A fun fantasy romance & a special treat for animal lovers, April 29, 2000
Reviewer: L. Shallah (NH USA) - See all my reviews
I really loved this one about a sorcerer condemned to life on a deserted isle with only dragons for company because of a tragic secret and the lady warrior who needs him to break his 15 year isolation and help her rescue her partner from the hands of his evil twin brother. From the moment Alena lands on Cadvallan Island she realizes there is more going on there than she was led to believe. She also finds herself unwillingly "bonded" to a clumsy baby dragon she names Paddy whom follows her everywhere.
Since Galen's self-imposed exile he has refused to use his "evil" magical powers, fearing they will consume him. He is content living his life feeding and caring for the sickly dragons. Galen's life changes dramatically when Alena crashes through the magical barriers and enters Cadvallan Island and does everything within her power to convince him to help her.
This book has a great heroine who does the seducing and a sweet, tortured hero who I really loved. The clash of the hero & heroine's opposite personalities (she's a warrior, he's a pacifist) adds a ton of heat to the story. Paddy, the dragon, is a scene stealer and made me smile whenever he appeared. He kind of reminded of my lovable, eager to please but very clumsy puppy (the author says Paddy is based on her son's English Cocker Spaniel). I only wish he had more scenes!
Magic and Dragons and a story that's not too predictable, made this a funner read than what I have been reading.