"An enthralling romantic fantasy"
For killing his owner, he is to be executed in the human
and the hounds playful manner of the elite. Thus the
hounds and their aristocratic owners pursue the condemned
slave. Valerik's flight for life seems futile until he
meets Madryn, who rescues him from certain death. However,
though he has little choice, Valerik wonders who the
mysterious woman is and if he has entered the fire after
escaping the frying pan?
Thugs attack them and they are fortunate to survive. Other
adventures follows as dueling sorcerers plot their fate.
While Valerik ponders deserting his hostess, Madryn
distrusts him though she intellectually knows she needs him
to succeed on her quest. Though attracted, they fight to
thwart the feelings that bind them together, but love
blossoms anyway. With Garet the thief tolerated as an
unwanted appendage, Madryn and Valerik continue on her
mission, which looks more hopeless than a relationship
between an aristocrat and a slave, if that is even their
ESCAPE THE PAST is an enthralling romantic fantasy starring
an engaging heroic pair and an insightful, irritating (to
the lead couple but not the reader) young thief (mindful of
Broderick in Ladyhawke). The story line is fast-paced but
similar to other sub-genre novels as side adventures test
the mettle of the hero and heroine during their epic
journey. K.G. McAbee provides fans with a fun fantasy
filled with delightful protagonists struggling to endure on
a vividly described world of magic.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 29, 2002