"Intriguing historical fantasy romance"

Two years ago, her "mundane" mom died leaving Gwynne Owens without any prospects. Septuagenarian Guardian Lord Breen married the teen so she can have protection until her destiny calls her. A few years later, the kind Breen dies leaving Anna alone, but at least she has widow status and enjoys her work as a librarian of Guardian lore.

In 1745, Scottish Laird Duncan MacRae wants to end the conflict between his homeland and England for the betterment of both countries. However, he is sidetracked when he sees Anna for the first time and understands the reference to Helen of Troy; he knows in his gut that she is his soulmate. Anna rejects his advances although she is attracted to him as he has too much power as a weather mage. Still he pursues her, but civil war between the two countries is imminent and these two individuals will play critical roles amplified by their love for one another.

This is an intriguing historical fantasy romance starring two wonderful protagonists. A host of fabulous secondary players adds depth to the plot or insight to the lead duet. Much of the story line focuses on Duncan's efforts to win the heart of his ladylove and to convince her that they belong together, but once the potential catastrophe surfaces, the fantasy elements take charge of the plot. This strong tale will please fans of both sub-genres.

Harriet Klausner

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 20, 2004


A novel of the Guardians

Laird of an ancient, powerful Scottish clan, Duncan Macrae is committed to ending the ceaseless strife between Scotland and England. But he also has other, secret powers—those of a Guardian, humans with mystical abilities to control nature's forces and see into the hearts of others. And from the moment he encounters the young and independent English widow Gwyneth Owens, his fiery spirit is irrevocably drawn to claim her as his own—a passion that will not only set his loyalty to his land against his sworn Guardian vows, but will also threaten everything he cherishes most.

Though Gwynne's father was a Guardian, she believes that she has inherited only her mother's beauty, not her father's power. Then one kiss from the dangerously alluring Laird of the Macraes ignites a hunger that shakes her to her soul—and reveals visions of a looming catastrophe that threatens England and Scotland both. Only by becoming Duncan's wife, and ultimately betraying the man she loves, can she avert disaster.

As destiny and two mighty nations clash, Gwynne and Duncan must push their powers and passions beyond the most forbidden limits if they are to save their love—and secure the future.

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A Kiss of Fate
(Guardians: Book 1)
by Mary Jo Putney

Ballantine Books
July 1, 2004
Available: June 29, 2004
ISBN #0345449169
EAN #9780345449160
352 pages
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