Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication Date: 12 September 2023
Source: ARC from Publisher
She lives by her intuition. He feeds on her pleasure . . .
Long ago, the world was destroyed by gods. Only nine cities were spared. Separated by vast wilderness teeming with monsters and unimaginable dangers, each city is now ruled by a guardian – royalty who feed on mortal pleasure.
Born with an intuition that never fails, Calista knows her talents are of great value to the power-hungry of the world, so she lives hidden as a courtesan of the Baron of Archwood. In exchange for his protection, she grants him information. When her intuition leads her to save a travelling prince in dire trouble, the voice inside her blazes with warning – and promise. Today he’ll bring her joy. One day he’ll be her doom.
When the Baron takes an interest in the prince, and the prince takes an interest in Calista, she becomes the latter’s temporary companion. But the city simmers with rebellion, and with knights and monsters at her city gates and a hungry prince in her bed, intuition may not be enough to keep her safe. Calista must choose: follow her intuition to safety or follow her heart to her downfall.
With A Fall of Ruin and Wrath Jennifer L. Armentrout gives us an intriguing opening into a new adult fantasy romance series. I stress the "adult" there as the book does contain many descriptive sex scenes, so it would not be suitable reading for a younger teen. The world building in this book was pretty well handled and I never found myself needing more information than I was given. Calista and Thorne were both enjoyable characters to follow, and the storyline in general caught and held my interest. The cliffhanger ending left me wondering what would happen next, and I would definitely be keen to read on in book two. If I had to give one downside, it would be that I felt the sexual aspects overtook things a bit too much at times. But that wasn't a deal-breaker for me. As such, I am giving this book four stars.
I received this book as a free ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.