"Wonderful dark story!"
Berkeley Professor of Mathematics Fay Rae Lambers has not
had an easy life. Struck with arthritis at an early age,
every day is painful for her, which is exactly why she's
so happy to be in Egypt. The heat and lack of humidity are
helping with the pain. While running to catch the tour bus
in the middle of a sand storm, Rae trips on something.
Needless to say, she takes the time to dig it out and
finds a very old box. Later, while her beautiful model
sister, Angie, is taking a shower in their room, Rae opens
the box and finds some parchment. On their way to dinner,
Rae finds a shop keeper to translate the parchment. He
immediately tells the sisters to get rid of the deck of
Tarot Cards. It turns out these are the "Forbidden Tarot",
cursed. After dinner, Angie decides to open the deck.
After all, it must all be superstition, no one really
believes in curses. So she pulls out a card with Typhoon
on it and forces Rae to look at it.
After leaving her sister on the east coast, Rae meets
Simeon, a very handsome man, on the plane trip to the west
coast. The two of them start chatting and Rae is
definitely interested in him, however, she knows nothing
will ever come of it. Imagine her surprise when she goes
to her office at the university and finds the man has sent
her flowers and arranges for a date. Rae is also in shock
when she discovers a man she maintained correspondence
with has died and left half his house to her. Naturally,
his son receives the other half and the two of them begin
living in the house together. When they were children,
Michael and Rae were the best of friends. In high school,
their friendship ended and the two of them went their
separate ways. Angie finally decides to leave her abusive
boyfriend and she ends up living in the house with them as
Meanwhile, Rae has her suspicions regarding her mentor's
death and decides to do a little digging on her own. Not
to mention how her sister is beginning to sleep walk again
and always ends up trying to dig something up from the
backyard. Then there's also Michael's hatred of Simeon.
Exactly what is going on in this house? What of the hatred
between Simeon and Michael? What of Rae's attraction to
both men? Was Michael's father murdered?
THE DARK LORD is a totally engrossing read! Patricia
Simpson has done a wonderful job of leading us on with
this dark story. From the beautiful model Angie who flirts
with every man she sees and isn't even aware of doing it,
to the sick Rae, the constant pain she lives with having
taken away her beauty. We also have Michael, angry at the
world and his father in particular, Simeon, dark, handsome
and rich. We also throw into the mix the money grabbing,
soon to be ex-wife of Michael, and we definitely have a
cast of characters. All flawed in their own way. As
strange things begin happening to all these characters,
the hunt begins to discover exactly what is going on and
how the "Forbidden Tarot Cards" fit into the whole mess.
This story held me on the edge of my seat and I didn't
want to put it down until I discovered the mystery for
myself. A wonderful story I highly recommend reading.
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted January 12, 2007
Fay Rae Lambers is caught between a dark secret and a demon. . . .
Fay Rae has spent her life protecting her sister Angie from a family secret. When she inherits a house from her mentor, Thomas Gregory, she discovers he may have been murdered, and that the souvenir deck of cards from her Egyptian vacation may be the Forbidden Tarot, able to call forth a demon.
Then two men come into her life. Dangerously appealing Simeon awakens her long dormant sensuality, while Thomas' son Michael, a brooding, wounded man, rekindles the torch she carried for him as a girl. Soon, Rae and her sister find themselves in danger, and Rae must face her darkest fear. But this time she refuses to be a helpless victim in the grip of a "giant beast". . .
The Dark Lord of the tarot has arrived. Rae must figure out who he is and how she can stop him before she loses her heart, her sister, and her life.