Predictable and strangely detached story. You never really feel connected to the characters. I've been entertained by Krinard's supernatural work before, but this one wasn't worth the time. Her werewolf novels are a bit better. She doesn't do as well trying to tackle the world of the fey.
In an intriguing departure from her popular werewolf romances (Secret of the Wolf), Krinard takes readers to a realm where the Faerie and mortal worlds intersect and spins a darkly magical story of love, betrayal, and redemption. Based on ancient Celtic lore and set in the remote, forbidding forests of northern England, this well-written tale takes a powerful guardian spirit of the forest determined to save his race and a young woman whose innocence has unknowingly been bargained away by her father and gives them a dilemma that only love-and a little bit of magic-can resolve. A cast of exceptionally well-done secondary characters (most notably a villainous aunt and a wise, enchanting child), the excellent use of language, and an intricate, nicely unfolding plot add depth. Although the novel falls firmly within the fantasy romance subgenre, its compelling characters and the universal nature of their underlying conflicts should guarantee an across-the-board appeal to general fantasy fans and other readers. Krinard is a best-selling, highly regarded writer who is deservedly carving out a niche in the romance arena. She lives in Concord, CA.
The prequel to Lord of the Beasts, another excellent book from Susan Krinard.
Another marvelous contribution by Susan Krinard. Thoroughly enjoyable!
Not really my cup of tea. The hero was a bit to austere, and the premise was a little strange.