Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Heat Rating: 3
Kristabelle St. Lucus is an etheralmancer, one who can take the soul of a person and
lock them away in the lovely stained glass she designs for the Portamere Cathedral. This is her punishment for daring to be born with what the clerics call “the witching talent.” The Cathedral has become a prison for those who have defied the power-hungry clerics. It is not something she wants to do, but something she must do save her family from destruction. It is either that, or watch them burn for passing an unholy legacy on to their offspring.
Darius Castillo is a magi—a member of the scared order who work directly for the
Magus, the rightful head of the church. Darius has watched in wonder as Kristabelle
works her magic. Only he knows of her torture and pain at having to perform this horrific duty for the sake of her family. Only Darius sees the tears she shows no one. Under the guise of an acolyte, he is on a mission to discover the extent of the clerics’ treachery. Nothing the clerics do can stop the burning passion he feels for the artist or the need to save her and the souls she’s been forced to entrap.
At it’s heart, this fantasy/historical romance written by Kathleen Scott, is an old-fashioned love story. Kristabelle is forced to commit acts that make her ill inside in order to keep her family safe from the treachery of church. Darius has been sent to investigate just how deep the evil that has infested the church reaches. But when he falls in love with Kristabelle, he is smitten and will do anything to help her.
Kathleen Scott did a very good job of writing truly likable characters who fall in love despite really difficult circumstances. Vermillion is a fast story and I might have liked to have seen it a little bit longer with a little bit more emotional explanations from the characters. But, I enjoyed what was on the page and would definitely look for more from this author in the future. It’s a really enjoyable, unique read.
4 Tea Cups!