"Terrific romantic fantasy"
In 1215 in the Kingdom of Lochalyn, Thorgir murders his
brother the king, kills his nephews except the youngest
prince Rhys, and when his sister in law Queen Caitrin
refuses to cooperate, he slays her too; none are buried
properly. He completes his dastardly coup by having a
surgeon insure that Rhys would never have whelps and he
would qualify as a singer with the Virgins of the Goddess.
In 1229 Rhys knows he cannot fight for the throne since he
cannot produce heirs. Instead he makes a living as a
singer; his current patron Baron Eadmund gives him as a
courting gift to seventeen years old Princess Melisande.
Normally avoiding anything that stirs the testicles, Rhys
the eunuch finds he wants Melisande as his. However, he
knows that cannot be, but will die to keep her safe. He
will soon test his fortitude when the Baron is killed,
Melisande's hounds murdered and her father bewitched by the
wizard who enabled Rhys' uncle to kill his family so easily.
THE SINGER'S CROWN is a terrific romantic fantasy starring
a wonderful hero, a fabulous princess, and a dastardly
killing villain. The story line is action-packed, but
character driven from the moment that Caitrin tries to save
her only living child from his uncle and never slows down
as he must choose between his beloved song and the dreaded
consequences of love. Though readers will wonder why
Thorgir allowed Rhys to live though removing a future
threat, fans will take immense pleasure in this powerful
tale of betrayal and love in a realm in which wizardry
seems so real that the audience is beguiled.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted September 15, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 24, 2007
When his uncle murders his family to take over the kingdom, Prince Kattanan duRhys is the only one of royal blood left alive...at a terrible cost. Mutilated, he can neither longer claim his throne, nor sire heirs to reign against the tyrannous new ruler. Trained as a harmless singer, Kattanan falls into an impossible, secret love with the Princess Melisande. But her jealous fiance has his own nefarious plans, including a dark conspiracy with Kattanan's traitor...and a sinister magic that could destroy the kingdom. Banished, betrayed, rescued and revealed, Kattanan becomes the focal point of his grandmother's obsessive plot to depose his uncle. But can he gain the throne? And at what price? With the help of a disgraced prince, a female wizard, a powerful magic-breaker, a fiancÚ he doesn't want, and the man in love with her, Kattanan finds an unorthodox way to reclaim his kingdom and win the heart of his love. Well- realized characters, lush storytelling, and riveting intrigue make THE SINGER'S CROWN a remarkable debut from an author with a strong new voice.