Duainfey (Duainfey Series #1)

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"Rebecca Beauvelley is a ruined woman. In a moment of girlish folly, she allowed a high-flying young man to take her up in his phaeton, not realizing that he was drunk. When he dropped the ribbons, she recovered them, but not in time to avoid disaster. The young man was killed in the accident. Rebecca survived, with a withered arm to remind her of the wages of folly, and a reputation in tatters." "Living retired at her father's country house, she takes up her avocation of herbalist and gardener, and does her best to cultivate patience and prepare ...
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"Rebecca Beauvelley is a ruined woman. In a moment of girlish folly, she allowed a high-flying young man to take her up in his phaeton, not realizing that he was drunk. When he dropped the ribbons, she recovered them, but not in time to avoid disaster. The young man was killed in the accident. Rebecca survived, with a withered arm to remind her of the wages of folly, and a reputation in tatters." "Living retired at her father's country house, she takes up her avocation of herbalist and gardener, and does her best to cultivate patience and prepare herself for the life of a spinster." "Now, against all expectation, her father has found someone, an elderly roue, who will marry her. Rebecca's life seems set, and she resigned to it, when Altimere, a Fey, appears and uses his "small power" to show her two futures: In the first, she is abused and neglected as the dutiful wife; in the second, she is dressed and bejeweled like a princess. Rebecca chooses the second future and elopes with Altimere." "Unfortunately, Altimere has an agenda of his own. Rebecca's very defects - most especially her withered arm, her willfulness, and her way with plants - are in Fey eyes virtues. And Rebecca becomes an ignorant and unwitting pawn in a complex game to depose the Fey Queen. Friendless, alone of her kind in the country of the Fey, Rebecca is soon Altimere's accomplice in treason, wrapt in a glittering enchantment she has no hope of breaking." Or does she?
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In a world separated by a thin border from the lands of the Fey, Rebecca Beauvelley knows that for her younger sister Caroline to make a marriage beneficial to their family, a husband must soon be found for Rebecca, despite her crippled and useless arm. When her father betroths her to a cruel northern lord, she runs away with the charming elder Fey Altamire. Too late, Rebecca discovers that Altamire's intentions are far from honorable and that she has become a sexual pawn in his rise to power among the Fey and human lands. The husband-and-wife writing team, authors of the "Liaden Universe" series (e.g., I Dare), begin a new series that blends the fantasy and romance genres in one seamless whole. Some steamily graphic sex scenes may limit this to an adult readership; otherwise, for most libraries.


—Jackie Cassada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416591672
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 2/24/2009
  • Series: Duainfey Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 757,906
  • Product dimensions: 6.86 (w) x 4.12 (h) x 1.02 (d)

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Sharon Lee

Steve Miller has been, in no particular order, a reviewer—of music, of books and of typewriters—a reporter, an editor, a professional chess tournament director, a librarian, an editor, a sysop, an editor and a resource specialist for a statewide electronic bulletin board system. He and Sharon Lee married in 1980, operated The Dreams Garth Art Agency for several years, and now live in Maine, with four cats, more computer equipment than two normal people need, a lot of books and almost as much music.



Sharon Lee’s has worked as administrative aide to the Dean of the School of Social Work, University of Maryland Professional Schools, as well as at odd and odder jobs, the most memorable of which was delivering tractor trailers, though selling cider at the Baltimore City Sunday Farmer's Market was fun, too. On the odder side, she worked as an advertising copy writer, both in-house and freelance. In 1988, Sharon, Steve, the cats, some of the books, most of the records and both of the computers moved to Maine. And there they all still are, rumors of a divorce and of Steve's demise being wildly exaggerated

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  • Posted January 21, 2009

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    This is an engaging erotic fantasy

    Rebecca Beauvelley has little prospect for a good marriage ever since her arm was crippled in a phaeton accident in which the drunken young male driver died. In order for her younger sister to make a good marriage, Rebecca first must be wed. Shockingly, her father has arranges for her to marry some elderly rake. Though she would prefer not to, Rebecca has no say in the matter.<BR/><BR/>However Altimere the Fey crosses the thin divide to show Rebecca her mortal future of abuse from an uncaring spouse if she says I do or she can go with him and cross into his realm. She daringly chooses to accompany the charming Altimere. Once she enters the land of the Fey, she learns her host is using and abusing her as a degraded sexual pawn to gain political power. <BR/><BR/>At the Fey court, Meripen Vanglelauf awakens from his needed healing sleep after suffering torture at the hands of humans. He hates mankind who also killed his beloved after torturing her in their quest to control fey power. In spite of his dark feelings, his queen sends Meripen across the divide to the human side to learn what poison they are using to kill the woods.<BR/><BR/>This is an engaging erotic fantasy that fails to tie up any major thread even the anticipated meeting between the two flawed lead characters never occurs; the assumption is their encounter will happen in the sequel, LONGEYE. The story line is action-packed with both subplots fast-paced as the theme switches from a Regency romance to a dark horror fantasy. Radically different from the "Liaden Universe", DUAINFEY is a strong set up tale that will probably better serve the audience to read it just before LONGEYE.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted October 29, 2008

    Most disappointing

    I bought this eagerly as I have enjoyed the Liaden series. Don't waste your money. Between the sex, S&M, poor dialogue and non existent plot it reads as if the authors are throwing together a screen play for a soft porn video. Normally I donate my overflow books to our public library but this went straight to the garbage where it belonged.

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