5 Second look at 'Until the Sun Falls from the Sky' by Kristen Ashley
A Quick Summary
- Leah comes from a family of concubines. They serve vampires and were one of the first families to ever do so. Now, it’s her time to go to the selection and hope that she is passed over, but Lucien, the defacto king of the Vampire Dominion has plans for her.
- Installed into her new world, Lucien tries to break Leah’s spirit. He likes the challenge of getting her to comply and give into his wishes, but Leah won’t give up her heart.
- Lucien goes against vampire law to have her and keep her and make her his, but can he keep her safe once he has her?
My Take on the Book :
Much of this book is a battle between Leah and Lucien. The payoff at the end is phenomenal. Great book.
Leah Buchanan’s family has been in service to vampires for five centuries. Even so, Leah wants nothing to do with her family’s legacy. But when she’s summoned to her Selection by the Vampire Dominion, under familial pressure, she has no choice but to go.
Lucien has been living under the strict edicts of the Vampire Dominion for centuries but he’s tired of these ancient laws stripping away everything that is the essence of the vampire.
So he’s taking it back.
And this is because Lucien has been watching and waiting for decades for Leah to become available for a Selection and he will not be limited with what he can do with her. He will have her, all of her.
Therefore, Lucien is going to tame Leah, even if he gets hunted and killed for doing it.
What neither Leah nor Lucien expects is the strong bond that will form between them, connecting them on unprecedented levels for mortals or immortals. And what will grow between them means they will challenge their ways of life and their union will begin The Prophesies which makes them one of three couples who will save humanity… or die in the effort.
My Review of 'Until the Sun Falls from the Sky' by Kristen Ashley
Leah is a Buchanan. The Buchanan women have been in the service of vampires for 500 years. Leah wants nothing to do with it. Forced into a world that she knows nothing about, her guileless attitude and contempt for the Vampire Dominion make her wholly unprepared for her Selection. She was hoping to go, appease her family, be passed over, and leave knowing she did her duty to her family. Free to live her life. But, she captures the attention of The Vampire, Lucien.
He forces her to sign the contract that makes her blood and her body his until he decides to move on to the next concubine. Her spirit and sass carry her into a new world that she knows nothing about, mostly because she was expelled from the training she was required to attend before the Selection. Lucien’s actions are brutal and strange to her, but she keeps fighting. Shear will is all that keeps her from giving in and losing her heart because she knows this is a temporary arrangement. She can never really have him and refuses to break her own heart.
Lucien is alpha among alphas. The defacto king of the Vampire Dominion, he demands respect. His service to the dominion makes him unique even amongst his kind. Vampire law forbids love matches between humans and vampires. After centuries of docile, boring, beautiful concubines, Lucien is restless for a challenge. He’d known about Leah long before he met her in the Selection and she is his. He knows he can break her will and finally have the relationship with someone that he hasn’t been allowed to have in the past. Lucien calls in favors, changes the contract, and damn the consequences.
Taken from her life, her home, her job, and her family, Leah is the newest concubine to Lucien. She doesn’t care about the gilded cage that he put her in, she just knows that she can’t let him break her. She may be stuck in this situation for the next few years, but she knows that she has to protect herself.
It’s a battle, Leah tries and fails with her plans to keep him at arm’s length. For months, she tries everything she can to protect her heart. She doesn’t know that much of what Lucien has done is completely out of the norm for a concubine-vampire relationship. They don’t live with each other. They don’t spend the night with each other. She is too busy trying to protect herself.
Vampire politics come into play halfway through this book and Leah and Lucien reluctantly become closer and closer together. Lucien would never admit it, but Leah was his. Special to him, important to him, just his. He won’t call it love, but that’s what it really is. When she is treated, by his bigot father, he loses his mind. When she almost dies, all he can think is how he must protect her. No, he never calls it love, but that’s what it is. War may be on the horizon, but his connection with Leah will always be his first priority.