Since the day Lord Dillon earned his spurs, rumors of his savagery on the battlefield have preceded him into every room, stilling tongues and sparking fear. Weary of battle, he wishes only to find a woman he can wed who will approach him not with fear, but with the tenderness that has been absent from his life for so long. Yet only the wisewoman seems invariably at ease in his presence. Perhaps because she garners the same fear in others that he does himself.
For seven years, Alyssa has been by Lord Dillon’s side, counseling him from the shadows, healing him with her hands, and staving off the worst of his loneliness while his fearsome reputation keeps others at bay. Blessed–or cursed–with gifts that label her a sorceress, she is forced to conceal her youth and the love she harbors for him beneath umbral robes that lead Dillon and his people to believe she is the same aged wisewoman who served his father.
All is revealed, however, and passions flare when an enemy threatens Dillon’s life and Alyssa sacrifices everything to save him. When Dillon discovers that the wisewoman is far from elderly, he is instantly entranced. And, as he and Alyssa work together to defeat an enemy bent on destroying them both, Dillon will risk anything–even the wrath of his king–to be with her.
I don’t usually read or review Male/Female romance because I am usually just so annoyed by the female characters that I can’t stand them.
Well… this is still annoying, but at least the female does what she wants how she wants it and a little of her annoyingness is explained due to time period.
I loved that our couple is together right from the beginning and that we see some pretty cool magic throughout the whole book.
I didn’t really care for the romance as much as I have with Duvall’s other series, the one to which this is a spin off (or vice versa?)
Others have criticized the language as being inconsistent for the time period, but I disagree. Sure, it isn’t accurate, but you know what, I wouldn’t want to read old English so this suits me just fine. A few old phrases thrown in here and there to keep it feeling dated and I was fine.
The second book is now out and I saw it on Amazon and thought – huh – I never got around to reading book one did I? Well, after reading this, and remembering how Bethany fucked Marcus up, and seeing what a dick Richard is in this book – NOPE. Not gonna read their story. I can’t even care about them and the story itself is just not interesting enough to get past that.
4 of 5 stars