A Cradle of Darkness Series Novel
Author: Addison Cain
Genre: Vampire Dark Romance
Release Date: November 18, 2019
“Addison Cain’s writing blows me away each time!” NYT Bestselling author Anna Zaires
I sold my soul to win her.
First to her devil of a father, then to the true devil himself. The price exacted nothing less than eternal fealty. A boon I’d gladly relinquish a thousand times over to possess the love of my dark Princess.
Though she may hate me. Though my desire chars my bones black. I will love her forever.
Virginal, devious, cruel, kind, she’s desperate for freedom. Used, wounded, coddled, and spoiled—the only immortal who can walk in the sun—will be mine.
So long as I can remove her father from his ancient throne and place something far worse upon that seat of power.
Publisher’s Note: Cathedral is a standalone novel in the Cradle of Darkness series featuring in an HEA. The horror prequel, Catacombs, will enrich the experience of this book but is not necessary.
Deliciously Dark Love Story~ 5 stars *****
Cathedral is one hell of a dark love story, told in Addison Cain’s indomitable style. The read is visceral, unapologetically hot and at times savage – and it and it literally blew my mind!
Both Jade and Malcolm, hero and heroine (or should I say anti-hero and anti-heroine) are essentially monsters who need human blood to survive. Jade is a daywalker, able to tolerate daylight, unlike the other vampires. As daughter of the leader Darius, she is respected but she is also reviled for her differences.
I found Jade to be a complex and flawed character, full of contradictions: sad and empty, despite her life of debauchery and luxury. She desperately craves love and acceptance, something she has never experienced from her cruel and sadistic father. It was not long before I began to feel empathy for her. Darius uses his daughter to meddle in the lives of humans for his own amusement and to control her, seeing her as a vessel to continue his bloodline.
The vampire Malcolm watches over her, ensuring her compliance with her father’s twisted wishes. Unbeknown to Jade he is in love with her, although she despises him. However, he will have her even if he needs to destroy her father in the process and at long last make her his … I adored that he loves her despite her flaws. Their relationship is complex and Malcolm practices his own dark methods of tough love, necessary to keep his Princess in line, as he plots with another, more powerful than Darius, to secure a future for them.
Can Jade overcome her hatred of Malcolm? Will her father fight back? Has Malcolm thrown his lot in with a being far worse than Darius? Who will ultimately win the battle for dominion and gain the throne and will they survive? I was on pins throughout and I loved this dark and decadent tale which sizzles with emotion.
Although the read is a standalone novel, I now have Catacombs, the horror prequel, on my ‘to read’ pile. I am eager to find out more about the twisted characters within the world the author has created within the Cradle of Darkness series and look forward to reading future instalments.
Please note that an ARC of this book was given to me by the author for the purpose of a fair and honest review.
USA Today Bestselling author and Amazon Top 25 bestselling author, Addison Cain is best known for her dark romances, smoldering Omegaverse, and twisted alien worlds. Her antiheroes are not always redeemable, her lead females stand fierce, and nothing is ever as it seems.
Deep and sometimes heart wrenching, her books are not for the faint of heart. But they are just right for those who enjoy unapologetic bad boys, aggressive alphas, and a hint of violence in a kiss.