In 1172, Malinda Brinlow becomes a favorite of Queen
Eleanor of Aquitane. However, the impish Malinda, who has
faery ancestry, foolishly turns herself invisible to spy on
her Majesty. Knowing the trouble Malinda can get into
especially with the Queen suspecting she is a witch, her
parents send her home accompanied by mercenary Tarquin
FitzBruel as her protector.
Tarquin and Malinda have had visions of each other and
quickly fall in love. However, though she is a sorceress,
he believes what his mother has told him since birth that
he is a demon that no human or partial mortal could love.
Tarquin has lived up to his mother's expectations, as
violence is his sole companion. As war threatens to engulf
them, his beloved must persuade Tarquin that his mother was
the demon for her unkindness towards him because Malinda
believes that she can only love someone with a pure soul.
THIS DANGEROUS MAGIC, the sequel to the delightful A
FALCON'S HEART, continues the medieval sorceress tales with
the story of the daughter of the debut novel's lead couple,
who appear in this book too. The plot uses fantasy
elements to add depth and intrigue to the twelfth century
romance. Malinda behaves more like a modern day teen, as
she is unable to heed the obvious advice of her mother
until she meets her beloved. Tarquin is an interesting
soul who is a classic example of the Pygmalion Effect
having attained the level of humanity that his mother
barraged into his head. Fans of medieval fantasy romance
will enjoy Jayel Wylie's enchanting novel.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 22, 2002
From Jayel Wylie, one of romantic fiction's most brilliant new stars, comes a breathtaking tale that seamlessly blends passion, magic, and the enchantment of true love.
After twelve years Tarquin FitzBruel, the most fearsome warrior in all of England, returns to Brinlaw Castle to keep a promise to his half-sister, Nan. Yet he vows to leave quickly before the demon that lurks within him can destroy the only people he truly loves, including the willful Malinda -- the spoiled beauty who haunts his dreams.
Malinda Brinlaw does not take well to being denied something she wants. After all, she is a sorceress. So when she meets Tarquin FitzBruel, she ignores her family's warnings and uses her faerie magic to cast a love spell on the unsuspecting warrior. Their clash of wills turns into a white-hot passion so intense that a connection is forged between them forever. But the darkness that plagues Tarquin's soul threatens to tear the destined lovers apart...unless the tortured warrior can make the fearful choice that will save them.