Sigil by Addison Cain
Series: Irdesi Empire #1
Genre: dark biopunk, horror
He will possess her in every way.
After a century, The Irdesi Emperor has finally cornered their species’ only female. Sovereign and his fanatic brothers are closing in, driving Sigil to desperation.
They outnumber her, they are stronger, and they are relentless.
Sovereign knows her secrets better than Sigil knows herself. He knows she was conditioned to hate him. It changes nothing. The Emperor cannot help but crave her—just as his loyal brothers crave her.
The entire future of their species hinges on Sovereign’s ability to dominate the slippery renegade and make her feel the truth of what she is. She is his Consort. She is his obsession—a bride destined to be shared with and adored by his kin… to be satiated and ruled, to be overpowered and healed of her compulsions by any means necessary.
She has no choice in the matter. The empire will stop at nothing. Sigil will belong to them; she will be made to love them, even if they are forced to rip the galaxy apart to claim her.
Publisher’s Note: The first novella in Addison Cain’s provocative and raw Irdesi Empire series is a dark tale with explicit sexual themes and complete power exchange. Some scenes are written to be disturbing. If such material offends you, please do not purchase.
Reviewer’s note: this is the first part of a serial, so, naturally, it ends on a cliffhanger.
Saturated in stimulus, panting, pleading for a thing partway between mercy and annihilation, she screamed, “Please”, choked on the word, and climaxed so hard the world went black.
The main strength of Cain’s writing is her ability to form original universes, and that is also the best feature of this series. I highly appreciate the lack of info-dump, instead enough detail being dripped throughout these pages to obtain a greater depth of understanding – although, as ever, it is initially confusing when adapting to new ideas and universes within the first few pages, this disappears very quickly and it’s easy to settle down and massively enjoy the ride.
“I suppose we’re both monsters.”
Black hair hung in his eyes as he turned her chin to taste her mouth. “At least I didn’t try to eat her, lost lamb.”
This isn’t just biopunk sci-fi – there are elements of erotica and horror present (though the former not quite enough for me to describe this as an erotic novel), including gore, cannibalism and rape/dub-con; yet all of this is done in a bizarrely tasteful way, contributing to the understanding of Quinn and her little ‘problem’, without the feeling of being bombarded with dark elements with the sole purpose to shock.
I felt Quinn was a vastly interesting heroine, strong (if not a little psychotic) and utterly powerful, despite her dark past. I have to say that I wasn’t quite as interested in Sovereign, but I have a feeling this will change as the series progresses. We had four potential heroes to contend with, and Cain did a fantastic job of giving them their own personalities – Arden’s my man, and I’m dying to see how this one goes.
“The thought of your hate has burned me for a century. I do not wish to earn more of it.”
What I will say is that, thematically, this is in some respects very similar to Cain’s Alpha’s Claim series. They share specific elements such as biting, bonding and the theme of being a slave to one’s own genetic makeup. But don’t let this put you off – there is enough difference between them to retain my interest, and I really cannot wait to see where this series goes.
Another strong first instalment from Cain’s dark, twisted mind, that leaves you no choice but to have to keep reading.