gifted Ones. According to a note from the author at the end of the book, it was actually written before the Immortal Guardians series, and Alyssa, our heroine, was the gifted one that inspired the whole kit and caboodle.
I’m a big fan of the Immortal Guardians series. I like some of the stories better than others, but I have read and enjoyed them all as fairly lighthearted paranormal romances with kickass female leads. One of my favorite things about Duvall’s work is that she is writing in what I call the “immortal warriors” sub-genre without falling into some of the more annoying character stereotypes. Namely, the big, bad warrior men are NOT assholes and happen to be excellent at communicating and working as a team, both with each other and the women in their lives. This adds a little fluff and serenity to a sub-genre that is so often chaotic and boorish.
The reason this new series kick-off novel only ranked 2 stars for me is that it was just too fluffy. It was cotton candy medieval romance, which just isn’t my thing. So many pages were dedicated to slowly building the romance (that was already there, in my opinion) between Alyssa and Dillon, while so few were dedicated to the plot of villainy. I just wish that more of the Alyssa & Dillon time had been dedicated to the world and lore that Duvall has been creating.
I will continue to read Dianne Duvall’s new releases since I have enjoyed her work so much in the past, and am hoping that I enjoy the next Gifted Ones story a bit more. Currently, I’m excitedly awaiting the August release of Shadows Strike.