Keriam, Princess of Avador, has a peculiar gift, or curse
as some would call it. Keriam has magic abilities. Just by
touching someone, she can tell what they're thinking and
feeling. And that's not all, sometimes when she dreams,
her spirit will leave her body and travel around. This is
not always a good thing. On this particular night,
Keriam "spirit walks" and finds Roric Gamal, a trusted
officer of her father's, meeting with some others.
Unfortunately, they are discussing assassinating her
father. Once he's dead, Balor is planning on becoming king
and ruling Avador. Not to mention, Balor also has plans on
conquering the entire nation! What can Keriam do? She
can't admit to her father about her dreams. The penalty
for witchcraft in Avador is burning at the stake and
Keriam knows her father won't be able to save her from
that fate. When Keriam brings up her concerns, her father
demands proof. So Keriam decides to "accidentally" run
into Roric, a man she finds very easy on the eyes.
Roric Gamal, messenger of the king, has heard about the
plot to kill the king. Deciding to infiltrate the traitors
in the hope of gaining some proof, he meets with them and
becomes a part of the plot. Roric has worked hard to gain
his trusted position with the king. Having common roots,
it's quite an achievement for him. However, Roric has
known pain and is against witchcraft. After all,
witchcraft killed his wife and son. So when Keriam manages
to meet him in the streets of the capital, he instantly
becomes suspicious. Not to mention the fact he finds
Keriam very appealing.
Eventually, the Keriam and Roric get together and try to
decide how to save the king and keep Balor from taking
over the kingdom. Foolishly, the king demands proof before
he will do anything against Balor.
Will Keriam and Roric be able to save the king and the
kingdom? What of their attraction for each other? With
Roric being of common blood and Keriam a princess, is
there even any possibility of a future for the two of
NIGHT SECRETS is a wonderful fantasy filled with magic,
human kindness and evil. S.A. Martin skillfully unfolds
the plot against the king in this tale of good versus
evil. We even have the added bonus of a different species
in this story. I have to admit, I loved the character
Radegunda, the good "witch". This story has a bit of
everything, from fairies and ravens that communicate with
Keriam, to an evil witch that shapeshifts into a jackal.
This story takes us from high living to low, from
happiness to despair and in a very convincing way. If you
enjoy good versus evil fantasy, this one must be on your
to be read list!
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted January 12, 2007
Evil and betrayal threaten the kingdom of Avador. Keriam, a princess with supernatural powers, must save her father from assassination. But can she trust Roric Gamal, or is he part of the conspiracy?
Roric loved once and lost. He wants to put his past behind him, to love Princess Keriam. But he fears she is a witch, and witchcraft is forbidden in the kingdom. If found guilty, she would be burned at the stake, and not even her father could save her.
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