Terrible Praise

by Lara Hayes

For five hundred years, all Stela had known was a roving life in service to her maker, Fane. But in the last century her family has built a permanent residence in the abandoned freight tunnels beneath Chicago, where anonymity reigns supreme.

Navigating the modern world is not easy and Stela, once a fierce warrior, has traded the heat of battle for petty negotiation, her sword for a pen, and her station as Fane’s enforcer to now serve as her family’s financial liaison.

When a late meeting forces Stela to visit a nearby hospital, she crosses paths with the beguiling Elizabeth Dumas—a brilliant nurse who sacrificed her academic career to care for her ailing mother. Their charged encounter will threaten the secrecy Stela has sworn to uphold, and the bond they unwittingly forge will irrevocably alter both their lives.

Worlds collide and entwine in Terrible Praise, Book One of The Redamancy Series.




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Genre Paranormal
Length 288 pages
Publication Date April 12, 2018
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781594935978e
Editor Cath Walker
Cover Designer Judith Fellows


  • A Bella Debut Novel.


The Lesbian Review
I LOVE a first person that is written well. So this book checks off all my qualifications for first person which is; written well. A good first person can really pique my curiosity and keep me guessing and Lara Hayes had me confused (is she really crazy?!) but never lost and always interested. The leading ladies are Stella and Elizabeth, I enjoyed the way they were written especially Elizabeth. Her actions were rational and logical which I can get behind. Stela has a mysterious air to her and I love that sort of thing. I just gave a romance book two thumbs up. So you know this book is amazing just read it.

Lex’s Reviews - This is another debut book that I never once considered that it was. While this may be the first published book, it’s clear that Hayes knows how to write. I’m happy to say I loved the ending and it gave me hope. This is going to be a series so it ends when new things are just beginning. I enjoy different and more cerebral reads on occasion. And I like where the series seems to be headed, so I will be reading more.

Customer Reviews

2 reviews for Terrible Praise – eBook

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    I can’t remember the last time a book pulled me in so quickly but, I’ve only had Terrible Praise for ONE day and I’m already dreaming about it! Which is honestly equal parts amazing and spooky. This is book one of The Redamancy Series so I am really looking forward to spending more time with characters Elizabeth and Stela. (Be prepared to fall in love with one OR both of these characters; I’m so ride or die for Elizabeth Dumas it’s kind of ridiculous).

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    The author does an amazing job of taking you straight to the setting, this is the quality of descriptive writing you dont really expect from a debut novel…after the first page you are there, you are with the characters and you don’t want to put the book down. Can’t wait to follow this series and see what the author does in the future. Best book I’ve read in a while.

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