"new Dorchester magical romance is a winner"
The Duchess of Stonehaven must face a test, and if she does
not triumph, she will forfeit the title to another, and so
on. The true Duchess must prove it by not failing, and she
must use magic to succeed. Felicity fears the testing
because the magic, while present in her, is never strong.
Part of it is her own insecurities, her lack of self-worth,
fearing people ignore her because there's nothing special
or worthy about her. Part of the test deals with thirteen
ancient relics conjured by the wizard Merlin.
Terence Blackwell is a shifter, he can also sense black
magic which uses the relics. His brother was killed by one
of the relics, and it's his life's vow to track them all
down. When Felicity enters the testing, the magic exuded
by the relic summons Blackwell. Frustrated that he cannot
find the ancient item, he knows Felicity is connected to it
somehow, and sets out to woo the relics, as it were. Only
it backfires on him costing him more than he ever
Kathryne Kennedy's new Dorchester release is a winner.
She demonstrates strong world building, a well-contracted
premise and engaging characters. Felicity and Terence
are "real", and quickly engage the reader to caring what
happens to them. Obviously, this is the first in the
series of Merlin Relic books, and I cannot wait for the
second book in the series.
Reviewed by: Deborah MacGillivray, author
Reviewed by Deborah Macgillivray
Posted December 27, 2007
In a world where magic ruled everything, Felicity Seymour couldn't perform even the simplest spell. If she didn't pass her testing, she'd lose her duchy-and any hope of marriage. But one man didn't seem to mind her lack of dowry: a darkly delicious baronet who had managed to scare away the rest of London's Society misses.
Sir Terence Blackwell knew the enchanting woman before him wasn't entirely without magic. Not only could she completely disarm him with her gorgeous lavender eyes and frank candor, but his were-lion senses could smell a dark power on her-the same kind of relic-magic that had killed his brother. Was she using it herself, or was it being used against her?
One needed a husband, and the other needed answers. But only together could they find the strongest magic of all: true love.