"Once again, Charlotte Boyett-Compo proves she rules with dark fantasy!"
After defeating Jaleel Jaborn, with the help of the women of
the Multitude residing in Abbadon, Conar is both physically
and mentally exhausted. He has already decided the only way
he can ensure Catherine's safety is to return her to her
home. And to make sure he doesn't lose any one else he
loves, his brothers and the Wind Force must return home as
well. Eventually, Conar manages to convince the Wind Force
to leave, though they agree rather reluctantly. Now Conar
only has Catherine to worry about so they all leave to the
Outer Kingdom. Conar is hit with a killer migraine and the
healer, Rupine, can do nothing to help. At this point,
Catherine makes the decision to take a side trip to visit a
healer she has heard of. Maybe this woman will be able to
When they stop in Odess to stock up on supplies, Catherine
receives a note from the healer and they go to her keep
that's a bit out of the city. The healer turns out to be
none other than Liza's mother and she has a son by Conar.
She is a sorceress of unimaginable beauty and she
immediately captivates Sajin.
This is no headache Conar is suffering from, rather it's a
reaction to all the tenerse Conar has been fed over the
years. She does what she can to help Conar and informs him
that he isn't cured, that eventually the tenerse will hit
Conar's nerves and eyes and he will end up blind and
paralyzed. Once Conar is up and around, Catherine arranges
for those fallen in Abbadon to be buried. This is Conar's
first exposure to Catherine's religion and he finds himself
intrigued by it.
Conar leaves the keep to go back to Rysalia leaving
Catherine there. She gives birth to their daughter that
night. Once he is back in Rysalia, Conar becomes busy with
Samiel again. Rachel, a mirror image of Conar's beloved
Liza, still wants him. In order to make sure Catherine
cannot claim she is still married to Conar, Rachel informs
him of Rysalian divorce practices. Even though he knows it's
a mistake, Conar divorces Catherine and marries Rachel,
although he doesn't love her. Conar has already told Sajin
what he plans to do when he becomes too weak to continue
leading the Samiel. The man will simply take off and go to a
monastery and make sure no one can find him.
Will Catherine sit back and allow Conar to divorce her? Or
will she come up with a plan to make sure that can't happen,
regardless of how many women Conar may collect in Rysalia?
Will Rachel become pregnant with Conar's child? What will
happen when Conar grows weaker? Will he disappear without a
trace and will any one come to Rysalia looking for him?
WINDRETRIEVER WIND LEGENDS SAGA: BOOK 9 once again gives us
a look into the soul of a tortured man. Charlotte
Boyett-Compo has a real ability to make us experience what
her tortured heroes do and this book is no exception as
Conar is forced to accept the fact he will eventually become
paralyzed and blind because of one woman's hatred. The evil
one man, or woman, can do to another never ceases to amaze
me and how resilient one man can be against all odds is
something Charlotte Boyett-Compo shows us with a unique
flair all her own. This is one of those series that once you
start, you just can't stop reading to find out how it all
ends. I just wait for the next one in this series. Read this
series, you'll be glad you did.
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted October 31, 2007