Raintree: Inferno is the first in the Raintree series by 3 different authors. I purchased this book as a 3 in 1 novel and was glad I did, as the endinRaintree: Inferno is the first in the Raintree series by 3 different authors. I purchased this book as a 3 in 1 novel and was glad I did, as the ending was a cliff-hanger and I was eager to read more. I was surprised at first to learn that these trilogies were written by different authors and was a little put off by that. However, now having read all three, I can understand how each author created their own character but also stayed true to the plot.
The modern Raintree people are descendants of wizards and possess magical abilities. According to legend, their arch-rivals are another clan of dark wizards called the Ansara. The Raintree and Ansara went to war over 200 years ago. The Raintree clan almost annihilated the Ansara people and left what remained of their desecrated clan in the middle of a deserted Caribbean island. Now, the Ansara clan have rebuilt their numbers and are seeking revenge on the Raintree descendants. This book begins with Dante Raintree, the Dranir (leader) of the Raintree clan who possesses the power to control fire. Dante owns a casino called Inferno, and when he discovers a women stealing from him, he confronts her and discovers a lot more than a simple theft. Lorna Clay is an untrained magic user and unwittingly becomes a part of the Raintree/Ansara war.
I had reservations about these books but ended up really liking them. Dante seemed a somewhat arrogant and overbearing male lead but possessed some redeeming characteristics in the end (kindness and understanding). Lora was a strong character who I was conflicted about at times. Lorna was held against her will by Dante who was quite callous towards her at the beginning. However, she seemed to forget all about that treatment pretty quickly and jump into bed with him. However, despite that, Lorna had some good one-liners and the background and time the author took to explore the Raintree history and Lorna’s past really endeared me to this book....more