"Fascinating action packed romantic fantasy"
The evil race of demon Fomorians kidnapped and raped the
women of Partholon taking them into the Wastelands to bear
their offspring. The Goddess Epona united the people of
Partholon to defeat the demons and a century later touched
Ephame who took as her mate a hybrid Falorian and drank his
blood and took the madness that existed in the hybrids into
her self. Now the descendants of the children of rape can
go home to Partholon.
Cu, whose lover was killed by one of the hybrids, goes to
the wastelands to check out the New Fomarians to see if
they are as good and gentle as his sister's lifemate says
they are. Brighid, the female centaur goes after Cu and
finds the seventy children and handful of adults pure of
heart. When they return home, Brighid's sister comes to the
keep to tell her that the centaurs are going to war because
their High Shaman, Brighid's mother was killed by humans.
Brighid, who was running away from her legacy, knows she
must drink from the chalice of Epona and become her High
Shaman, and fight her brother and his allies before the
land is bathed in the blood of battle.
Although Brighid is a centaur and Cu is human, they love
each other and mate for life. Their marriage can only be
consummated if Brighid drinks from the Chalice because then
she will be able to shapeshift into human form. P. C. Cast
has written a fascinating action packed romantic fantasy
where true love can conquer all. Both hero and heroine go
through many hardships and it is only through their love
they feel they can overcome all their hardships. This is a
special work that will appeal to a variety of readers.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted November 15, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 30, 2006