"Mages and mayhem - can it lead to love?"
Since childhood when they were brought as orphans to train
with wizard Madawc, Mages Eliana Daere [the Fiend] and
Damir ap Kora [the Demon] have competed against one
another. Skilled in herbs, Eliana believes she has finally
come up with a potion to best Damir, now the king's
advisor. By switching cups of the Wine of Truce, Damir
finds that Eliana's potion has wiped her memory instead of
his as planned. Feeling responsible as well as vengeful,
Damir takes her home telling her that he is her husband.
Damir soon discovers that his childhood nemesis is more
than he ever dreamed.
Even without her memory, Eliana is not a meek maiden but
urgent events cannot wait for her to remember her past. The
dark ki [spirit] of an ancient evil mage is being felt
throughout the Woodlands and the king and advisors believe
it is coming from the Norse. Eliana and Damir must travel
to the north and confront a rebel mage and the Norse
influenced by the dark ki.
Ms. Piel has again provided strong characters and
adventures that are a joy to read. STRANGE BREWS is a
romantic fantasy in a 'historical style' setting. The
elements of magic and amnesia stir the imagination in a
story where love must battle evil and all is not as it
seems. Although the story comes to a satisfying ending, I
hope that the sequel hinted in this book is to be published
as this is a world that I would like to visit again.
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted November 5, 2006
A DELICIOUS DRAUGHT...
Eliana Daere was the greatest herbalist alive. Trained by
the wizard Madawc, she could brew a potion to bring on a
gentle slumber, or a philter to drop a foe dead in his
tracks. Only one man existed whom she fearedone man
who constantly thwarted her will, one detestably handsome,
insolent and gifted sorcerer. It was his power that
protected the land of Amrodel. But Damir would never turn
down her offer of an alliance, and when he arrived at the
Mage's Glade and drank of the Wine of Truce, Eliana would
spring her trap.
He'd never trusted Eliana Daere. Her beauty had haunted him
since their school days, but she was headstrong and
impulsive and had reputedly aligned herself with the enemy.
That was why Damir found Eliana's offer hard to
swallowhe was well-prepared for treacheryand
why, when she fell into his hands, he felt no remorse about
teaching her a lesson. But he would not use force; he would
be gentle. He would craft a seduction so potent that, in
the end, she would have to admit to her own desires. It was
a strange brew that had brought them together, but
nonetheless the sweetest he had ever tasted.