When the head of the Araneidae clan is found poisoned in her nest, her eldest daughter, Lourdes, becomes their clan's new maven. If her clan is to survive, she has but one choice: she must marry before her nest is seized. All she needs is a warrior fierce enough to protect her city and safeguard her clansmen. Such a male is Rhys the Cold.
Born the youngest son of an impoverished maven, the only things Rhys has to his name are his sword and his mercenary reputation. His clan is starving, but their fondness for the flesh of fellow Araneaeans makes them unwelcome dinner guests. Torn between loyalty to his clan and fascination with his future bride, Rhys s first taste of Lourdes threatens to melt the cold encasing his heart.
Amid the chaos of battle, Lourdes s sister disappears and is feared captured. Lourdes and Rhys pursue their enemies into the southlands, where they discover an odd plague ravaging southern clans as it travels north, to Erania. Determined to survive, Lourdes will discover whether she s worth her silk or if she s spun the thread by which her clan will hang.
Warning: This book contains one mercenary hero with a biting fetish, one determined heroine who gets nibbled, and an answer to the age-old question, What does dragon taste like? Matricide and sibling rivalry are available upon request. The house special is revenge, best served cold.
Interesting world, even if I would have liked more explanations. What I did learn is that there are many clans. Some richer, some poorer, doing different things in life. And they are well, human spiders. They can spin, some of them they have venom too. Spider people, cool.
Right, the book starts with battle. The rich clan's guardians attacked and killed a lot. Lourdes, our heroine marries Rhys (from the cannibal clan) so they will have new guardians. I never did get why they fell in love, for it's not like they talked a lot or did certain other things either. So there the story could have been better for me. But hey I was all spider people! Cannibals! So I could live with that.
The story is about getting the new guardians and then finding her sister. So not a lot happens. But the world does intrigue me.
ebook, 256 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Araneae Nation #1