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Alanna of Rune, Princess of the Fae, is running out of time. Not only is her magic quickly fading, but her precious son Caradoc has disappeared at the hand of the evil Gorsedd, and she knows not where he is. When Wynne, Rune's Oracle and last remaining Faerie with full use of her magic, advises Alanna to ask Lord Darrick Tadhg of Thorncliff for help, she is stunned and more than a little confused. How could Darrick, a mere mortal, help her battle the forces of great evil that are behind the kidnapping of her son? And why would he, her former betrothed, be willing to help her anyway, after she publicly humiliated him by disappearing before their nuptials?

Darrick is facing the greatest battle of his life, and it is at the hands of his own uncle Morfran. Morfran is hell-bent on destroying Darrick and all of Thorncliff Keep as well, and Darrick can't figure out why. Even his mother Rowena has taken up residence with Morfran. The past five years have been devastating for Darrick. They have been filled with tragedy and heartache, leaving the once confident and vibrant warrior a mere shadow of his former self. Since his brother Varden's murder, Darrick has to struggle not to feel like the last man standing in the face of insurmountable odds. If it were not for Geoffrey, his childhood friend and loyal right hand man, he would be utterly alone. One day during battle, Darrick notes the arrival of a woman whose cloaked figure exudes an air of mystery. She seems to appear out of thin air and Darrick is certain that she is the enemy, a trick from Morfran. But once she reveals her face, Darrick is astounded to be confronted once again with the beguiling and ethereal beauty of Princess Alanna of Rune.

When Alanna looks into Darrick's eyes, the past five years seem to fall away, but the hatred and disdain that now fill Darrick's gaze quickly bring Alanna back to the present, and the reason for her visit. To ask for Darrick's help she must tell him about Caradoc, the beloved son who could have been his had not Morfran viciously raped her just before their wedding. Finally Darrick would know the reason why she and he could never wed!

When Darrick learns of the great atrocities his uncle has committed, not only against Alanna, but against his mother Rowena as well, he vows to kill him in spirit and in deed. It soon becomes obvious that Morfran and Gorsedd have united forces to defy an ancient prophecy that would restore magic and power back to the Fae. Once Darrick agrees to help Alanna, she and her beautiful cousin Sarina join his army, where they discover that survival and passion go hand in hand.

SOUL MAGIC is a passionate tale of hope and despair, and of love's rebirth in the midst of devastation. As good battles evil, the reader is taken on a magical ride that simultaneously thrills and terrifies.

SOUL MAGIC contains a double treat because it offers two heroines and heroes for the reader to meet, get to know, identify with, and love. Although Darrick and Alanna have top billing, Geoffrey and Sarina share an equally sweet and sizzling chemistry that every reader is bound to appreciate.

Darrick and Alanna face many obstacles as well, not least of which is the fact that Alanna cannot bear the thought of any man touching her again after Morfran's attack. So Darrick is now in the position of having to conquer several battles -- the most difficult of them are personal. As he has vowed, he must bring Caradoc back safely; he must win back Alanna's love and trust, and he must conquer the battle in his heart and accept Caradoc, even though his greatest enemy could be the child's father. Through it all, you can definitely feel the love between Alanna and Darrick as they share a special bond that is tempered by the heat of their passion.

For a love-filled, magical journey to times past, I recommend SOUL MAGIC.

Elisabeth Anders
Romance Reviews Today

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