"Magnificent romantic fantasy"
Euan Rohe, a Caletanni barbarian almost brought the Empire
and the Emperor to its knees during the Great Dance.
Valeria, a rider of the wild stallions who are gods made
flesh, finished the Dance with her own and seven other
stallions and for a time war was averted. Valeria returns
to the mountain for more training while Euan escapes to his
homeland and allies himself with Gothard, the baseborn son
of the Emperor who wants to Unmake his father's empire.
War is coming and the Emperor, his warriors and his mages
are at the border waiting for the right time to strike out
at their enemy. Gothard has a stone that has the power to
Unmake, once he knows how to use it. Valeria and her lover
Kerrick, with their stallion gods travel to the
battleground to stop Gothard before he starts using the
stone's power to crush the Emperor's forces. Partners in
love and battle Kerrick and Valeria perform a Dance unlike
any dance the stallions performed, one that will determine
the fate of the Empire.
This is the second book in this magnificent romantic
fantasy series (See THE MOUNTAIN'S CALL) and it is full of
more action, romance and drama than its prequel. The love
Kerrick and Valeria feel for each other is tested by
secrets he keeps from his lover and the wounds that refuse
to heal, both magical and physical, inflicted on him by his
half-brother. The battle scenes are magnificent, the
characters are realistic and the storyline is pure magic;
readers will eagerly await the next book in this
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted August 13, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 24, 2007