A very readable fantasy about witches. Apparently it is part of a series. Held my attention, even if the outcome was predictable.
Set in the early thirteenth century of North Wales. Bryanna of Penbrooke has always stood out from the rest. It is something she has always hated. No one ever believed Bryanna when she was little and mentioned the people and animals around that no one else could see. She has always been plagued by visions and voices. She has always been a sorceress, though she has been careful to keep it quiet. Now she is compelled by destiny to fulfill an age-old prophecy and to save an innocent life. So she begins traveling, alone, toward Tarth, in hopes of receiving some answers. At the same time she searches for four jewels for an enchanted dagger. Bryanna never expected to meet a stranger deep in the woods.
Hallyd killed a witch sixteen years ago, but not before the beautiful vixen cursed him. Hallyd must now keep to the darkness, never to enjoy the slightest bit of sunlight. He has waited so long for the witch's daughter, Bryanna, to come. She is the one chosen by the Fates. He will make her lift the curse and then enjoy the other sinister plans he has devised for her.
Gavyn of Agendor is hunted by his biological father, Lord Agendor, and his hired killers. Horribly wounded during his flight, Gavyn stumbles upon Bryanna's campfire. He is shocked to realize that Bryanna is the woman from his dreams; dreams he has had for years. If she will let him, Gavyn will protect Bryanna while teaching her amazing things. But Gavyn has no idea that Bryanna is also being hunted. Nor does he believe that one so lovely could possibly be a sorceress.
***** First Chapter was stellar, after that it was just so so. In the second chapter the Vilain altready plays with him self and gets off on the idea of torture and pain, and the rape of a pregnant woman in the past, and the prospect of raping her daughter. The describtion of the brutality he has inflicted and plans to inflict again is quite vivid, and his expectation of how fun it would be is horrifying. Unlike the previous books which were sweet, and nicely balanced, and though a romance books, they were quite enjoable, (The first in the series is on my keeper shelf) this book was so discusting, I couldnt get past 1/3.
I read this book but it wasn't one that I couldn't put down. Good read.
It was a good book but I had some difficulty getting through it. The villian was sort of one note. I wouldn't say he was diabolical, just sex-crazed. Then there was the prophecy that was mention over and over. After a while I kind of predicted the ending and was slightly disappointed.