Lady Thief more than meets her match when the Butcher of Acre takes command of Castle Sanctuary. Despite her misgivings, Eiry realizes too late Lucian is the only man who stirs her heart and makes her yearn for his touch. Can she trust a man rumored to possess no soul? Will her courage and love save him from his own personal hell and help him become the hero she sees in him?
I can't say this is a bad book because it's not, but the story never came near to captivating me. I wanted to love the two protagonists but I wasn't able to ever actually connect with them.
In fact my mind began to wander while reaching the first half of the book and after that, all I wanted was to reach the end as fast as possible; not a good sign!
It is rather strange because it has all the ingredients to be an entertaining story: like adventure, danger, secrets, lies, betrayal, wonderful villains, and two strong leads. Unfortunately, it didn't work for me.
Despite all that, I have to admit that the author did a pretty good job describing the state of mind and turmoil of young Eiry Savoy and Lucian Martine, the Butcher of Acre.
Eiry is a young woman, who after the slaughter of her parents, suddenly finds herself with a lot of responsibilities on her shoulders, like a castle and a very young sister to look after. But she is courageous, determined, and very loyal to her family, friends, and tenants. She is ready to do whatever it takes to right a great wrong.
Lucian Martine is a knight who lost his soul in Acre where he was ordered by King Richard to commit murder of innocents, all in the name of God and he did it! Since then he is plagued with guilt and bloody ghosts. When Eiry's godfather gives him a chance to change his life completely, he takes it.
On a few occasions you can find here and there modern expression and words like "electrifying" .... really? That is the kind of distraction that could have been avoided. I can't give more than 3 stars.
Publisher: New Concepts Publishing
Review Courtesy Of: ManicReaders