"A Creative and entertaining fantasy romance"
I just finished reading a super book! The story takes
place during the time of Henry II, more specifically when
his sons tried to usurp his throne.
Malinda Brinlaw is half human/half faery. Being anything
but human during Henry's time was dangerous, so her
magical abilities are a well-kept secret in her father's
holding. Tarquin FitzBruel, the half-brother of Malinda's
friend, Nan, comes back to England after many years
abroad. He is the bastard of a nobleman and a witch who
was raised by Malinda's faery mother, but left when
Malinda was very young. Tarquin recognizes Malinda as the
woman whom he saw in a prophetic trance. She recognizes
Tarquin as the young boy she helped in a vision from the
past. It is destined that they be together, but Tarquin
fights it because he feels he is a demon and will destroy
Malinda. Outside forces are also at work. One of Henry's
noblemen has an ax to grind with Tarquin and he chooses to
use Malinda to do it. The conclusion is very well done
and involves a creative use of shape-shifting. This is
Jayel's second book for Pocket. I liked it well enough
that I will search for the first one, A FALCON'S HEART.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 12, 2003
From Jayel Wylie, one of romantic fiction's most brilliant new stars, comes a breathtaking tale that seamlessly blends passion, magic, and the enchantment of true love.
After twelve years Tarquin FitzBruel, the most fearsome warrior in all of England, returns to Brinlaw Castle to keep a promise to his half-sister, Nan. Yet he vows to leave quickly before the demon that lurks within him can destroy the only people he truly loves, including the willful Malinda -- the spoiled beauty who haunts his dreams.
Malinda Brinlaw does not take well to being denied something she wants. After all, she is a sorceress. So when she meets Tarquin FitzBruel, she ignores her family's warnings and uses her faerie magic to cast a love spell on the unsuspecting warrior. Their clash of wills turns into a white-hot passion so intense that a connection is forged between them forever. But the darkness that plagues Tarquin's soul threatens to tear the destined lovers apart...unless the tortured warrior can make the fearful choice that will save them.