Book #5 in the OF WAR Series spans four generations of women in Alena's family from her great-grandmother, Shar Draiocht the last known Queen of the Dark Kingdom to her tortured daughter Morrowind, to Maven Alena's free-spirited mother and through the lonely life of Alena MacLeod ending where "The Heart of War" begins with the night Alena washes up on Ares' shore. With intensity, lust, fear, and strength these Women of War make their way in the world revealing the hidden truths of the past and Ares true connection to his beloved Wife, Alena.
About the Author
Lisa Beth Darling is never one to shy away from the less pleasant things in life, indeed she believes that it is in the Darkness where Character is created, determined, and defined. Lisa's heroes and heroines have their love tested by demons from within and without. Writing with a passionate flare and unflichingly venturing where other writers dare not tread, Lisa creates novels filled with heart stopping action, gripping drama, nail biting suspense, and hot steamy sex. This is Dark Erotic Romance at its gritty best. Therefore, ALL FICTION works are intended for Members of A Mature Adult Audience who love to submerse themselves in the rich seduction of worlds full of love, lust, rage, redemption, obsession, betrayal and madness. They are not intended for the faint of heart or those who enjoy a sweet read.
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Women of War based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
I thought this was a wonderful story that explains about Alena's past and fills the gap to so many unanswered question's that I had regarding her back story. The generations of women in Alena's bloodline lived through so many trials and suffered so much that it's a wonder that Alena was ever even born. I finally got to meet Alena's parents and find out what Apollo and Eros actually did to her. This was a really fast read and it is a nice addition to the series.
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle: --Actual rating 4.5 Skulls What an incredible additional installment to the Of War series. Still just as sexy, dark, dangerous and gritty as the rest, but a delightful peek into all of those little holes that we didn't quite have the full story for in books #1 - #4. We get Alena's full backstory in this book. Learn how she ended up with her father, where she really came from, what the difference is between the light and dark kingdoms, find out how she met Artemis, what really happened with Eros and Apollo and more... Lisa Beth tells the story of Alena's great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother to lay the foundation of the Light Fey and Dark Fae in a truly captivating manner. She delves into their lives, hardships, and expresses - as only Lisa Beth can - the sacrifices made. Over the course of the series I've always been a bit humbled by Alena's strength and after reading Women of War I realized where a lot of it came from. She has never had an easy life. She was rejected, abandoned, lived in fear, suffered more hardship than any one person should, and yet bounced back with even more conviction, strength, and inner light. And while Lisa has always made it known that Apollo is not a character you will ever love, after reading Women of War you will truly despise him. There have been some nasty Gods in these books, characters that literally turned your stomach, some that were able to redeem themselves in future installments, but now that we have the 'true' story of what happened with Alena, Apollo and Ares, you will never look at any of them the same again. Women of War still held true to the style that fans of the series have come to know and love. There were parts that were really tough to read - very violent, explicit, etc - and yet, they were told with such talent that it simultaneously made me uncomfortable (something I always look forward to with these books actually, LOL) and awed me. Women of War is an utterly captivating thrill-ride that will have you thinking long after the last page is turned, however, I do not suggest reading Women of War without having read and enjoyed the other books of the series first. This is definitely a series that builds and each book is another level from the one before. I cannot wait to see how Lisa Beth brings about the finale of the series and I am SO excited to jump into Kingdoms of War next. :)
Find this review and more at Lusty Penguin Reviews! Spanning four generations, Women of War is an enthralling addition to the Of War series, fully filling in Alena’s back story which the reader had glimpses of in the other novels. In the first part of this story, Lisa Beth Darling, with her unique voice, uses the stories of Alena’s great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother to tell the stories of the Fey and the Dark Fae. Their stories are captivating because their personalities and lives are so different from each other. Furthermore, Alena’s story is thoroughly consuming, keeping me glued to my e-reader as I discovered all about her life before she washed up on Ares’s island. After learning about the women in Alena’s family tree, I found it is easy to see where Alena strength comes from. Alena’s early life, filled with rejection, fear, violence, and loneliness, is heartbreaking. Eros kidnaps Alena and asks Apollo to help him question her about the location of the Golden Lands and the Dark Kingdom. With his ability to change forms and search minds for memories, Apollo violates and tortures Alena both emotionally and physically. These scenes are quite explicit and were difficult to read. I thought Apollo was downright mean in the other books, but these scenes just solidified my belief that he is just a despicable character—the kind you love to hate and hope will receive justice for his actions. After witnessing firsthand what was only suspected in the previous books, I found Alena’s character even more endearing, knowing what she has endured all these years. Women of War is a gripping, page-turning drama that will be remembered long after the last page is read. In order to be fully enjoyed, I believe that Women of War should be read after reading the other books in this series. I absolutely love revisiting these characters each time a new story is released, and I am eager to see how the author concludes this series in Kingdoms of War due out in 2014.