"Well done blend fantasy with Regency era"
The Forest Lord aka Hern aka Lord Cornelius aka Hartley...
crosses over from the fane (fairy) world and presides over
the lands of Hartsmere England. Laws have been laid out
to protect the land so man does not betray it, and the
animals can thrive.
And as we know there is always someone who will push the
boundaries and break the rules. Enter Lord Blackwell who
makes the mistake of hunting on the lands. The Forest
Lord, guardian of these lands for hundreds of years, tries
to punish him but Lord Blackwell manages to bargain for
his life by allowing Hern to marry his daughter for
purposes of having a baby to take back with him to the
land of fane.
Beautiful young Eden falls madly in love with Lord
Cornelius, not knowing his other identities as Hern aka
the Forest Lord and eagerly runs away with him six months
later. Everything goes to hell in a hand basket when Lord
Blackwell tries one last ditch effort to save his
daughter. Angered by his interference Cornelius's cannot
hold back his true identity just in time for Eden to come
around the corner and see. Scared and confused she runs
from the inn unknowing that she carries his child already.
Nine months later a babe is born and lost. Aunt Claudia
whisks her away to London where she is married to the only
man that will take her and Hern goes into hibernation in a
Five years later and on her husbands deathbed Eden learns
that her son lives. Eager to find him she returns to
Hartsmere. Upon the knowledge of her return the Forest
Lord awakens and is eager for retribution against the
woman who turn tail and ran from him.
Now disguised as Hartley, the Forest Lord gets to know
Eden in a completely different way. She no longer holds
the light naiveté of five years ago, but rather embraces
the blessing of being a mother to her son and is eager to
be more involved in the lands and people of Hartsmere.
This book is well woven with the plot twisting and turning
as the events of their lives unfold. Susan Krinard has
done her research well into the Regency era and the
history behind fairy lore. Her attention to detail helps
to blend fantasy with reality. The result is a magnificent
book of resurrecting the magic of lost love. And as I
live in and amongst the wilds of Alaska I have to say I
will take great care not to trespass where fairies may lie
Reviewed by Mindy Lobaugh
Posted May 6, 2003