The lost memories of a thief…
The first twelve years of Alina’s life are a black void. An accomplished thief, she uses her cloaking ability to pick pockets as well as stage elaborate heists. Digging deeper into her past sets off a chain of events that puts her, and the family she has just discovered, in the sights of their worst enemy.
…and the scarred heart of a guardian…
In secret, Lash Watcher Caine plots vengeance for the destruction of everything he loved. Branded by loss, he longs to find his one true mate, knowing that only with her will his heart fully heal. When his brief meeting with Alina is interrupted by her elaborate evade-and-escape plan, he knows there is more to her than meets his watchful eyes. But nothing can prepare him for the lethal power of her mind.
…collide at the fault line of destiny.
A brilliant villain with a vicious and loyal army behind her can only be stopped by one force: the combined power of four women who command the elements. Alina, with her newly-discovered affinity to the earth, becomes the linchpin to halting the desecration of their world. Thrown into a battle plan and a new family, she finds joy in in the quiet strength of Caine’s arms. But when the secrets to her past are revealed, she learns a terrible price has been paid in advance. The very magic that allowed her to live to fulfill a prophecy will forever deny her heart’s deepest wish.
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Sharon Kay's Solsti Series is one of the first series that I got to review for The Reading Room Blog. With each new book I fell a little more in love with the Bonham sisters and the magical Lash demons who fight with them and for them. On Wicked Ground was on my anticipated reads list for 2015 and I'm happy to say it lived up to my expectations.
Skilled thief Alina has grown up with no memory of her life before her adoptive father Sebastian found her at the age of 12. While she loves Sebastian and the life they've made, Alina has always felt that there is another family out there looking for her. Her desire to find them puts Alina right in the path of villainous Elegia, the woman whose plans for domination brought the legendary Solsti back to life.
Lash demon Caine has devoted himself to maintaining the peace in all of the realms but with three Solti sisters identified and actively using their powers, he knows the peace won't last much longer. A chance encounter with a gorgeous but sneaky thief sparks a powerful connection and what starts out as distraction turns into a job when he must protect her from Elegia.
Together Caine and Alina must figure out Alina's missing past and her connection to the Solsti. It may be the key to saving the world...
What I Loved: There is a TON of stuff going on in On Wicked Ground but Sharon Kay does a fantastic job of juggling her army of characters and multiple plot points while moving the reader along to a satisfying conclusion. Alina and Caine make a great pair and their relationship is a nice blend of humor, heat and heart. That said, the high point of On Wicked Ground for me was getting to see the chemistry between reunited sisters Alina, Nicole, Brooke, and Gin. I've invested in these characters throughout the Solsti books and the scenes between the four characters have unbelievable emotional payoff.
What I Didn’t Love: I would have liked a smidge more evil from the big bad of the Solsti Series - Elegia. Elegia orchestrated a demonic war but came off a tad more petulant than scary during the final battle.
“Solsti. Legend. Power. She’d carried the kernel of possibility of who she might truly be, hardly daring to speak of it, and now it exploded into something far more vast than she could’ve dreamed.”
“He would protect her to the death, and love her until she was too sated to move. There could be no other woman for him.”
“Her beautiful, vibrant life, which had been saved and restored, which he had thought might be meant for him, instead served as a cruel denial to them both.”
On Wicked Ground is a fantastic wrap-up of the Solsti prophecy storyline. It is not a stand-alone and if you have not read the first three books (Wicked Wind, Wicked Waves, Wicked Flames) you will need to do so before jumping in. This is one of my favorite paranormal romance series so I highly recommend each of the core books and the series novella Kissed by a Demon Spy.
I am super excited to say that Sharon Kay is paying mad respect to her detailed world and awesome secondary characters by giving them their own series. First up will be Lash leader Arwan. I can’t wait!