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"Fate brings them together on a quest and they find more than magic"

Lady Ariana needed to get to France; her brother Kenrick's life depended on it. Unfortunately Ferrand, the unscrupulous merchant who was to make arrangements, had other plans. He took her gold, killed her bodyguard and was planning on earning more money by selling her when Braedon le Chasseur came to the rescue. Braedon still could not explain what he saw happen that night or just now when Ferrand escaped. A man could not have turn into a rat - or could he?

Braedon was called 'The Hunter' because of his unerring instincts, but the last time he was on a quest, his group was betrayed by Draec le Nantres and murdered. Searching for the legendary Dragon Chalice stolen from the kingdom of Anavrin is a quest that has cost many their life. The last thing Braedon wants to do is get involved with Lady Ariana, but he finds instead of stopping her, he is aiding her on this quest. His past has drawn him into this but will the Chalice be his destiny or his destruction?

The twists and tension of the tale will keep you reading and speculating on the significance of events. Although set in 1275, when I first read in the prolog, "he bred his mortal whelps on her," I thought it was a strange expression. It later dawned on me - that is where the villains got their powers. Tidbits that later tie together are well presented and lure the reader into the mystery to unravel the quest.

Although Ariana and Braedon's story is brought to a satisfying conclusion in HEART OF THE HUNTER, the quest for the Dragon Chalice left unanswered questions that I anticipate will be built on in the rest of the series. I expect we will see more of the powerful and evil Silas de Mortaine and Draec le Nantres.

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Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted June 9, 2004

SUMMARY

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
Paperback
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