"Absolutely beautiful love story"
Epona knows that the times are turning darker, at least to
followers of the Goddess, as Christianity begins to sweep
away the old religion that she still practices. She also
realizes that her "gift" is beginning to fade and she must
quickly mate with the right man to pass on her gift to her
daughter just like her mother did to her. However, Pony as
she is known, fears she will evanesce just like her mom so
has delayed the inevitable for a decade, but the
catastrophe her mother predicted seems imminent and time
has run out for Pony.
When Pony meets Saxon King Alfred she thinks this noble
liege must be the one, but then she encounters Viking
Valgar the Beast and wonders if he is the chosen. As Pony
struggles to make up her mind by choosing one and leaving
the other behind, her selection will impact England. She
knows that even with her full of loving for one of the men,
her choice must be what is best for her people and not
necessarily her heart.
Fans of Dark Ages mystical romances will appreciate Susan
Squires' latest magical tale. The key to the exhilarating
plot is the lead female character that seems so believable
whether she talks with the animals or struggles with her
fears, doubts, and uncertainties. As the author did with
the delightful DANEGELD, Ms. Squires provides a strong
historical romance that adds to her growing reputation for
enchanting, unique stories.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted February 15, 2003