First readers should note that this is a different Satyr clan than the others in the series. This is a Satyr clan from Rome (not Tuscany) in the 1850’s time period. The brothers in this series are Bastian, Sevin, Dane, and Lucian.
The Satyr clan of Tuscany, from the 1794 to 1813 time period and are Dominic, Nicolas, Lyon, and Raine. I don’t think the two clans are related but I’m not 100% sure. I was a bit confused myself, with a new Satyr clan, which is why I’m relating the other clans and names and time period of both so you know what’s going on in each series.
If you are new to the Elizabeth Amber series, I will tell you that the Satyr clan’s are descended from Bacchus, the Roman God of Wine. Naturally, most of the Satyr’s work in the vineyards and do exceptionally well in this field. Not only do they flourish at wine-making, they also protect a sacred gate between Earth and the ElseWorld. The ElseWorld is a parallel realm to the Earth and is populated by creatures of myth and magic.
The two main characters in this book are Silvia and Lord Bastian. Silvia is a virgin Ephemeral (1 of 12 girls) who worship Vesta, the Goddess of Hearth, Home, and Fire. Silvia, along with the other 11 girls are changed into Ephemerals 1,500 years ago by their Goddess as a way to protect them when their temple was destroyed. Ephermals are non-corporeal beings who can inhabit the bodies of others, who are close to death.
Lord Bastian is a Satyr, brother to 3, and leads an archaeological site in Rome, excavating rare finds. Satyrs are very sexual beings and at the beginning of each month, their ancient royal blood line demands that they heed the full moon’s call to fornicate. If they don’t do this, they can actually die.
We meet Silvia at the beginning of the book, when she’s just six-years old. She’s lead by her parents, to the Roman Forum, where others have gathered, including other girls her own age and her uncle Pontifex. Her mother informs her that it’s a ceremony to chose the Virgins and that it’s an honor to be chosen. Basically, Silvia and the others are special and different from other children and are chosen to be inducted into the service of Vesta, the Goddess of Fire.
In the late 1800’s you meet Bastian and Silvia again. Bastian is in a sexual relationship with Michaela, who is Silvia’s friend from Vesta’s temple. Michaela is a Companion, a courtesan with the power to please any man. Bastian is in charge of excavating the Roman Forum and is famous for his finds. He’s in charge by the order of the ElseWorld to safeguard any Satyr secret that might get dug up. Bastian is also determined to find the House of the Vestal Virgins and doesn’t realize that Michaela was a part of that temple.
Silvia gives him a vision on where to find the temple, because she is looking for something special to help her and her other sisters from the temple. You can say she has ulterior motives in leading Sebastian along the way. Please note there are some F/F and M/M action. I don’t care for those relationships much, but they did not take away from me enjoying this book.
Elizabeth Amber writes deliciously, erotic paranormals that make me want to go dig up a Satyr of my own.
I did receive this book for Free to give my honest review. This did not affect the rating on the book and my rating/review is strictly my own opinion.