Enchanted (Medieval Series #3)

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Simon the loyal has vowed never to love, for love makes a warrior weak. His arranged marriage to a beautiful Norman heiress would be duty and no more. But more than duty stirs his blood when he first sees Ariane. She has known only coldness from men and a betrayal so deep it all but killed her soul. Wanting no man, trusting no man, speaking only through the sad songs she draws from her harp, Ariane comes to Simon an unwilling bride. They wed to bring peace to the disputed lands, but marriage alone is not enough. ...

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Overview

Simon the loyal has vowed never to love, for love makes a warrior weak. His arranged marriage to a beautiful Norman heiress would be duty and no more. But more than duty stirs his blood when he first sees Ariane. She has known only coldness from men and a betrayal so deep it all but killed her soul. Wanting no man, trusting no man, speaking only through the sad songs she draws from her harp, Ariane comes to Simon an unwilling bride. They wed to bring peace to the disputed lands, but marriage alone is not enough. Simon must teach Ariane passion, she must teach him trust. And both must surrender to the sweet violence of love's enchantment. . .or die.

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Editorial Reviews

Romantic Times
A sheer delight...wondrous, magical, emotional and sensual.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Simon the Loyal must marry Ariane the Betrayed in order to bring peace to the Disputed Lands. The catch? A brutal rape and her people's betrayal (hence the name) have left her unable to love and with a unreasonable fear of the marriage bed. This conflict drives the plot, but it is unnecessarily belabored during the first quarter of the book when it could have been cleared up by Ariane's simply explaining the situation to the seemingly understanding and compassionate Simon. This is not the only cause for confusion in this romance of 11th century England: Characters are hard to distinguish, having such similar names as Ariane and Amber, Dominic and Duncan and equally similar mystical powers--whether they be Learned, truth seers or witches. Lowell hones her writing skills in the second half of the book, finally displaying the talent behind the eight million copies of her titles in print. Her characters come into their own once freed from the mantle of a wearying plot device. The love scenes sizzle, motivations are plausible and the story becomes engrossing. Out of confusion comes a love story which will no doubt leave Lowell's loyal readers satisfied. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380772575
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/1994
  • Series: Medieval Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 372,442
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Lowell

Elizabeth Lowell's exciting novels of romantic suspense include the New York Times bestsellers Dangerous Refuge, Beautiful Sacrifice, Death Echo, The Wrong Hostage, Amber Beach, Jade Island, Pearl Cove, and Midnight in Ruby Bayou. She has also written New York Times bestselling historical series set in the American West and medieval Britain. She has more than 80 titles published to date, with more than 24 million copies of her books in print. She lives in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with her husband, with whom she writes novels under a pseudonym. Her favorite activity is exploring the western United States to find the landscapes that speak to her soul and inspire her writing.

Las aclamadas novelas de suspenso de la autora Elizabeth Lowell incluyen varios bestsellers en la New York Times. Lowell ha vendido más de treinta millones de ejemplares. Vive con su esposo en Seattle, Washington y Sedona, Arizona, con quien escribe novelas de misterio bajo un seudónimo.

Biography

Extensive and versatile, Elizabeth Lowell's résumé of titles (in almost every genre) is as long as the list of her various pen names. She's written science fiction, mystery and romance. She's also penned historical fiction and collaborated on a movie novelization. So prolific is Lowell that she and her husband, Evan Maxwell, have had to create a whole raft of pseudonyms for her books.

Her earliest work, from the 1970s, is science fiction and is written under her actual name, Ann Maxwell. The romances she and her husband began writing together in the early '90s are under the same name, because their publisher wanted a female author’s name on the cover. Their Southern California mystery series featuring the divorced lovers Fiddler and Fiora are written under A. E. Maxwell (Ann and Evan), while their joint novelization of the 1992 Val Kilmer movie Thunderheart is under the name Lowell Charters (his middle name and her maiden name.)

