Thursday, April 28, 2022
JASMINE's THOUGHTS on: House of Eclipses by Casey L. Bond
House of Eclipses, #1
April 13, 2021
September 16, 2021
10 hrs and 20 mins
Capture his heart. Steal his crown. Free my kingdom.
Noor is the unwanted, unloved third born of the Aten, chosen vessel of the sun goddess, Sol. While she has no chance at inheriting her father’s title, what she truly longs for is peace from his unrelenting hatred. Hope builds that she may finally be able to claim that reprieve when a missive arrives from the House of the Moon.
The new Lumin, chosen of the moon god, Lumos, seeks to broker peace with the Kingdom of Helios for the first time in ages. He envisions open trade routes and an end to archaic rivalries. His dedication to this cause extends to visions of a union between the two families by marrying one of Aten’s daughters, if one of the matches is a fit.
Driven by his own twisted agenda, Noor’s father is willing to sacrifice his daughters as pawns to steal the crown for him to further his despotic reign, pitting sister against sister in a brutal battle for power. But Noor must come out the victor, either by capturing the Lumin’s heart or stealing his crown. For whomever wears the crown of moonlight, holds the power of the moon itself. With such strength at her command, she could finally defeat her tyrannical father.
Yet this endeavor cannot be accomplished without great sacrifice. As Noor learns more about Lumin Caelum, guilt over her betrayal consumes her, burning hot as the sun itself. If only he wasn’t kind, and selfless, and exactly what she wanted. If only she had greater dominion over her heart…
Can Noor carry out her plan and end her father’s vile reign? Or will unlikely alliances allow a new day to dawn?
Praise for House of Eclipses
"A gorgeous journey you'll want to take again and again." ~New York Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins
“Stunning world-building, a fierce heroine, gorgeous writing, and a storyline unlike anything you've ever read. House of Eclipses will pull you in until the very last page.” – Celia McMahon, author of The Unspoken Series
“House of Eclipses is full of compelling characters, beautiful worlds full of whimsy and wonder, an edge-of-your-seat storyline, a love story for the ages, and an ending that packs in incredible punch.” – Ethan Gregory, One Guy’s Guide to Good Reads
House of Eclipses duology:
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**About the Author**
Casey L. Bond lives on a rural farm in West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. She writes phoenixes – gloriously flawed and morally gray characters that fiercely rise from the ashes of their circumstances. World building is one of her favorite hobbies, along with stamping metal jewelry, swimming, and enjoying the beauty of nature. She thinks thunderstorms are better than coffee and that watching a meteor shower is the closest thing to magic you might ever see. She’s a firm believer that every amazing book needs a world you want to wrap yourself in, a character you want to win, and a love you would fight for.
Casey is the award-winning author of When Wishes Bleed, Gravebriar, and House of Eclipses.
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Note: This Review contains NO spoilers
A beautiful and captivating story filled with mythical intrigue and drama. And, the romance is swoon-worthy. As a first time reader of Casey L. Bond's books, I was completely immersed into this complex world of Noor and Caelum and their journey. With compelling characters and alluring world building, House of Eclipses kept my full attention from beginning to end.
As for voice performance, Amanda Billings delivered an exceptionally poignant narration. Her performance created the mystical and dramatic atmosphere which whisked me away into the Casey's fascinating world of the House of Eclipses.
After listening to this, I must dive into the next and final book in this duology, House of Wolves. I would say, in my opinion, that fans of fantasy and mythology would enjoy this.