"A sweeping romance but not a book for the squeamish"
Bastard son of the town's butcher and a browbeaten and
mistreated housewife, Sean Cullen is different from other
children and always has been. He can read minds, doesn't
suffer the same childhood maladies as his peers, and is
far superior -- physically and intellectually -- to many
of them and even some of the adults in his realm.
Unfortunately, not his physical strength or his
intelligence can save him from the wrath of an ignorant
abusive father and a catholic school system bent on
punishing him for being different, and his inability to
back down from a fight (especially when it comes to
protecting his beloved Bronwyn McGregor). Nor can his
differences save him from the fate that will befall him
once age-old secrets are unearthed, he is faced with the
truth of his heritage and legendary creatures from a human
being's worst imaginings are resurrected and unleashed.
The daughter of an affluent and well-connected
psychiatrist father and a college educated mother, Bronwyn
McGregor is as strong and determined as Sean is different,
and is as in love with Sean as he is in love with her. She
refuses to allow anyone to come between her and Sean --
not her beleaguered parents, peers, nor most of the small-
minded residents of Albany, Georgia where they all live.
What neither Sean nor Bronwyn count on is the
resourcefulness of two over-protective parents willing to
go to any lengths to shield their daughter from a
perceived threat, and in this case, the threat is one Sean
Cullen, a young man from the wrong side of the tracks. It
doesn't matter a lick to Bronnie's parents that Sean would
never allow anyone or anything to harm their precious
daughter. Sean Cullen is no more than white trash to them,
low-class scum of the earth and will never be good enough
for Bronnie, regardless of his track record for defending
Humans and creatures from ancient and powerful races alike
want to see Sean and Bronwyn apart, and each will do
anything they can to this end, and suit their own evil
needs, good intentions and ingrained obsessions. The
humans succeed, but only temporarily, for true eternal
love knows no bounds, nor flesh -- only recognizes the
essence of soul mates. And Sean and Bronwyn are soul
mates, bonded for life the night that they make love in
the back of a car at a popular lover's haunt.
It is a night of firsts, and the beginning of tragedy and
hell on earth for the young lovers. After his and
Bronwyn's tryst, Sean is taken into police custody and
discovers from a commiserating police detective that his
mother has murdered his father and cut him up into little
pieces. On the heels of his mother's sentencing to an
institution, Sean is visited by Brian O'Shea, a strange
yet oddly familiar man who will reveal more to Sean than
he ever wanted to know about his background, and make an
offer to the lad that he can't refuse, as much as Sean
would like to.
After serving a month in jail for fighting in the
courtroom during his mother's trial, Sean is released to
the news that Bronwyn has been whisked off to Ireland
against her will and sequestered in a catholic school for
wayward girls. He will learn much too late that he and
Bronwyn conceived a child the one and only time they were
Steeped in rich Celtic folklore, history, and alien
rituals, "BlackWind" is a poignant well-written story
peopled with engaging and strong hero and heroine, and a
multitude of powerful mythological creatures from one of
the most fertile imaginations this reader has come across.
Ms. Boyett-Compo handles the delineation of hero, heroine,
villains, and those in-between with explicit care, and
wields a deft hand with characterization, dialogue and
research. I especially enjoyed the tender relationship,
though short-lived "on-screen", between Sean and his
mother, and the young man's capacity to elicit awe,
sympathy and support from a wide cross-section of society.
On the opposite spectrum, but no less luscious, Viraidan
Cree elicited hatred as well as devotion, which made for
an emotional tale of revenge as well as eternal love.
There are lots of surprising twists and turns keep the
reader flipping pages (or in this case scrolling) all the
way to an intense and even LOL finale that left this
reader finally exhaling with satisfaction.
This is not a book for the squeamish reader with delicate
sensibilities unwilling to sink their teeth into a detail-
laced narrative, but beyond the graphic death and mayhem,
and at its heart, "BlackWind" is what sweeping romance is
all about: the love of a boy and girl against seemingly
insurmountable odds. A very enjoyable read I highly
Gracie C. McKeever,
Reviewed by Gracie McKeever
Posted June 24, 2003
Sean and Bronwyn have loved one another since grammar school. Believing Sean isn't good enough for their child, Bronwyn's parents will do everything in their power to keep them apart, including spiriting Bronwyn off to a secluded convent in Ireland.
But Sean isn't entirely human. Born of an Earthly mother and implanted with an alien parasite that makes it possible for him to shape-shift into a wolf-like creature, the young man is far more than Bronwyn's parents counted on. Determined to be reunited with the woman he loves, Sean will do what is necessary to have her in his arms once again.
From the mists of time and space, another creature lies in wait, eager to steal Bronwyn from Sean. Danyon Hart is a NightWind, an immortal created to aid women in their times of despair. He has heard Bronwyn's lonely cries and has come from the far reaches of the megaverse to claim her.
Fighting to get back to one another, the lovers must strive against a brutal evil that is dogging their every footstep.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Note: This book was originally published elsewhere under the same title.
Genre: Romance - Paranormal
Book Length: Plus Novel