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Review by Bree Hage
I was unsure what I was getting into with Belinda Burke’s debut novel ‘Dark Side of the Sun’, since most stories involving the fae that are also very romantically inclined are sadly disappointing –written by authors who have done no research and could care less about the historical accuracy of their prose in favor of more sex and drama centered around loving a magical creature that is in no way human- but I was very, very pleasantly surprised with this novel. Belinda has written a captivating, spellbinding tale, with promise of so much more to come with the rest of its series. It is a novel rich with Fae lore, and accuracy to the time period it is set. There is romance, yes. Actually a very steamy romance between two men, Macsen the Red King and Bran the son of Summer’s Queen, which was surprisingly… natural. It was neither rushed nor forced, and exactly what I look for in a romance. 10/10, would read again.
Review by Prism Book Alliance
Wow this world was amazing. The Eight Kingdoms series is a great take on the sidhe and the seasons and I am hooked. It was dark yet not gruesome even though some aspects were bloody. There was an old world feel complete with traditions and a formality that was perfect for these characters. I can tell this series is going be complex and am looking forward to watching it develop.
Review by Love Bytes
I really liked the world building in this novel. I thought their sexual encounters were hot. Though it all appeared consensual, sex between them made me think of a predator stunning his prey before taking advantage of him. Overall, the book was sexy and pleasant. I am intrigued enough to want to know what happens in book two.
Review by The Novel Approach
Filled with danger and intrigue and plenty of action to keep me turning pages, the author spins a tale of lust and loathing and greed, written in a prose that’s both evocative and at times, lyrical.
There are eight hidden kingdoms in this series, two for each season, and the author has only just begun to introduce them in this first installment. There are more questions to be asked, more answers to be given, and more yet to be discovered before Summer’s Queen has a chance to retake her land, and I’m looking forward to seeing where Belinda Burke takes the action next.
Review by Prism Book Alliance
Wow this world was amazing. The Eight Kingdoms series is a great take on the sidhe and the seasons and I am hooked. It was dark yet not gruesome even though some aspects were bloody. There was an old world feel complete with traditions and a formality that was perfect for these characters. I can tell this series is going be complex and am looking forward to watching it develop...I am eager for more about this world and the eight kingdoms. I want more of Macsen and Bran and I need to know what happens next!
Review by The Blogger Girls
Overall, this was a great start to a new series. I enjoyed the details around the sidhe and the characters. I also loved the connection between Bran and Macsen and the bond that they created. I’m looking forward to reading more in this series and seeing where things head. There’s a hint at what will happen next but only time will tell which direction the author takes the series in!