Title: Princess Of The Damned
Series: Skeleton Key
Author: Wendy Knight
Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
I remember when I was in elementary school and my friends told me how if you went into the bathroom with the lights off and said "Bloody Mary" three times, she would come to you through the mirror. I also remember doing it out and while my mind was probably simply playing tricks on me, I saw a bloody girl in the mirror reaching towards me -- and it scared me to death. I ran from that bathroom and never played that "game" again.
You can imagine my curiosity when I picked up Princess of the Damned -- a book that tells the tale of Eiress, a young woman who was taken through the mirror by Bloody Mary when she was but three years old. She has been trapped on the Isle of the Damned for the past fourteen years. Eiress has a secret though -- she has a friend who lends her strength to endure the nightmares she faces each day.
Landon never sees his reflection in the mirror. I can't even imagine what that would be like -- every time he looks into a mirror he sees HER. He talks to her, but he knows she can't hear him. That doesn't matter because he knows she can feel his presence because she talks to him as well. Over the years he has fallen in love with her, and now he needs to rescue her. But how?
There are rules. She's chained to the island, just like Bloody Mary and Elizabeth, so she cannot leave. When someone comes in, only one can go out. Landon needs the key to unlock her chains, and he needs to find his way to the Isle of the Damned so he can bring Eiress home.
This is the stuff little girls' nightmares are made of, but out of the darkness comes the most beautiful light. This isn't truly a horror story -- it's also a love story. Of a mother's love for her child, Landon and Eiress' love for each other, and even the love and loyalty between a girl and her pet dragon.
Princess of the Damned will take you on an emotional adventure -- fear, anxiety, love, loyalty, peace, anger, friendship, bitterness, and sorrow are only a few of the feelings you might experience as you travel to the Isle of the Damned and come face-to-face with Bloody Mary.
FYI ~ clean read - some mild language
Honest disclosure ~ I received a review copy in connection with the blog tour.