Beyond the Ruby River, is a little different to the other two books in the series. The first two are paranormal action/adventure, and of course romance. This one is more straight forward paranormal romance. When I first realised the difference, I thought that maybe Lee had made a mistake in changing the pace of the book.
Boy I was so wrong to worry. Though we have no great adventure and quest to solve. Book three takes us way back in time to ancient Egypt. And revolves around Mahu, which we got glimpses of in book two, and Daka, Mahu’s lover who happens to be an incubus.
We start with Mahu before he became a vampire and was a simple papyrus maker/seller. Who is still mourning the loss of his family to illness.
And Daka a young half-bred incubus, who notices Mahu in the town square, and becomes obsessed with the older man. So much so that he reigns in his incubus nature of seeking to instantly bed and feed from Mahu, in the hope of a relationship.
Their relationship slowly grows to friendship and then lovers, but there are issues that may cause them to go their separate ways. Obviously, one being that Daka is a half incubus demon. Which is a big issue for anyone but for Mahu who is religious and believes that demons will stop him eventually being reunited in the afterlife with his family.
The depth of their love spans centuries with many of them spent separately after Daka takes Mahu’s destiny into his own hands, much against Mahu’s wishes.
They say time is the greatest healer but when you have eternity does that ring true, can bridges be mended after such a long time apart?
I really imagined Mahu and Daka working in the shop making papyrus. I really liked the touch of Mahu making small scrolls with jokes on them for the children of his friends. I just thought it really showed Mahu’s nature of caring and fun, and why it was so important to him to be reunited with his family.
Daka was fun too, with his literal thinking, and the naivety of youth. I just loved Daka’s reaction to the sludge of the riverbed between his toes. It made me giggle. It is scenes like these two that make a good book into a great book in my humble opinion.
As with the previous books in the series, the world building is excellent, vivid and well portrayed, nothing seemed false or unbelievable.
Now I know this is supposed to be the final book in the series, but I am going to start a campaign to persuade Lee to write Tamaj’s story. He seemed to be a cool guy, that had a story of his own to tell. I do not know why but his character intrigues me. I’d also would love to have a glimpse of Mahu’s transformation and coming to terms with being a vampire. Lee Pweety Please can we have just one more book in the series.