Synopsis and Details:
An untested young woman must claim her place as the Oracle—and contend with a powerful Djinn—in this novel of the Elder Races.
As a second daughter, Grace Andreas never had to worry about the intrigues of the Elder Races. But when her sister, Petra, and her husband are both killed, Grace inherits the Power and responsibilities of the Oracle of Louisville, as well as her sister’s two young children—neither of which she is prepared for.
Yet, she is not alone. Khalil, Demonkind and Djinn Prince of House Marid—driven by his genuine caring for the children—has decided to make himself a part of the household both as their guardian and as an exasperating counterpoint to Grace’s impudence towards the Elder Races.
But when an attempt is made on Grace’s life, she realizes that Khalil is the only one can protect her—and offer her more than any mortal man…
Series: Elder Races #4 | Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance | Release Date: March 06, 2012 | Publisher: Berkley Sensation | Pages: 336 | ISBN: 978-0425246597 | ASIN: B005GSYXCW | Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Review with Rating:
Grace Andreas was introduced as the Oracle in the previous book in the series, Serpent’s Kiss. The last book ends with Kahlil, Demonkind and Djinn Prince of House Marid, agreeing to watch over Grace’s young kiddos. Being that he is a Djinn, agreeing to watch over the children is doing Grace a favor! In case you do not understand, a djinn’s currency is favors, and he gave a favor without getting something in return. This was a pretty big deal.
Grace on the other hand does not truly understand the weight of the favor that Khalil is offering. She does not want his help, does not want the burden of being the Oracle, a power that passes down female to female in her family, and wishes that her sister (the previous oracle) and brother-in-law had not died because she misses them and so that she would not be responsible for the children as well.
When the Oracle’s services are used they do not require payments, so guess how many people have been paying for that service? Not really many. So Grace is coasting on fumes and trying really hard to just keep the lights on and children fed. Although Grace does have a local coven that acts as a babysitting service for the Oracle and in addition to that service does have a quarterly community service day, it just is not enough help.
Kahlil it seems has developed a tender spot for the children and that is the only love at first sight that is happening in this book. At first judgment he feels that Grace is a less than ideal guardian for the children and that is why he is so determined to stay and watch over the kids. Now do not go thinking that this is Genie from Aladdin, Kahlil is an arrogant prick and he does show this side of himself when Grace, not realizing what his favor of watching the children meant, bargained with him for the price of a favor to watch over the children at another time when she felt threatened from Vampires. Kahlil is a smug, self-appreciating, egotistical selfish jerk….typical Djinn as we know them right?
Which only makes this book more enjoyable. Kahlil might be a crabby djinn but the level of care he provides for the kids and by extension Grace is wonderful and at times really adds some depth to the story itself.
“Khalil’s presence expanded to fill the room behind her. She glanced over her shoulder. Black smoke lifted like gigantic wings over her head. Out of it wicked crystalline eyes watched the males.”
It is after this threat that Grace and Kahlil come to an uneasy truce. She needed someone who’s presence would be a deterrent to any potential supernatural lawbreakers
“Khalil coalesced beside her and looked down at Max too. She turned and gripped his forearm. “Thank you.” A creature that was not known for having a compassionate nature also did not suffer from an overabundance of conscience. But as Kahlil looked into Grace’s full gaze and sincere, grateful expression, he might have experienced a twinge or two.”
Now Kahlil starts to enter into some uncharted territory and for a being created from almost the beginning of time this can be a little unsettling. He starts to see things from a whole new perspective and him and Grace start an uneasy dance of friendship. Meanwhile Grace is beginning to understand her new power and harness it permanently, so that her niece is not the next person to inherit the Oracles powers.
Of course you know that Kahlil and Grace are going to fall in love but the road to that is long and there is major character changes that bring it about. It makes it very romantic in a paranormal romance kind of way. The end of the book is very interesting with scheming, Djinn loyalty changes and some serious sexy times.
The relationship building between Grace and Kahlil is wonderful, and I love it! The story is about them but it also includes a lot about Kahlil’s world and what affects Djinn’s. You really get to see what matters to Kahlil and where his motivation comes for the children. Even though it is in a series, it could be a stand-alone book, as it does not follow the same formula as the others in the series. This book is not full of action with epic battles. It does have some action, some danger, but is mostly a love story and so far one of my favorite stories that include Djinn.