"Something different, a paranormal medieval romance!"
In this second book of the DRAGON CHALICE SERIES, we pick
up our story with Sir Kenrick of Clairmont. Now physically
recovered from his stay as a "guest" in the dungeons of
Silas de Mortaine, he is once again undertaking his quest
of finding the Dragon Chalice of Anavrin. In an attempt to
retrieve an important clue from his best friend, Kenrick
discovers de Mortaine beat him to his friend's lands and
has slain the entire family. The man, his wife and son are
all dead and buried, all Kenrick can find is a broken
necklace once worn by the woman. The seal is already gone
from its hiding place in the graveyard. When Kenrick
decides to explore the keep in the hopes of finding
something, anything, he sees a woman running. Since she
might know something of what has occurred, Kenrick runs to
her and finds her collapsed and wounded. Deciding the best
thing to do is get her to his home to treat her, he takes
the woman to Clairmont.
When Haven awakens in a richly appointed chamber and a soft
bed, she can remember nothing but bits and pieces of the
attack. She can remember flames and a man choking her and
stabbing her, but that's about it. Not even remembering her
name until Kenrick mentions it, Haven has a sense of
danger. Naturally, Kenrick begins interrogating her about
the events of his friend's demise. The fact he is the most
handsome man Haven has ever seen doesn't help matters any.
The fever must have wiped her memory! As Haven heals, she
begins to care about the people at Clairmont. She also
begins to remember small glimpses of the attack.
Will Haven ever regain her memory? What of the attraction
between Haven and Kenrick? Will Kenrick ever discover the
details surrounding the death of his friend and what
happened to the clue to the chalice?
HEART OF THE FLAME, Book 2 in the DRAGON CHALICE SERIES is
a thrilling medieval paranormal story! Tina St. John has
done a wonderful job of blending these two genres together.
Of course, since most of this story takes place in
Clairmont, we have the added bonus of following Braedon and
Ariana. In this second book of the series, we another
strong, wounded hero. We also have an equally strong
wounded heroine in Haven. Of course, Kenrick cannot fail in
his mission to keep the Dragon Chalice out of de Mortaine's
hands. Knowing the chalice contains unimaginable power,
Kenrick has vowed to destroy it rather than let de Mortaine
have it. I became caught up in this story from the very
first page, right up until the surprising conclusion. This
is a thrilling story and I can't wait to see where the next
installment of the series will lead!
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted May 29, 2005
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted November 16, 2006
An enchanting tale of dark magic and dazzling passion . . .
Six months in an enemy's dungeon might have broken a weaker man, but former Templar knight Kenrick of Clairmont has emerged from imprisonment with an unyielding determination, and consumed by a single daunting quest: to find the Dragon Chalice, a mystical treasure said to grant its bearer unlimited power. It is a dangerous chase, one that pits Kenrick against foes skilled in dark, deadly arts. But no obstacle will prove more treacherous--nor more seductively lethal--than the fiery beauty called Haven.
Caught up in the battle for the Chalice, Haven survives a night of terror that leaves her wounded and near death. Her memory scorched by fever, Haven awakens to find herself in the care of the forbidding, handsome Kenrick, who offers his protection in return for her alliance. A tenuous trust is formed between them, which soon ignites into a fierce passion neither can deny. But Haven's past is beginning to surface, and her secrets will threaten the fragile bond that she and Kenrick share--and embroil them in a fight for their very lives . . . .