When Asherah, stripped of both her memory and her dignity, learns that King Sahlgren is responsible for her captivity, she leads her fellow slaves in a daring escape and burns their prison to the ground. Then she learns that there are many more prisons across Parthalan, and embarks upon a campaign to free every last faerie.
In stark contrast to Asherah's struggles, Caol'nir lives the comfortable life of a temple guard. He is sworn to serve and defend the king, as his ancestors have done since time immemorial. Now a priestess has been murdered, and Caol'nir learns that Sahlgren's scheming is to blame. Determined to thwart the king, sacred oath or no, Caol'nir joins Asherah's rebellion. What Caol'nir doesn't know is that Sahlgren has promised the demon lord a woman of rare and singular beauty, a woman who is rumored to be the sun god's daughter. She also happens to be Caol'nir's mate.
Heir to the Sun by Jennifer Allis Provost is the follow up novel to Rise of the Deva'shi. It does work as a standalone however. I personally think I would not have enjoyed it as much without having read Rise of the Deva'shi and having an idea about where Asherah ends up.
When the book starts out you follow two separate story lines. The first follows Hillel (later becoming Asherah) and Torim. The ladies are in a prison camp run by demons. They are there basically to be breeding mares. The second story follow Caol'nir, a temple guard who is in love with one of the priestesses it is his duty to protect.
The stories progress at an even pace and after Hillel and Torim manage to organize an escape that turns into a rebellion. Freeing as many slaves from the prison camps that they find they flee into Elven lands to ask King Lormac for help.
I enjoyed this book a bit more than the first. There was still a lot of romance for my taste, but it was balanced well with intermittent action and some strong character development. I think going with the background of Asherah was an excellent choice by Jennifer. She was such a strong character in the first book and showing the amount of adversity she overcame to reach her position really made for a wonderful tale. This book is great for fans of romantics fantasies filled with faeries and elves.
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