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Paranormal Romance Early Review: A Stone-Kissed Sea by Elizabeth Hunter

A Stone-Kissed Sea by Elizabeth Hunter (Elemental World #4)

Ecopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
An immortal wanderer. A brilliant scientist. A centuries-old menace written in blood.

Lucien Thrax, son of the earth and child of the ancients, is a healer of immense power. But years of work on a deadly vampire virus have not led to a cure, nor have they softened the wall he built around his heart. When he’s forced to work with Doctor Makeda Abel, Lucien is convinced he’s reached his limit of patience with humanity.

Makeda Abel may be human, but she’s far from impressed with the brooding vampire healer, even if his mind draws her reluctant admiration. She’s learned how to survive in the immortal world, and it’s not by being afraid. Working together may lead them to answers, but it also pushes Lucien and Makeda’s attraction to the boiling point.

When nightmares become reality, Makeda will have to trust Lucien with her life. Finding answers has never been more vital. Finding love has never been more deadly. To heal the Elemental World, Lucien and Makeda must follow ancient paths and ask for help from the most inhuman of immortals. Because even with a cure in hand, the battle has only begun.

Release date: Dec 6, 2016.

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This was one very exciting read, ladies and gents! I am so glad a major story arch has come to an end. And yes, I'm talking about Elixir.

I noticed how the quality of Elizabeth's writing shot up massively in the last year, and A Stone-Kissed Sea is definitely not an exception. There are a few great things about this book I want to talk about.

The Romance.
 Makeda and Lucien are both complex, rich characters. They start as brilliant scientists forced to work together and none too happy about the fact. Still, while they are fighting and bickering there is a persistent thought in the back of their heads, that they are attracted to each other, and it pisses them both off. Only when Makeda is turned and can not hide her hungers including a sexual one for Lucien, he starts wooing her. I would not call either of them adorable, but they are piercingly sincere in their feelings for each other, and the romance is slow-burn, which I always savor. Also, the sex is earthy and freaking hot.

The Science.
I loved their research into Elixir's cure. It was fascinating and at the same time accessible enough for the layman. Makeda's approach to her own vampirism is also scientific which allows her to gain control of her nature much faster than usual. Yes, the geek in me rejoiced.

The Background.
Apart from romantic deliciousness, this book has absolutely gorgeous descriptions of Ethiopia, Alitea and vampiric courts. They are lush and vivid, dramatic and a little bit magical. There is opulence, there is majestic nature, there are smells of rain and flowers and all sorts of other attractive things, which is why I think Miss Hunter's writing has evolved so much. It's much more lyrical these days.

The Supporting Cast.
The ancient vampires were stealing limelight, to be honest. Saba was like the force of nature and at the same time down to earth. Kato, Ziri and even Arosh really piqued my interest, and I hope they'll get their own books eventually. Even Tenzin made an appearance.

The Plot.
Finally, the story delivered and some.There is a lot happening, a lot of dramatic and exciting stuff which will turn things around in the future books, and it was all done amidst usual careful political manoeuvering typical for vampires. I enjoyed the hell out of it.

I kind of want to say: "Come for Romance, Stay for Science!" because this was so much more than paranormal romance, more of a geeky paranormal fantasy with a sweeping story arch. Loved it, totally recommended.

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Ну прям меня эта книга привела в восторг, дамы и господа! Я очень рада, что главная сюжетная линия наконец-то завершена. И да, я говорю об Эликсире.

Я, кстати, заметила насколько качество книг Элизабет улучшилось в этом году. Она прямо вышла на новые уровень, и Поцелованное Камнем Море в этом плане - не исключение. Я хочу выделить особо понравившиеся мне аспекты книги:

Романтическая линия.
Оба, Люсьен и Македа - шикарные, сложные, яркие характеры. Оба  - блестящие учёные, вынужденные работать вместе в поиске панацеи против Эликсира. И пока они грызутся, в и головах сидит тихо мысль, что они друг другу нравятся, от чего их коробит ещё больше. Только после превращения Македы в вампира она наконец-то признаётся в своей жажде по Люсьену, так как новорождённому вампиру невозможно скрыть какой-либо голод, а Люсьен наконец-то начинает за Македой ухаживать. В общем, роман у них получается медленный, пронзительный и очень чувственный.

Научное исследование.
Сам поиск панацеи оказывается очень интересным и понятным непросвящённому читателю, да и научный подход к вампиризму самой Македы помогает ей добиться контроля над своей натурой гораздо раньше обычных для вампиров сроков. Прямо жутко мне её мысленный процесс категоризации и анализа всего, что с ней происходило, нравился.

Второстепенные персонажи.
Древние вампиры в этой книге конечно рулят. Саба - прямо-таки настоящая природа-мать, страшная в своём гневе, мудрая и умеющая радоваться простым радостям жизни. Като, Зири и Арош тоже очень интересны, да так, что я надеюсь, что у них появятся собственные книги. Даже Тензин ненадолго развлекает своим присутствием.

Место действия.
Помимо вкусной романтической линии, в этой книге очень лирично описаны Эфиопия, Алитэя и вампирские дворы. После яркого описания запахов, атмосферы, пейзажей и обстановки, мне прямо-таки хотелось туда попасть.

Наконец, сюжетная линия развёрнута и драматична. Добавьте к этому обычные для вампиров Мисс Хантер политические интриги и маннеризмы, и скучать читателю не приходится. Прекрасное паранормальное фэнтези, очень рекомендую всю серию.

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