Who can she trust with her magic... The Order of the Eternal Sun by Jessica Leake (Blog Tour Review & Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

I read the first book in this series, Arcana, back in 2014 (review here) and was intrigued by the mix of the historical setting and fantasy. I've been looking forward to reading about another member of the Sinclair family in this sequel. Read my review and enter the giveaway below...

The Order of the Eternal Sun: A Novel of the SylvaniThe Order of the Eternal Sun
(A Novel of the Sylvani #2)
by Jessica Leake
Adult Urban/Historical Fantasy, Romance
Hardcover & ebook, 308 pages
August 23rd 2016 by Talos


Lucy Sinclair’s debut will be a parade of everything opulent Edwardian London society has to offer. Most importantly, it will be nothing like her older sister’s dangerous experience—especially if her overprotective brother-in-law, Lord Thornewood, has his way. As if screening her dance partners isn’t enough, Thornewood insists that his brother, James, train Lucy in self-defense. She wouldn’t mind so much if her treacherous mind didn’t continue to replay the kiss they once shared.

But awkward defense lessons are the least of her problems. Her arcana, a magical talent that allows her to mentally enter any scene that she draws, grows stronger by the day. Again and again Lucy is compelled to draw a portal to her mother’s realm of Sylvania—and with each stroke of her pen, she risks attracting the attention of the Order of the Eternal Sun, the sinister brotherhood that steals the power of Sylvani blood for their own dark ends.

When a bold new suitor arrives from India, Lucy can’t help but be intrigued—though her family questions his mysterious past. But as Lucy’s own suspicions grow, and the threat of the Order looms larger, Lucy will have to learn to harness her unpredictable power or risk falling under the Order’s shadow forever.

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My Review

THE ORDER OF THE ETERNAL SUN is a story that pulls the reader into Edwardian England with a unique fantasy element and characters who come alive. There is a strong feel of family and friendship, some definite swoon-worthy romance, along with an ever-growing feel of danger. Recommended to those who enjoy historical fantasy with a strong heroine and plenty of romance.

I loved these characters! Lucy was very different from her sister and really her own character, which I appreciated and which also made her feel more realistic. I loved her shyness, kindness, loyalty, artistic talent, and her more reserved humor. I also loved Alexander. He has his own troubles to deal with, but he handled everything rather well. I loved seeing Wren and Colin again, as well as being introduced to little Izzie. I was a little torn with James. He's a great character and I'm hoping we'll get to see his and Rob's, Lucy's and Wren's brother, happily-ever-afters.

The plot moved at a pretty good pace and I could feel the suspense slowly growing as the story went. I loved that Lucy got to spend some of her time in her mother's homeland and get a better look at what it was like there. There were a few things that I would have liked to have seen developed more towards the end and I would have preferred an after-marriage scene versus a pre-marriage scene, but those would be my only complaints. I felt immersed in this story pretty much from beginning to end.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This story was engaging and romantic with some very sweet moments. I enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to my next visit to this fictional world!

Content: Some innuendo and violence, as well as one fade-to-black scene.

Source: Received an eARC through Edelweiss, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.

Other Books in the Series

(A Novel of the Sylvani #1)
by Jessica Leake
Adult Historical Fantasy
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook 288 pages
November 18th 2014 by Talos


Amid the sumptuous backdrop of the London season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome—or dangerous. To help ease her entrance into society, Katherine’s family has elicited the assistance of the Earl of Thornewood, a friend and London’s most eligible bachelor, to be her constant companion at the endless fetes and balls. But upon her arrival in London, Katherine realizes there will be more to this season than just white gowns and husband hunting.

Through her late mother’s enchanted diary, Katherine receives warning to keep hidden her otherworldly ability to perform arcana, a magic fueled by the power of the sun. Any misstep could mean ruin—and not just for her family name. The Order of the Eternal Sun is everywhere—hunting for those like her, able to feed on arcana with only a touch of the hand.

But society intrigue can be just as perilous as the Order. The machinations of the fashionable elite are a constant threat, and those who covet Katherine’s arcana, seeking the power of her birthright, could be hiding behind the facade of every suitor—even the darkly handsome Earl of Thornewood.

With so much danger and suspicion, can she give her heart to the one who captivates her, or is he just another after her power?

Read my review of here.

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About the Author

Jessica Leake has been in love with historical England ever since her first literary crush: Mr. Darcy. After embarking on a quest to bring her own intriguing and headstrong characters to life, she decided to quit her day job as a clinical therapist and spend her time weaving arcana with words. She lives in Greenville, SC with her brilliant husband, four painfully cute children, and two mischievous dogs.

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