RELEASE DATE: May 27th 2017
AUTHOR: Laura Thalassa
GENRE: New-Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Fae.
PUBLISHER: Lavabrook Publishing Group
Siren and soulmate to the King of Night, Callypso Lillis survived the clutches of Karnon, the mad king, and his twisted prison. But the nightmare isn’t over. Callie wears the physical reminders of her time as a captive, and mounting evidence suggests the Thief of Souls is still out there.
When a fae celebration thrusts Callie and her mate, Desmond Flynn, into the Kingdom of Flora, they take their investigation with them. But under the bright lights and striking blooms of the realm, they find there are more immediate issues to deal with. No place is more uniquely savage than the great fae halls, and no amount of bargains can save Callie from royal intrigues.
Fairies play dangerous games. Some want love, some want vengeance, some want flesh, and some want things too unspeakable to utter. One thing is for sure: no one is who they appear to be. Not even Des, who only grows more enigmatic with every passing secret.
But the Kingdom of Flora has its own secrets, from bleeding trees to branded slaves and missing guards. Something is stirring in the land of all that grows, and if Callie isn’t careful, it will claim everything and everyone she loves—and her along with it.
“He tastes like fairy wine and dirty thoughts.”
A strange Hymn is a second installment in the bargainer series. I’ve mixed bag of feelings about this book. I mean I really liked it, but honestly It wasn’t my favorite. The plot was a bit predictable and I had few issues with Desmond’s character. And also this book felt a bit slow because nothing exciting happened until the ending part. The romance between Callie and Des reminded me so much of Feyre and Rhysand’s from ACOTAR especially with the mate bond thing. The world building was fantastic. The writing was lyrical and I loved it. The plot was good but not great. Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable read.
The story continues from where it was left off in the first book. Callie gets rescued from the Fauna Court but she can’t forget the torture she had faced by the hands of Karnon Kaliphus, the mad king of fauna . While dealing with her trauma, Callie needs to get acquainted with the fae court because she’s the soulmate of Desmond, king of Night. Not many people are happy with their relationship because she’s a human. During her stay in the Night Court, Callie finally comes to see the dark side of Desmond. He was always secretive of his past and she wants to unwrap each of his layers. When a new threat surfaces in the kingdom of Night, Callie and Des realizes that their nightmare isn’t over and once again they investigate the mystery and try to find the thief of souls, the mysterious enemy who’s causing chaos in their kingdom.
Callie was strong yet Vulnerable. The hell she has faced while being held captive by the fauna king had left her scarred but she still stood strong with brave face and keep moving forward in her new life with her soulmate. I really liked her inner Siren side who’s bold, fierce, and dangerous. One thing that annoyed me was how she fawned over Des’s beauty every time she sees him. It was too much. I loved Des in the first book but I have mixed feelings about him in this book. I know he loves Callie but I didn’t like some of his actions where he seemed controlling and manipulative. He’s a pretty complex and dark character. He says he loves her and later he blackmails her which is very confusing. The romance between Callie and Des was hot but it was missing all the sexual tension and the angst that was in the first book. Coming to the secondary characters, I loved Callie’s best friend Temper. She’s a total firecracker and I really enjoyed her every scene in the book. Malaki was an interesting character. He reminded me of Lucien from ACOTAR.
The plot was interesting but unfortunately it was a bit predictable for me. I’m not saying it was a bad read because I really enjoyed it but I expected more from it. The pacing seemed a bit slow compared to the first book because most of the book was focused on the romance, drama, and fae royal politics. Things take an exciting turn only at the end part. I actually predicted the major twist at the end however I’m excited to know what’s gonna happen next because there are still some questions that have been left unanswered. The book was told in Callie’s POV and I quite enjoyed the author’s captivating writing style. The world building was pretty good. We’ve finally got a tour to all the floating isles of Night kingdom and also the beautiful flora kingdom.
Overall, it was an enjoyable read but nothing amazing. The book finally concludes with a minor cliffhanger and i’m very much excited for the finale. I really hope it doesn’t disappoint me.
I recommend this series if you’re into sexy fae romance series especially to the ACOTAR fans.