Thursday, 7 August 2014

Divine Scales (Blood Prince #4) by Jennifer Blackstream


The fates of a warrior angel and a bespelled mermaid are forever entangled in the new Blood Prince novel by bestselling author Jennifer Blackstream.

A warrior with a hunger for sin . . .

Driven by a terrible hunger for the black souls of evil men, Patricio, divine executioner of the gods, patrols the kingdom with blood on his hands and ice in his heart. The families of his victims sing his praises--the result of a witch’s cruel curse that condemns him to be forever surrounded by false adulation. When the curse sours the first hint at romance Patricio has had since becoming the king’s heir, his rage is all consuming. Disgusted, he leaves the mermaid in the sea and returns to the palace…only to be shocked when she bargains for the legs to follow him.

A mermaid out of her element . . .

Marcela’s world has been turned upside-down--literally. Once a proud member of her father King Triton’s royal guard, she’s now the victim of an angel’s curse. Enchanted into false adoration bordering on obsession, she traded her tail--and her voice--to the sea witch for the legs she needed to pursue the object of her desire. In a cruel twist of fate, the very magic that gave her the means to pursue her passion also broke the spell that caused it. Now she’s in the angel’s arms, but how can either of them trust the desire churning inside them when so much magic has muddied the waters?

Trust isn’t easy when nothing is as it seems . . .

A mermaid with legs and no singing voice. An angel with a curse. A witch with a chip on her shoulder. The world is full of magic and mayhem, and for an angel and a mermaid, it will take more than a kiss to balance…the Divine Scales.


I’ve really enjoyed the first three entries in this series and this latest one does not disappoint. This time the plot nod is to The Little Mermaid, as neither Hans Christian Anderson nor Disney Studios ever imagined it.

The hero is the angel and, at least in my eyes, probably the least likeable of the Princes. Self-righteous, conceited, and arrogant are not among my favorite character traits. But as the story unfolds he becomes a character with complicated issues – as opposed to a jerk with a whiff of serial killer about him and a chip on his shoulder.  Still, I was glad to see the author did some ‘serious attitude adjustment’ on him as the story progressed.

Marcella was a delightfully complex mermaid, one with steel for a backbone, but she still takes the requisite step into idiocy by trading away what’s important to a witch. Of course it all works out in due course, and we find love may come at a cost but is worth it in the end.

One of the authors [many] strengths is her ability to blend totally unlikely combinations of characters and plots into workable, believable stories about characters you come to care about.

The series arc continues towards what I expect will be a ‘summer blockbuster’ conclusion. Just what exactly is the hamadryad up to? And who will they find for Saamal? After all, he’s a god…

I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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