Black clouds of xenophobia gather over Radvadur, the western province of the Empire. The political climate is strained and fragile. A surge of Nymph refugees has stirred widespread hostility towards non-humans. When the investigation of a gruesome triple murder linked to the refugee camp ensues, it takes Inspector Käyru Skaer and his lover, Count Ellydhar Finn-Jánn, along an unusual path, at the end of which a precious gift awaits.
Käyru and Elly are worlds apart in social standing, but they have found common ground in the bedroom—up against the wall and the stable doors, too. The arrangement between them ought to have been temporary and of no consequence. As their circumstances change, will they find the courage to risk their hearts?
Warning: Contains mentions of off page sexual assault.
More. I want more! I really loved The Poison Within. LOVED. There was definitely a not-so-subtle metaphor regarding some events of the last couple years. Eh hem. But also, The Poison Within was a love story and so damn romantic.
Count Ellydhar Finn-Jánn is a beautiful aristocrat who cares about helping people. He's opened his lands to refugees displaced by the wars the Emperor waged. Elly cares deeply and loves wholly, even if he can't say the words out loud.
Käyru Skaer is the son of a blacksmith. He joined the police force when he was 15 and has risen to the rank of Inspector. He's a commoner and knows that he will always be a commoner, but he's hopelessly in love with Elly, who has been his lover for the past two years. Käyru is protective of those he cares about and he will go to any lengths to keep his Elly safe.
There is so much story packed in these 50 pages. We get a palpable romance and bit of action and a touch of mystery all wrapped in a vivid world built by this very talented author. I could easily devour more stories in this universe and will, just as soon as she writes them!
Review copy of The Poison Within was generously provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.
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