Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined.
THE NOBLEWOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE
Ildiko, niece of the Gauri king, has always known her only worth to the royal family lay in a strategic marriage. Resigned to her fate, she is horrified to learn that her intended groom isn’t just a foreign aristocrat but the younger prince of a people neither familiar nor human. Bound to her new husband, Ildiko will leave behind all she’s known to embrace a man shrouded in darkness but with a soul forged by light.
Two people brought together by the trappings of duty and politics will discover they are destined for each other, even as the powers of a hostile kingdom scheme to tear them apart.
Radiance begins when Ildiko, a human woman, must marry in order to ally the humans and the Kai together. Brishen, Prince of the Kai, must marry the human woman. These two are not at all attracted to each other. They don't understand one another, and it makes it something they are each dreading when it comes to this marriage.
However, when they actually have a accidental meeting before the wedding, it becomes apparent that they actually have a lot in common, and seem to be able to become friends quickly.
But they will have a lot more problems ahead of them if they wish to create peace between them and the other enemies lying in wait.
This book was freaking amazing! I adored the relationship between Ildiko and Brishen. It was a really slow burn relationship that spread to more than friendship. These two were great together, and I loved how they interacted with others in the book as well.
This was a refreshing plot line with romance, action and lots of intrigue as well. I adored this book over all and I look forward to more in this series.