Showalter, Gena. The Nymph King. (New York: HQN, 2007). ISBN – 9780373771882.
Main Characters: Valerian and Shaye Holling
Related Works: This is part of Showalter’s Atlantis series. The following books are a part of the series:
- Heart of the Dragon – Grace Carlyle and Darius en Kragin
- Jewel of Atlantis – Grayson James and Jewel of Dunamis
- The Nymph King– Valerian and Shaye Holling
Description from book:
Enter a mythical world of dragons, demons and nymphs . . . enter a world of dark seduction and powerful magic . . . enter Atlantis. . .
Females young and old, beautiful and plain crave Valerian’s touch. None can resist his blatant sensuality and potent allure. . . until he steals Shay Holling form a Florida beach and holds her prisoner in is underwater kingdom.
The cynical Shaye wants nothing to do with the mighty warlord, but she’s inexplicably drawn to him. For underneath the warrior’s arrogant beauty lies a complex and powerful man. A man whose caress is like fire . . .
Now Valerian must fight for the privilege of claiming her as his own. Because there’s one thing Shaye doesn’t know. . .
That when a nymph discovers his true mae she’s his for life.
Overall, I enjoyed Valerian and Shaye’s story. They made an excellent couple, despite the fact that Shaye doesn’t always seem to know if she wants to keep resisting Valerian or to love him. I also enjoyed the secondary romance between Brenna and Joaquim – actually, I would have liked to have more of their story. Despite this, I have this thing about stories based around water/underwater societies. I really don’t know why. However, I dislike movies and books that take place on boats (except for Pirates of the Caribbean, of course). It isn’t a terribly rational feeling, but it does exist – and it colors my attitude towards things that take place at sea. And I think this is why this wasn’t my favorite book. Again, I did like it, but not nearly as much as the books from Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series.
Read first September 7, 2008