"brilliant second book from a rising star"
I knew several people who have read The Waterlord and raved
it was brilliant, even better than The Ravencliff Bride.
Even though I know these are astute reviewers and I trust
their judgement, I had to admit I needed to see for myself
because I loved the beauty of "Bride". Thompson has the
skill to evoke many of the beloved historical romances from
the past two decades, yet brings them into contemporary
style with wit, originality and imagination. I have to
admit "Bride" was an amazing debut. With The Waterlord,
Thompson's style has evolved into a writer making her mark,
that she is here to stay and a talent to watch. And yes,
it's even better than "Bride". This leaves the readers so
eager for her next book, and the next, her name alone will
see me buy her again and again.
Thompson has a natural voice for the period. Even more so,
she has a "British" voice. I don't know how many times I
read American writers, very talented writers doing British
settings. No matter how well researched and how much I
truly enjoy their stories, I can tell they are not British.
For readers not understanding the difference, I suggest you
read Lavender Blue by the wonderful English writer, Sandra
Heath. Then pick any American historical writer. Wow, you
will see. I see the same with the amazing Sue-Ellen
Welfonder -- cut her and she bleeds Scot. There are only a
hand full of writers I read that I do not spot instantly
which side of the pond she hails from. Thompson does this.
She sounds British. That is a very rare talent, not just to
know your subject from research, but to THINK Brit, to make
you readers KNOW Brit.
Thompson, once against sprinkles her tale with a wee dram
of paranormal. She gives you a sensual tale that draws the
reader in immediately. Lady Rebecca is fleeing from her
fate. Her despicable father has actually wagered her in
gambling -- and lost! She is doing what any sensible lass
would doŻgetting the hell out of Dodge...hum... Cornwall.
Only, the coach takes a tumble and she lands in the arms of
Ah, Klaus...one of the most sensual heroes to come a long
in ages!! However, our sexy dude is not mortal, but fey. By
ancient ways, he must mate with a mortal woman, but soon he
is driven by more than age-old mating instincts -- he loves
Becca. Yet, like the Selkies of Scotland, they cannot stay
To say any more, would spoil this brilliantly conceived
book, that sets Thompson above the pack. "Some loves you
can drown in."...that is on the cover. They hit target on
this. You drown in the sensuality of the vivid tale that
lives long after you put it down. One of the best books you
shall read for 2006.
Thompson is a rising star for the wonderful stable of
Reviewed by DeborahAnne MacGillivray
Posted March 12, 2006
Reviewed by Deborah Macgillivray
Posted November 23, 2006
Some loves you can drown in....
**2006 PEARL NOMINEE - BEST FANTASY/MAGICAL ROMANCE
Lady Rebecca's life changed forever in the blink of an eye. One moment she was fleeing her father across a storm- swept Bodmin Moor, in the next, her carriage overturned on a steep gorge. But she did not die. Somehow, she was pulled clear. There was an eerie luminosity about her savior, a fluid silver aura like the lightning filling the night sky. And while his voice was deep, mellow comforting, like the music of the waterfall he haunted, it, too, held a hint of the Otherworldly. Who was this strange savior, this displaced foreign nobleman? Everything about the Count was an enigma. Becca had heard myths of the Fossegrim: creatures that traveled between the astral and the physical planes through waterfalls, driven to find ecstasy with human women then vanish forever. From their world, humans never returned. This man, Becca was willing to follow.