Review: A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer #2) by Laura Thalassa

Review: A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer #2) by Laura ThalassaA Strange Hymn by Laura Thalassa
Series: The Bargainer #2
May 27, 2017
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Rhapsodic
Also by this author: Rhapsodic

Siren and soulmate to the King of Night, Callypso Lillis survived the clutches of Karnon, the mad king, and his twisted prison. But the nightmare isn’t over. Callie wears the physical reminders of her time as a captive, and mounting evidence suggests the Thief of Souls is still out there.

When a fae celebration thrusts Callie and her mate, Desmond Flynn, into the Kingdom of Flora, they take their investigation with them. But under the bright lights and striking blooms of the realm, they find there are more immediate issues to deal with. No place is more uniquely savage than the great fae halls, and no amount of bargains can save Callie from royal intrigues.

Fairies play dangerous games. Some want love, some want vengeance, some want flesh, and some want things too unspeakable to utter. One thing is for sure: no one is who they appear to be. Not even Des, who only grows more enigmatic with every passing secret.

But the Kingdom of Flora has its own secrets, from bleeding trees to branded slaves and missing guards. Something is stirring in the land of all that grows, and if Callie isn’t careful, it will claim everything and everyone she loves—and her along with it.

The obsession continues.

If you didn’t see my reviews for Rhapsodic, book one in The Bargainer series, you can go read me gush >here<. If you did see it, you know that I fecking loved it. A whole lot. It’s my favorite book of 2017 so far. That said, I had very high expectations for A Strange Hymn.

Mostly, it lived up to those expectations.

Cassie and Des have to travel to the Flora realm for peace making and to continue the investigation of the sleeping warriors, missing men and creepy ass children. This really allowed the level of fairy treachery and trickery to be raised quite a bit – and I loved it all. There is little better I like in a fantasy than deceitful fairies, this story gave me plenty.

The romance was still hot and heavy, not over the top or graphic, yet a very strong aspect of the story itself. The reader really gets to know Des better in this part of the story. His background is slowly revealed. Slowly is the key word there. While I understand Des is a secretive and reserved dude, the pace of the story sometimes lagged for me with him. I didn’t always understand his reluctance to share information with Callie. Though, every time he did, you fell that more in love with his vulnerable side and that made up for some of it.

As for the actual mystery they are trying to solve… In Rhapsodic, I truly fell in love with how incredibly creepy this plot line played out. I missed that in A Strange Hymn. The new elements that were revealed are still quite unique and I was entertained and enthralled by them. I just wasn’t as fearful of them, if that makes sense.

So, those were issues for me. The pacing at times and the change in creep factor. However, the last 15% of the book had me obsessed all over again and that’s where I stand now. Obsessed. Waiting. Obsessively waiting.

I still strongly recommend this series. Thalassa is a strong story teller with a refreshing perspective on adult romantic fantasy that I think many readers would enjoy.



About Laura Thalassa

Born and raised in Fresno, California, Laura Thalassa spent her childhood cooking up fantastic tales with her best friend. Lucky for her overactive imagination, she also happened to love writing. She now spends her days penning everything from paranormal romance to young adult novels.

Laura Thalassa lives in sunny Santa Barbara, California with her husband, author Dan Rix.

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