I read this book for its fantasy and historical aspects. I rarely read romances, so I was unprepared for the sex scenes in this book. Once I got over my initial shock, I enjoyed the relationship between Ceri and Dain. All the characters were well developed, and they pulled me through this book faster than I expected.
SPECTACULAR! This is a wonderful saga of the Celts and the Fey Folk. Greed for the dragon caves started the war between the sorcerer Dain, the Fey Rhuddlan and the evil Caradoc. Friends once upon a time, the maid Ceridwen is wanted by all for different reasons. I enjoyed the coyness displayed between Ceridwen and Dain. They were interested in each other but wary of giving in to the temptation. The seduction of Ceridwen is magnificent and sexy as hell. The interplay between the horribly tortured ex-crusader (Dain) and the virgin (Ceridwen) is well done and rather entertaining.
If you enjoyed The Bridei Chronicles by Juliet Marillier, then you should really like this book. Kind of the same premiss - political infighting, mages at odds with each other, ill-fated star-crossed lovers, hardships and betrayals. In other words, good stuff!
I think you have to be a true lover of Fantasy for this book. I love historical romance, but this book took me 10 days to slug thru. Between the difficult to pronounce names and the very magical happenings, I just couldn't get into it.
Another reviewer mentioned Sex scenes.....I guess if you never read romance the scenes are noticable... but really were very calm for a romance genre. (2-3 paragraphs tops)
In a land of forbidding castles, sacred prophecies, and unholy betrayals, mystery surrounds the one woman who holds the key to an ancient legacy. She is Ceridwen, an orphan unaware of her immense power -- until fate leads her from a seculded abbey into the tower of a feared sorcerer.
"A love affair of erotic discovery and passion...brought to a gripping conclusion" --Kirkus Reviews