"Great world building and storytelling"
In 1659 Paris, Sir Jack Marstone rescues the muddied
filthy Catherine de la Fer from assailants. She remembers
little of her past, but he provides her a safe haven while
she heals at least physically. When she recovers from her
injuries, he teaches her how to use a sword and other
skills so she can defend herself. However, his kindness
and nurturing cannot protect her from the nightmares she
suffers from every evening.
Jack realizes he must escort his ward to her family and
betrothed, the vile Marquis de Bauvin, but is reluctant to
do so. Instead he feels a need to keep Catherine safe,
something he believes would not occur if he handed her
over to the Marquis, rumored to be an evil sorcerer. As
Jack and Catherine fall in a forbidden love, they know
that soon they will have to confront the sorcerer who
plans to use her to obtain her family's supernatural
powers that will enhance him to levels so superior to
mankind they will seem like ants to be stepped on. Only
Catherine the skilled swordswoman and her lover stand in
Showing the width of her talent (to the chagrin of her
Regency devotees), Karen Harbaugh provides a strong
paranormal romance that hooks the audience because the
otherworldly environs seems so real in the author's mid
seventeenth century Europe. The story line is the classic
good vs. evil theme with the twist being that one of the
good guys (gal in this case) is slated to be the mate of
the malevolent menace. As she did with NIGHT FIRES, Ms.
Harbaugh enchants her audience with a dark tale lightened
by the goodness of love.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 15, 2003