Fantasy land! Blessed and Un-Blessed, what a concept. Taking dark and light and bringing it to a magical world was great. Michelle Pillow does an amazing job of describing this realm. Her characters are developed and have depth to them. Merrick is the King of the Unblessed. He is not happy nor really mad, but borders on melancholy, that is until he seeks the pleasure and presence of Lady Juliana. Lady Juliana is from a family that has been blessed for many generations. She has been betrothed to an older man, a king. She is not happy with complacency and seeks adventure. Merrick has been watching Juliana for a while. He gives her what she wants but at a cost. Their love/hate relationship is wonderful. Truth, lies and all that in-between come together in a great battle.