"Fabulous romantic fantasy"
In 1818 England, Niclas Seymour has the ability to "read"
the emotions of people, but had not understood the need to
consider human feelings until three years ago when he
learned the hard way. He found out that the wife of his
best friend Drew was cheating. Feeling it his
responsibility he informs Drew, who committed suicide. His
magic led to blood spilling, which places the user under a
curse to atone for his mistake by performing a life risking
deed for a blood relationship of Drew.
A despairingf Niclas no longer sleeps properly as the guilt
fills his mind. He roams the night stopping muggers, but
also knows that he is losing his mind with living being
more painful than death. The family patriarch, Europe's
most powerful wizard Malchi Seymour, warns Niclas that his
sanity is slipping, but asks a favor. Drew's distant cousin
Miss Julia Linley needs help to rescue her aunt from a
forced marriage she does not want. Though not a curse-
freeing level deed, Niclas escorts Julia on a dangerous
trek through faery land where evil lurks under every rock.
To his shock her voice, touch and sight eases his
depression. However, he fears her reaction when she learns
what he did to her relative.
This fabulous romantic fantasy will grip the audience from
the beginning as readers meet a tormented Niclas struggling
with guilt and slipping into insanity as he cannot cope
with what he caused. The story line enables the audience to
believe in wizardry and sorcery, but even more so in the
healing magic of love. Susan Spencer Paul writes a robust
tale in which the worst demons are inside a person's soul.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted June 21, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 20, 2007