The Last Danann

Titanian Chronicles Book 2

Romance - Paranormal
365 Pages
Reviewed on 09/28/2021
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Author Biography

Award-winning, multi-genre author Victoria Saccenti writes romantic women’s fiction, contemporary romance, and paranormal romance. Not one for heart and flower stories, she explores the edgy twists and turns of human interaction, the many facets of love, and all possible happy endings. Conflicted and flawed characters seeking redemption are her central protagonists. After thirty years of traveling the world, she’s settled in Central Florida. She splits her busy schedule between family and her active muse at Essence Publishing. However, if she could convince her husband to sell their home, she would pack up her computer and move to Scotland, a land she adores. On a curious side note, in one form or another, she mentions Scotland in most of her stories.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Delene Vrey for Readers' Favorite

In the Last Danann by Victoria Saccenti, we meet an eons-old Tuatha Dé Warrior, Kailen. We see short memories starting in Thebes, Southern Egypt, 1000BC, when he visits Khnurn, a wizard charged with keeping the universe's balance. Kailen cannot join his people as they leave the earthly plane but has been given orders that occupy him for millennia. Khnurn assures him that he will find someone to fill his heart. In one of the many battles Kailen faces with his Masters, the Westerbergs, his beloved Nadrine is killed. Kailen believes his heart will never again belong to someone. When a shocking kidnapping occurs, Kailen must team up with Khnurn's apprentice Talaith. Neither of them ever thought they would ignite such intense feelings of love and protection for each other. However, her unknown origins still hang over them as the couple joins the other Titanians in a fight against two very evil death sorcerers.

The Last Danann by Victoria Saccenti is an exquisitely written piece of literature with exceptional descriptions and lavishly chosen words to convey the sense of awe inspired by the characters in the novel. The world of the supernaturals - superimposed and woven through the ordinary world - is exquisitely done. It leaves the reader dumb-struck at the beauty of the world seen through supernatural eyes. The diminished use of eroticism substantiates the novel's plot and balances the story as it unfolds. A well-crafted world supports the storyline. This is an excellent book. The language and tone are of the highest standard and add to the powerful characters that walk through the halls of the Chronicles. Enough background detail of previous events is given so that The Last Danann can be read either as a stand-alone or as part of the Titanian Chronicles.

Stephanie Chapman

The Last Danaan by Victoria Saccenti is the sequel to Titanian’s Phoenix in her series, The Titanian Chronicles. The story opens with Kailen battling Astarot’s horde and dark wizards alongside the young Titanian Soren. Kailen has protection from his love Nadrine, a powerful sorceress. When Kailen notices two strong adversaries have outnumbered a fellow warrior, he tries to give aid, only to be put in the sights of a lieutenant. Nadrine interferes, but a dark wizard vanquishes her. From that moment, Kailen vows he will never love another again. Fast forward to the 21st century, and Kailen has attracted the desire of Talaith, a sorceress that can see the memories of others. Despite his attempts to ignore her attraction, he finds himself drawn in and becomes intimate with her, as well as making Talaith his right hand. As they battle against Dubtach, the prime mage from Astarot, will Kailen be able to keep Talaith from meeting the same fate as Nadrine?

Victoria Saccenti’s The Last Danaan perfectly complemented Titanian’s Phoenix. I have had the pleasure of reading both books in order and found the developing plot captivating. The characters in the first book still appear, and Kailen's and Talaith's connections with them continue to develop. I could fully understand the hesitation Talaith had in showing her emotions to Kailen. He did a lot to dismiss her overtures and was distrustful of her intentions. I didn’t expect how quickly Kailen changed his thoughts about Talaith, especially after his vow never to love another woman since Nadrine died. The story’s pace is one of my favorite aspects because it held my attention, and I found myself unable to stop reading until I reached the end. The open ending leads directly into another book in the series. I would recommend this 5-star fantasy romance to any adult reader that enjoys shifter stories. The ability to look through their eyes and feel what Talaith and Kailen feel is effortless and makes this book a delight. I look forward to more stories in The Titanian Chronicles.

K.C. Finn

The Last Danann is a work of fiction in the paranormal romance subgenre and was penned by author Victoria Saccenti. The work is the third book of the Titanian Chronicles and is intended for mature adult reading audiences due to the presence of sexual scenes and some moderate violence. The strong male lead of this sweeping fantasy romance novel is Kailen, a warrior who has long since closed his heart to love after losing the most important person in the world to him a thousand years ago. But as dark forces rise up to renew their demonic attacks, Kailen meets the beautiful healer Talaith, who threatens to bring all his emotional walls crumbling to the ground in the midst of his biggest ever fight.

Author Victoria Saccenti delivers a truly passionate romance novel that perfectly balances fantasy lore, action/adventure, and romance. I found it pretty straightforward to get into the world’s lore, the history, and the characters’ backstories so far, and the plot sets off at a blistering pace with plenty of excitement from the off. Saccenti builds sexual tension like a master of the craft, with slick dialogue and vivid, cinematic descriptions that will give readers a wonderful insight into the passion and emotion behind every action of the central pair. This is well balanced and delivered at appropriate moments in between the climactic fantasy battle plot for a well-rounded reading experience that is always exciting. Overall, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend The Last Danann to fans of the existing series and for newcomers looking for a worthy new writer to absorb. A sensational sizzling read.