“Then, he caught sight of his arm, the arm that should have been fanning before him. There was only empty space. With a huff of amazement, he glanced around him. His body cast no shadow. It was as if he had faded from existence, become part of the void.”
Dominic’s Nemesis, the first book in the Ambrosi Legacy series, is a fanatical story of magic, mystery, and love, written by D. Alyce Domain. It is the story of Dominic and Eden, strangers with tortured souls who meet and must find how to find love while battling inner demons. Eden is the daughter of an English lord and an American woman, who must travel to England when she loses her family and finds herself the guest of a mysterious man who holds many secrets. Dominic has a dark past that still haunts him but Eden might be the key to bringing light back into his life. But his brothers need him and he must decide whether or not to protect their secrets or allow himself to fully fall in love. This romance is full of dark and exciting secrets that could lead those dealing with them to insanity.
Domain has created a mysterious magical world full of danger. Her characters are faced with dark histories and magical abilities that even they do not fully understand. Throughout the course of the novels, pieces of the puzzle come together to shed light on the many secrets the book contains. An interesting thing about the way in which the book is written is the multiple perspectives. The chapters switch perspectives between a number of characters, but for the most part, stick to our hero and heroine. What makes this interesting is that our heroine, Eden, does not understand the secrets in which she is surrounded, we discover and learn alongside her. Our hero, Dominic, on the other hand, has more answers than any other single character in the book. But from his perspective, we are only ever given tiny glimpses of his secrets, just enough to make us even more curious than before.
The most alluring part of the book for me was the family relationships that Domain created. The complex relationships shared by the six brothers being the center point of this. While all being immersed in a world or tortured pasts, dark secrets, and magical powers, the boys genuinely care for each other and are protective of one another. While they have a difficult relationship built from different fathers, an insane mother and a long, forced separation, the six of them still form a tight unit. Domain is successful in writing the relationship between siblings as something that is full of love but also full of disagreements, standing up to each other, and standing up for each other. While the romance of the story may sometimes take the central focus, the bond of brothers is ever present.
This book is able to successfully create an interesting magical system, giving the characters mysterious and powerful abilities while still creating rules that keep them from being all powerful. By the end of the book, we are given many answers but pieces are still left open just enough to pull me to the next book in the series, Gabriel’s Demons, which has a tentative release schedule for the summer of 2017. This book was an interesting, creative and exciting read that pulled together romance, magic, and mystery together wonderfully.
by D. Alyce Domain
When Tortured Souls Collide… In an unforgiving society where the hint of madness is all the damning proof men need, Dominic struggles to live a peaceful life, away from prying eyes, and damning innuendo. Gifted with uncanny abilities, yet also cursed with the taint of madness, Dominic must walk a fine line. After the horror of his past, his fractured soul is safe only in solitude…until one day, his refuge is irrevocably breached by an ethereal beauty haunted by demons of her own. Dominic is torn between protecting himself and his brothers from exposure and persecution and following the desires of his heart…