"Exciting historical romantic fantasy"

The magical kingdom of Anavrin is separated from the outside world by a veil. When the queen gives birth, the king's sister goes to the sacred well to fill the Dragon Chalice with water as part of a ceremony. She overhears a man crying for help on the other side of the veil so she crosses leaving the sacred cup on her side. She takes the injured man across the veil. Later when she learns that her brother will kill the outsider, she helps him cross back to the mortal side only to learn he stole the chalice and brought it with him. The chalice bursts into light and the four stones are dispatched.

Years pass until 1275 in London Lady Ariana needs escort to rescue her brother Kenrick held captive in France. She hires a guide Ferrand de Paris who plans to sell her into slavery. However, Braedon Le Chasser rescues her. Ariana tries to persuade Braedon to take her to France where she is to deliver a satchel of information to save her sibling, but the information on the Dragon Chalice probably will mean the deaths of the siblings.

This is an exciting historical romantic fantasy that fans of the sub-genre will appreciate. The story line is action-packed whether the events occur in Anavrin, England, or France. Ariana is an intrepid heroine while Braedon is more of a former heroic champion. The chalice provides a fresh element typically not seen in a historical so that the audience receives a delightfully entertaining tale that will have everyone prime for the sequel.

Harriet Klausner

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 3, 2004


Ariana of Clairmont would risk anything to save her kidnapped brother, a quest she knows is fraught with peril. Her only ally is Braedon le Chasseur, a formidable knight with a mysterious past, whose scarred face and brooding nature mask a soul filled with pain. Ariana fears this dangerous man and the secrets he strives to conceal—but Braedon's touch is pure seduction, his kiss a potent lure that tempts her into a passion she is powerless to resist.

Once known as The Hunter, now haunted by a dark legacy he struggles to deny, Braedon lives in a world of shadow and isolation—until he is thrust together with an innocent beauty in need of his protection. Embarking on a journey that will lead them to a legendary treasure, Braedon will be forced to confront old enemies and the stunning secret of his true nature—or risk losing Ariana and the only happiness he has ever known. . . .


Heart of the Hunter
(Dragon Chalice: Book 1)
by Tina St. John

Ballantine Books
June 1, 2004
ISBN #0345459946
EAN #9780345459947
384 pages
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Tina St. John

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