Although Thalassa, a sea-witch is captured when the warlord Rhaeven sends his troops to her small village, she views it as not much more than what her past life entailed. Married at a young age to a man she did not love, and abused during the relationship, she is secretly glad to see her husband die. Now, pregnant, enslaved, and stricken with a deadly disease, she only waits her own death to release her from her torment.
Terran, the elfin Crown Prince of Diraenia, must choose a mate and produce an heir before his 30th birthday, or forfeit the crown to his youngest brother, Unwin. And time is running out. Terran is 29. His fiance, Elise, is dead, and he believes Unwin responsible. Yet, there is no proof. To make matters worse, Terran's other brother, Sinclair, has disappeared, and Terran fears the worse.
Bothered by a strange, haunting beat of drums, which no one can hear save himself, Terran's thoughts continually turn to a brief encounter with a young woman from Zal. Three days he spent with her, walking her back to her village, and her pre-ordained life there. Three days he spent falling in love with a woman who could never be his. She returned to her village, her waiting husband, and he returned to the palace, and life of emptiness and despair.
But the drums continue to call, and at last, Terran sets out to revisit the village, to see the woman one more time, to bring a close to his questions.
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"a rich and unconventional elfin magic story"
Reviewed by Gracie McKeever
Posted June 15, 2004
Elfin Crown Prince Terran of Diraenia is still in mourning
eight months after losing his fiancée accidentally killed
under suspicious circumstances at his jealous younger
brother, Unwin's, hands. He's at odds with his father King
Liam, who wants him to meet the princess from neighboring
Asuria in Read more...
"JennaKay Francis has written a wonderful fantasy..."
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted November 19, 2006
Thalassa can't believe how her life turned out. She's
nothing but a slave now, and a pregnant one at that. Her
people are the Zal and the life of a Zal woman is never
easy. Their husbands are not gentle men and they don't
believe in sparing Read more...