Book Review: Sound of Madness by Maria Luis
He is my ruin.
My complete and utter devastation.
Loyalty or death.
I make my choice in a palace of flames, and awake to total darkness . . .
And at his mercy.
Calloused hands bring hell to my door and his velvet voice spews only poison.
“A traitor to the queen,” he calls me, and though I don’t know his name, it’s clear that he’s no Prince Charming.
A man who demands that I take it all—and submit.
But no one would ever mistake me for a damsel in distress.
He wants me on my knees, but it won’t be me who breaks.
Only, falling for the most hated man in England was not the plan.
If war is hell, then love is carnage, and the blood that’s spilled will belong to us both.
**Disclaimer: I was provided an advance reader copy by the author in exchange for my unbiased review and opinions**
Welcome to the Broken Crown Series. It is very possible you will need a support group once you've entered this world. And I guarantee you, you're not the only one that feels that way. It's okay, there are plenty of us.
Important: It is imperative you read Road to Fire (Book 1) before you read Sound of Madness. Without reading the first book, the story won't make sense.
There are many reasons why we bibliophiles read. To escape the real world, to explore, to get broken into a million pie...uh, nevermind.
I have been a voracious reader since I was very young. I read pretty much everything that falls in my hands. Of course, I have a soft spot for romance. Who doesn't love a happily ever after? But I am a complicated human, so of course, I love my twists and turns. However, nothing I've read prepared me for this series. Nothing.
Prepared to be consumed by this world.
This is Damien's story, the youngest of the Priest Brothers, as they're known to the world. Rowena is the woman he never expected nor wanted, and his match in every way. She's the queen's best friend, but who can we really trust in this world full of deceit? And if only this book was as simple and easy to describe as that short phrase.
Maria Luis has created an epic story unlike we've seen in contemporary romance. (And I don't throw around the word epic like salt bae sprinkles salt, people!) The combination of real landmarks, incredibly complex characters, and sometimes-too close -to -reality- for- comfort political intrigue make this series one of the few redeeming aspects of the dumpster fire called 2020.
While we have Damien and Rowena and know this is their story, their actions and feelings are not the only things to take into consideration. There's simply too much at stake. These two are breathtakingly extraordinary. It's why they belong together.
This story will seep into your veins. It's very possible it'll infiltrate your dreams. It will become your book obsession. The book hangover will last days on end. And I wouldn't have it any other way.
Very few authors would be brave enough to take this on in 2020. You gotta have guts, heart, and passion for your craft. My hat's off to Ms. Luis.
This is not a story I will forget and one I will revisit often. I simply cannot wait for the third book of this series!
My second ever six-star rating belongs to Sounds of Madness and Maria Luis!