For centuries, the people have lived under the protection of their so-called Dark Lord. Now, with news of his death reaching the quiet village of Everdark, rumour whispers that his son, Lucias, is hunting for a mistress to beget him an heir.
Seventeen-year-old Clara doesn't put much stock in village gossip, until she finds herself forcibly taken to the Lord's fortress. Escape is not easy. She has no way out and, against a man with magic, little chance of fighting back. But the Lords are still men and the death of Lucias' father is proof that they die just the same. And yet, if Lucias dies heirless, his army will be free to terrorize the land.
Such is the goal of Lenora of Ne'ermore, an old enemy and ex-prisoner of the kingdom. She is sending a man to slaughter Lucias and, to ensure there's no chance of an heir, his mistress must die as well.
Caught between regaining her freedom or losing it for the good of the kingdom, Clara struggles to decide her path before certain death breaches the gates.
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The character of Clara caught my interest from her mother's bellow in the first sentence of the book. The author's world building kept me curious and intrigued. Once we met The Great Lord and discover why he needed the girls, I had to keep on reading until I finished to see how it all turned out. Most of the book focuses on Clara's determination - no matter what - to avoid what seems to be inevitable. Lucias is a charming character, who wears his heart on his sleeve and who tries so hard to deal with the hand he has been given. I don't want to give away any spoilers here but suffice it to say, once you begin reading you won't be able to put it down! Look forward to reading the next book!
Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite Dark One’s Mistress by Aldrea Alien is a clean, romantic fantasy novel. Clarabelle Weaver is minding her own business when a mysterious carriage sweeps in and kidnaps her, taking her away to the Great Lord’s castle on the outskirts of Everdark. Within the walls of the castle, the Great Lord seeks a mistress upon which to sire an heir, to carry on the bloodline and continue to protect the village below. Clara is stubborn in her resistance to the young lord, Lucias, because of stories she has heard in the past of the horrible ways of the Great Lords. Lucias is conflicted by his feelings for Clara, but more concerned with the impending attack on his person by his mother. Will Clara overcome her qualms and submit to a lord very different from those of her imagination? Or will Everdark be doomed to face a fate of no protection? I was very interested in this novel from the initial reading of the synopsis, and I was pretty satisfied with the overall story. I thought the idea of a lord ruling over a land where he kept order by employing the criminals was very interesting. I will admit, I did not like the character of Clara, but I was glad to see her come around in the end. I found Lucias' character to be very interesting, and I would look forward to reading more about his past, or how the lords came to rule over the land. I hope that Miss Alien is planning another book so we can find out what happens next. However, people who enjoy clean romance novels will enjoy Dark One’s Mistress by Aldrea Alien.