Gray de Coursy, Earl of Halvossa and Imnada shape-shifter, flies the streets of Regency London, soaring as an eagle under the cover of night. While fighting against Napoleon, Gray and his comrades were cursed by a dying Fae-blood. Now Gray hopes to break the spell that exiles them from their clan by stealing the Imnada’s most treasured relic—the Jai Idrish. When he receives a visit from his childhood companion Meeryn Munro, Gray is not only surprised by her offer of help, but also by how her sensuous curves tempt him beyond reason.
Appointed the Imnada clans’ next high shaman, Meeryn knows she possesses the power to keep Gray safe. What she is not prepared for is the torrent of desire he sets off in her. When they discover that the only way to lift Gray’s curse is to travel to the Gateway—a magical door between two realms—Meeryn and Gray must outwit a dangerous enemy if they hope to have a future together.
I've been a big fan of this series since it started, so I've been anxiously anticipating Gray's story. He takes his responsibilities as the leader of the rebellion very seriously, knowing that the draught he takes to hold the curse at bay is slowing killing him, yet choosing to remain actively involved in the fight against those that hunt him. He was banished from the clans long ago, the pain is still quite fresh in his mind, but he is determined to break the spell that prevents him from taking his rightful place as Duke of Morieux. Sir Dromon (seriously power hungry bad guy that has been poisoning the minds of the Imnada against Gray for years) will do anything in his power to stop Gray from succeeding. Meanwhile, Gray is reunited with Meeryn, a childhood friend that knows the pain of his past and chooses to help him be accepted back into the clan. She has recently been named the newest shaman in charge of the Jai Idrish, a powerful relic that Gray needs to break the curse.
This was a complicated read because so much regarding the overall story arc of the Imnada was going on, but I still loved every minute of it. In fact, I finished in about 2 days because I just had to know how everything would turn out for Gray and Meeryn. There are parts of this book where you feel emotionally wrung out because Gray's demise seems like the inevitable outcome, where the potion will destroy him before he has a chance to undue the curse that has plagued him for so long. He is also dealing with a great deal of guilt surrounding the death of his family so to say he has some emotional baggage would be an understatement. Meeryn is an excellent match for him because she knows the circumstances of his childhood firsthand, so when she helps him deal with the pain and anguish of surviving the words don't feel so empty.
Alexa Egan has an incredible knack for creating a deep and believable historical world where the inclusion of the paranormal doesn't overshadow the events taking place or the characters being developed. Her Imnada Brotherhood will please fans of historical romance as well as fans of paranormal romance. This book in particular also has plenty of action taking place as Gray and Meeryn are hunted down for stealing a valuable relic and Sir Dromon tries to end Gray's claim to the dukedom once and for all. Highly recommend!