What it’s about:
Nicolas Deschanel spent thirty-two years holding court as the princeling of New Orleans and heir to his family’s dynasty, with no obligations beyond his own pleasures. Following a storm of events, his rock bottom leads him back to his family, where he finds redemption in contrite service. Paired with the pragmatic Lauren—who is deeply skeptical of his reformation—the two spend their days in seclusion, cultivating the lofty research goals of the Deschanel Magi Collective.
Charlotte Fontenot is calculated and driven in her approach to her mission in Paris. With help from her cousin Julian, they follow Gabrielle and Lawrence Henry, siblings whose unusual behavior has caught the attention of witches in Paris. The cousins quickly realize neither sibling is what they seem, and Charlotte’s fearlessness leads her closer and closer to mysterious philanthropist Lawrence.
With Charlotte and Julian settled in Paris, Nicolas and Lauren shift their focus to a special, secret project: quietly and carefully investigating the women of the powerful LaViolette family, distant cousins of the Deschanels. This assignment quickly leads them down a dangerous path, one where turning back is no longer an option. Events in both New Orleans and Paris begin to spin wildly beyond the control of all involved, and when the dust settles, nothing will ever be the same.
The Deschanels are back! From the USA Today bestselling fantasy author of the House of Crimson & Clover novels comes a thrilling new paranormal romance series, Midnight Dynasty. Even more magic, romance, and mayhem await as readers dive back into this secretive, ancient, powerful world of The Saga of Crimson & Clover.
Sarah M. Cradit has done it again! She has hooked me into a new series. A Tempest of Discovery is the first book in Ms. Cradit’s new Midnight Dynasty series. This series is a spin-off from her House of Crimson & Clover Saga. Ms. Cradit gives new readers sufficient background information—through family trees and descriptions—to full appreciate each character and their relationships.
In typical fashion, Ms. Cradit creates a detailed world in which her characters exist. She has obviously researched the locations, as the setting descriptions are vivid. The book is well paced and the storyline flows effortlessly. The story is told from multiple points of view with chapters alternating between the main characters.
Gabrielle and Lawrence Henry are deliciously sinister characters. These two bring a fantastic sense of doom and evil to the story. Their every move heightens the foreboding and story tension. Naïve cousins Charlotte and Julian are out of their league when sent to investigate the Henry siblings. The tension between Lauren and Nicolas continues to build as they pursue their research for the Deschanel Magi Collective.
I thoroughly enjoyed A Tempest of Discovery. The montage of characters, the sinister foreboding, and the gripping story line made this book a quick read. It is a solid start to another great saga from author Sarah M. Cradit.
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