The End of Darkness, Druid’s Curse 1

by Shea Balik

The End of Darkness - Shea Balik - Druid's Curse
Editions:Kindle: $ 3.99
ISBN: 9780463350102
Pages: 200
ePub: $ 3.99
ISBN: 9780463350102
Pages: 200

Ryley Duggan resented his family for forcing him home on his twenty-first birthday to perform another stupid fire ritual, instead of letting him go out and get shit-faced like normal people his age. He’d never believed in the stories his grandmother told him about the reason behind what they were doing. That was, until he walked outside to the bonfire to see bloodcurdling creatures that no Hollywood studio had ever come close to replicating, killing his family.

Since an early age, Eirik had one job, to protect the descendants of the one who’d cursed him and his friends. It hadn’t been what he’d ever imagined for his life, but after nearly a millennia Eirik had learned one thing, life never went as planned. Never had that been truer than when he’d rescued Ryley from certain death.

Now the two must learn to work together to save humanity. Will all be lost? Or will they discover a way to heal their hearts by opening themselves up to love?

WARNING: Unseelie monsters run amok in this story!

PLEASE NOTE: Although each book in this series focuses on a single couple, the books should be read in order to fully enjoy the overall story arc.

This book is on:
  • 3 To Be Read lists
  • 1 Read list
Publisher: Independently Published
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Pairings: M-M
Heat Level: 3
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 18-25
Protagonist 2 Age: Ageless/Immortal
Tropes: Bodyguard/Guardian Angel, Fated Mates / Soul Mates, Hero and the Great Quest, Rescue, True Love
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
Reviews:Nikyta on The Blogger Girls wrote:

I was pleasantly surprised by this one! I started out not really know what I was getting into because while I had read the blurb a while ago, I didn't really remember what it was about but once I passed chapter one, I was sucked into the story. So far, I love the idea behind this series and that Ryley is a Druid that's being hunted by the Fae and their monsters. I love that Eirik comes to his rescue and how Ryley instantly hates Eirik for not being able to save his family. It was interesting seeing Eirik struggle with being calm in the wake of Ryley's rage but that's why I loved Eirik and he was so fierce and protective, too! I just loved him so much, he literally melted my heart. The relationship that Ryley and Eirik build during their time together was really sweet, though. I loved that Eirik was so patient and I loved that Ryley struggled with what's happening and how he now has this burden of keeping his family's traditions alive. Once I really got into the story, I couldn't put it down!
But this one did start a bit rocky for me because I'm not a huge fan of authors who have prologues (in this case it's really chapter one) start before the rest of the story happens. I don't know why but it's always so jarring for me and when I realized chapter two happens two days before chapter one, I almost didn't bother continuing but I'm glad I did because things got better after that, no more 'time hops' or 'flashbacks'. However, while that was my biggest pet peeve, I will say Ryley annoyed me quite a bit. He was adamant that he was an adult and all that because he's twenty-one but yet, he acted like a child most of the time. It really pissed me off that he grew up as he did but yet had no idea about his history or culture. That, to me, is beyond ridiculous because even when you don't want to know something or care about it, hearing it and seeing it happen over and over again for twenty-one years, you should at least retain some of that information and Ryley never did. It really annoyed me that he had no idea about his history at all and just showed how selfish and self-absorbed he was.
All in all, though, I did enjoy this one even if I didn't like Ryley all that much. I did love Ryley and Eirik together and adored Eirik beyond belief. I can't wait to see what happens next and hope we don't have to wait long for the second book.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
The Blogger Girls

Shorty on MM Good Book Reviews wrote:

After watching his family be massacred by fae minions Ryley and his sister Meghan travel with Eirik, the man who saved them, to his home. What he learns will change his life. Eirik is cursed to protect druid families for centuries. He is a warrior through and through. When he meets Ryley he has no idea what is in store for them. But soon learns they are meant to be together.

I loved the entire book. The battles were fierce. I also loved meeting all the brothers and hope that each get their own stories. Fen was an enigma to me as his part is glossed over. I also wanted to know whose mate cursed the brothers because at one point in the story it says a druid did yet in another part it says Fen’s mate did so I was confused, unless I read it wrong.

Aside from that it was a wonderful beginning to a series that I hope continues. Fantastic read.

Fantastic read.

Ancient Druids, who monitored the Veil for centuries, curse a band of marauding Vikings. Now immortal and shifters, the cursed men must protect today's Druids from Unseelie minions, allowing them to continue the rituals that protect all of humanity.

About the Author

Best Selling author of the Cedar Falls Series, Paranormal War Series, and Miracle Series, Shea Balik has always had a vivid imagination with stories running around in her head. Often her stories are taken from observations of other people with her own spin.

Traveling is one of her favorite ways of fulfilling her passion of people watching. You never know, one day you may spark her imagination for her next book.

Whether at home or traveling she is usually in front of her computer writing or curled up with a good book.

You can stay up to date with everything Shea by following any of her links!

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