"Fast Rising New Talent Showcases Originality"
After reading reviews posted on the internet, it was with
great anticipation that I picked my second novel, by new
author Dawn Thompson. Geared up and looking forward to new
sensual world featuring my two favorite genres --
historical with a dash of paranormal to spice it up - I
found this to be exactly what you get with THE WATERLORD.
Lady Rebecca Gildersleeve is a determined young woman who
can't believe that her father has promised her to a
despicable gambling cohort of his in order to wipe out a
gambling debt. To avoid that prospect she has fled her home
only to have her escape quashed when her carriage overturns
trapping Becca and her maid. A wickedly handsome male,
Count Klaus Lindegren, an exile from Sweden, rescues her.
He has an 'otherworldly' air about him, and Becca has this
unfathomable attraction and yet -- she's not quite
Klaus offers Becca sanctuary while her maid recovers. In
spite of her attraction to the Count, she reluctantly
agrees though she feels something is not quite right in his
household. Klaus is definitely not all as he appears to be
and neither are his servants. Coupled with tales, told by
Klaus, of Norse legend regarding the Fossegrim, strange
sightings, and even stranger dreams, Becca is no longer
sure these are fact or fiction. Eavesdropping on a
conversation she realizes that the myths are true, and
though she longs to experience the passion Klaus' arms and
kisses promised -- she flees only to be caught by her
odious father. With time running out, Klaus must make a
life- altering decision with regard to the woman he now
realizes is his soul mate.
*** This was everything and more other reviewers have
stated with regard to originality, creativity and research.
Thompson has a wonderful gift of drawing the reader into
the scene by setting tone and mood, along with a strong
sensual writing style which I find very palatable. The
beginning took me some time to get fully immersed in until
eventually it snowballed into an immensely exciting read.
Klaus, was an amazingly sexy hero who after conquering his
fey 'innate needs' controlled them admirably once he
realized his 'true' feelings for Becca. With Thompson's
high creativity aptly displayed in both THE RAVENCLIFF
BRIDE and THE WATERLORD she showcases her mastery over two
of my favorite genres. Thompson is firmly in place on both
my 'author tracker' and 'auto-buy' lists.
Reviewed by Marilyn Rondeau
Posted January 6, 2007