I really liked this book.
A typical Norman/Saxon start to the story. The Norman's overcome the Saxon's in battle and immediately show their dominance by terrorizing and killing the villagers. They are brutal with no regard to age (they kill the youngest to the oldest) or religious buildings (the abbey is completely trashed). Rorke FitzWarren is a brutal warrior and even have the nerve to capture a healer (Vivian) and threaten her people if she doesn't heal the new king of England. Of course, she falls madly in love with him and vice versa. What is it with these medieval women who fall victim to their conquerors? I guess survival makes you don't strange things. Rorke has a bad childhood and cannot love anyone...until he finds Vivian. And Vivian is basically cloistered at the Abbey and is virgin and knows no better. Even with all the cliches, it was a great book. I especially liked the link to Merlin, Vivian is his daughter you know and 500 years old. Gotta love it.
Haunted by dreams of a great battle and one man who will change her life, Vivienne realizes that her dreams are prophetic when Rorke Fitzwarren, loyal to William the Conqueror, arrives at Vivienne's peaceful abbey.
Needing a healer for his overlord, Rorke captures Vivienne to nurse William. Although she heals William and is revered by his peers, Rorke cannot trust the unusual Saxon maid.
On a quest for a legendary sword, Rorke will travel through England and into the Mists. Only with Vivienne's help can he battle the forces of darkness. Although a curse prevents her from ever knowing love, Rorke is willing to risk all in order to win Vivienne.
She is Vivian of Amesbury, the daughter of the great Merlin and possessed of the gift of second sight. Most of all, she is haunted by an ancient curse that prevents her from ever knowing love. Then, in a vision, she sees a Norman knight riding across a battlefield. He is Rorke FitzWarren ahd has come to Amesbury to find the celebrated healer whose powers could save his wounded Soverign, William of Normandy. Together they must fight the force of darkness in a search for a legendary sword.
Do not miss this one!!!
They are the daughters of destiny ... born of a kingdom forged in fire and blood, bound by a legacy of magic and love shrouded in the swirling mists of legend ...
The magic of the ages flows through her blood. She is Vivian of Amesbury, secret daughter of the great sorcerer Merlin. Possessed of the gift of second sight, she is haunted by an ancient curse that prevents her from ever knowing love. Then, in a vision, she sees a magnificent Norman knigh riding across a battle scarred England. And she trembles in fear and desire. Rorke Fitz Warren has come to Amesbury to find the celebrated healer whose powers could save his wounded soverign, William, Duke of Normandy. Although fate has made Rorke and Vivian enemies, from the moment they meet, an unquenchable passion flames to life. On a quest that takes him to a hidden world beyond the mists, Rorke will begin a search for a legendary sword and battle the forces of darkness to claim Vivian for his own.