"A Fascinating Fantasy Novella"
Kael Zyhn of Heron's Deep had met his raynia, his soul
twin, Rowena when she had been just fourteen, far too young
for them to forge a bond. At twenty the sword mage had been
young himself, but their one kiss had induced his mage
trance prematurely. He had spent six years forging Ca'laez
the mage sword he was sure was meant for his beloved. It
had taken him three more years to recover from the process
and still his parents had urged him to wait to claim his
bride. The life of an Aleanian sword sworn was perilous,
should they bond before Rowena had taken her vows as a
priestess her death would mean his own. Still he could no
longer bear to be away from her and had taken to sneaking
into the temple and watching her while she slept.
Eavesdropping on her erotic dreams had stirred his desire
like never before.
Rowena has been given a mission, to rescue a Valen oracle
from the hands of an evil warlord. The odds are stacked
against her. The last thing she needs is a distraction,
especially when that distraction is her raynei. She had
never forgiven him for entering her life and then leaving
her with just a kiss to remember him by.
No sooner has she set out when she becomes involved in a
minor skirmish. Kael, unable to bear the thought of his
beloved being in danger, appears to neutralize the threat.
A dozen years had come and gone with no further contact
from him and though their meeting had spoiled her for any
other, Rowena vowed she would never forgive him for his
long absence. Nor would she forgive him for depriving her
of the thrill of this victory. She does not need him now.
Kael refuses to leave her side, and the passion growing
between them is undeniable but because of his family's
taboo, he cannot explain his absence until Ca'laez seeks
its rightful owner. Although he had been certain the sword
had been forged for Rowena, he now has doubts having
learned that Rowena's mother holds Ba'nari. No two mage
swords had ever claimed members of the same family.
A greater battle must now be fought. The odds are not in
their favor. Will Rowena rescue the oracle from Dorjan's
clutches? Will Ca'laez claim its rightful owner? Will
Rowena come to forgive Kael and give in to their undeniable
HERON'S CALL is a suspenseful fantasy novella set in a
world that deserves to be explored in more depth. This
story will also be included in the upcoming anthology, IN
GLOAMING. I'd love to see this story expanded. I do hope
Kelly will revisit this world again soon.
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted April 19, 2007