Dyletri, God of Fertility, has locked away his powers. No woman is allowed to touch him, not until he can return his long-dead lover back to life. All he has to do is sacrifice one human girl, a girl who unlocks his powers and rips his dormant lust right out of his body. Trapped by his promise, Dyletri has no choice but to watch Ismini die, no matter how much he wants her.
Yet the darkness of his calling is spiraling within him, demanding he claim the human as his. If he goes back on his promise, the energy of the Fates will cause untold destruction in the Universe. That doesn’t change how Dyletri’s begun exhibiting symptoms that point to more than just lust. How does he allow Ismini to die when she’s come to own him from the inside out?
Desire and torment spiral into something much darker than obsession, more turbulent than an addiction, and something much more brutal than a mere soul-mating. As a war is being rekindled right under his nose, Dyletri will have to come to terms with a destiny eleven thousand years in the making. He thought he’d known what path his future would take, but he’d been wrong. Now the one woman he truly loves might pay the price for his decision.
Blood Flows Deep in the Empire is the first in a series that will pit free-will against Destiny, Destiny against Fate, and love against brutal desire. Everyone likes to think they have a choice as to who they end up with, but as they rise to face the greatest threat they’ve ever known, even the Gods will learn they have to bend to Destiny’s whim to survive.
- Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop
- Release Date: March 7th 2013
- Series: The Szolites
- Author's Website
Ms. Blanco definitely creates a new world with these gods, but even the gods love Earth! With cable, internet, video game, what's not to love...and how about all the beautiful, badass women?!
I wasn't thrilled with all the hard to pronounce names but a reader can get over that. Let's talk about how super sexy these gods are! They are gods for a reason, a very good reason. But they are hiding the darkest part of themselves, trying to overcome what they were created to do and trying to be better.
Dyletri long ago promised a human sacrifice in order to save his former lover from the worst fate, but instead finds himself falling in love with Ismini, the human he has to condemn to death. Ismini knows what her future holds and is willing to be sacrificed for the greater good. In the meantime, her lust and desire for Dyletri is getting in the way - for both of them.
The sexual tension between these two is super hot and eventually things work out but they have to go through a lot to get there, including a death of sorts. It's a fast-paced story, sometimes too unbelievable even for paranormals, but a good story nonetheless. I look forward to what the rest of this series will bring. Ms. Blanco has a strong-enough start with this book. I imagine the rest of the series will only get better.
About the Author:
N. Isabelle Blanco was born in Queens, NY (USA). At age 3, due to an odd fascination with studying her mother’s handwriting, she had already begun to read and write. By the time she’d reached kindergarten, she had an extensive vocabulary and her obsession with words began to bleed into every aspect of her life. An avid reader in her teens, a fascination with Japanese anime eventually led her to the universe of fanfiction. Her on again, off again hobby for the next ten years, She amassed a following of fans that, by her own admission, she would never be able to live without. It was those fans who encouraged her to step beyond the fanfiction realm and try her talent in the publishing world. N. Isabelle’s first ebook, “Destructively Alluring”, came out July 2012, followed by "Addictive Lunacy" in September. The third novella in this debut series, "Allure Magnified," is due in November 2012 and her first full-length novel is due out next spring. Certain not to disappoint, “Blood Flows Deep in the Empire” is a fast-paced, erotically charged thrill ride from cover to cover. Look for in both print and ebook formats on March 7, 2013.