Seeds of Sorrow

Immortal Realms Book 1

Romance - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
442 Pages
Reviewed on 09/10/2023
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Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite

Seeds of Sorrow (Immortal Realms Book 1) is a light-versus-dark fantasy romance by Elle Beaumont and Christis Christie. Three kings spent years fighting monsters that crossed the veil from Andhera to prey on the Midnivia villagers. King Draven chose to cross the veil to bring order to Andhera and prevent monsters from crossing to Midnivia. King Travion and King Zyran knew that anyone who stayed in Andhera would change. Centuries passed, and peace prevailed throughout the land. However, Eden felt like a prisoner in her mother’s home. She accepted an invitation to the Midnivian Ball, where she was chaperoned by her mother Naya. During the ball, Naya tried to leave early, but an announcement was made by King Zyran. King Draven and Eden were engaged. Naya was horrified that her daughter must accompany the blood-thirsty king from Andhera. Would Eden survive?

Seeds of Sorrow is an unpredictable story. Eden was the epitome of light, with a kind and comforting nature. Conversely, Draven’s transformation required him to drink blood to survive. The goblins were playful, and I found their antics in Eden’s room entertaining. I thought Mynata, a vampire who wanted to be Draven’s wife, was behind the chaos in the story. However, the addition of more nefarious creatures made me doubt my original suspicion. There are no dull moments to be found. The vivid details of the scenery made it easy to envision the beauty of the gardens. The alternating views between Draven and Eden were easy to follow. The interactions and dialogue with supporting characters assisted in developing a connection with each character. The end of the story left a large opening for the sequel, which I am eager to read. Seeds of Sorrow by Elle Beaumont and Christis Christie will appeal to readers who enjoy slow-burn fantasy romances filled with danger and adventure.