"Romantic fantasy at its very best"
When Maura Woodbury started on her quest to find the
Waiting King she was destined to marry him as she was THE
DESTINED QUEEN. She is accompanied by outlaw Rath Talward.
They fall in love but it is not until the Sacred Glade that
Rath is revealed as the Waiting King, the reincarnation of
King Elzeban who is destined to return to help Umbria in
the darkest hour which is now as the cruel and oppressive
Hans rules with an iron fist.
A small bird carrying a message tells them to go the Vestan
Islands. When they arrive, the islanders, who fled Umbria
when the Hans invaded, give Rath an army to free his
countrymen. As the rightful king returns to the homeland
Maura must find the staff of Velarken which will grant Rath
one wish he must use wisely if he is to defeat the Hans
without turning into a tyrant like them.
THE DESTINED QUEEN is romantic fantasy at its very best.
The love between the two protagonists gives them the
strength against overwhelming odds to believe they can
defeat their enemies if they listen to their hearts as well
as to their heads. The common people rally around this
legendary king but more is needed to oust the enemy from
their homeland. Deborah Hale's romantic fantasy is a moving
and beautiful tale showcasing two characters who capture
the readers interest because they are flawed people trying
to do the right thing ever when they are not sure which
course that is.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted July 10, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 24, 2007