Her biggest solo success, the romance novels that have taken her repeatedly to The New York Times bestseller list, are credited to Elizabeth Lowell -- a combination of the couple’s middle names.

Lowell’s romances are noted for their sass and, of course, their sex. But her characterizations, particularly, draw high marks. "Elizabeth Lowell's talent is enormous," wrote The Romance Reader in its review of 1984's Forget Me Not. "She has made a well-deserved name for herself by crafting likable, plucky heroines and enigmatic but intelligent heroes." And, in 1996 the Chicago Tribune wrote, "The protagonist she has chosen for her hardcover debut, Winter Fire could give a Navy SEAL lessons in survival."

Lowell embarked on a popular series in 1997 with the publication of Amber Beach, which introduced readers to the Donovan family, titans in the menacing world of precious gemstones who must dodge murderers, thieves, and power-hungry governments to protect their business. Of the first in the series, Kirkus Reviews wrote, "A romance that offers all the sexual tension, adventure and squishy clichés that fans of the genre could possibly want."

When Lowell was getting started as sci-fi writer Ann Maxwell, she was writing on legal pads while caring for her two young children. Evan was a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, covering international crime. In the early 1980s, after he had already collaborated on three mystery novels with Lowell, Maxwell decided to quit daily journalism and write fiction full-time.

The couple has since become a cottage industry of genre fiction operating out of their Seattle-area home. They collaborate on some projects, go solo on others. Lowell has described a seven-day-a week work packed with deadlines, an organized effort that starts out with book outlines that typically take about a month to draft as well as character sketches. Then the writing begins.

"My fiction deals with problems of strength rather than problems of weakness," she told Contemporary Authors. There is no appeal or purpose for me in reading -- or writing -- fiction that portrays incessant, excruciating, and pointless pain in the lives of characters."

Good To Know

Readers are surprised to find out that the books Lowell writes with her husband are true collaborations. "In fact, a lot of people, once they know, say, 'Oh, I know who did this in the book, and I know who did this,' and they're almost invariably wrong," she told the Los Angeles Times.

Two of the most intriguing time periods for Lowell are medieval England and the post-Civil War period in the American West. "In both cases it was a time of expanded possibilities for individuals, regardless of birth or heritage, to create a better life and, ultimately, a better world, from chaos," she told Contemporary Authors.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Ann Maxwell; A .E. Maxwell; Annalise Sun; Lowell Charters
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 5, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    1. Education:
      B. A., University of California, 1966

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Enchanted

Chapter One

Autumn in the reign of King Henry I. Stone Ring Keep, home of Lord Duncan and Lady Amber, in the Disputed Lands at the northern reaches of Norman England.

"Which will it be," Ariane whispered to herself, "a wedding or a wake?"

Ariane stared at the dagger in her hands, but no answer came to her save that of candlelight running like silver blood over the blade. As she looked at the ghostly blood, the question rang again within the silence of her mind.

A wedding or a wake?

The answer that finally came was no comfort to Ariane.

It matters not. They are but different words for the same thing.

Beyond Stone Ring Keep′s high walls, the wind wailed of coming winter.

Ariane didn′t hear the mournful cry. She heard nothing but echoes of the past, when her mother had pressed the jewelled dagger into her daughter′s small hands.

In her mind Ariane could still see the dark flash of amethysts and feel the cold weight of silver. Her mother′s words had been even more chilling.

Hell has no punishment greater than a cruel marriage bed. Use this rather than lie beneath a man you do not love.

Unfortunately, Ariane′s mother had not lived long enough to tell her daughter how to use the weapon, or upon whom. Whose wake should it be, the groom′s or bride′s?

Should I kill myself or should I kill Simon, whose only crime is to agree to marry me out of loyalty to his brother, Lord Dominic of Blackthorne Keep?

Loyalty.

A yearning tremor went through Ariane, making the rich cream and russet of her tunic quiver as though alive.

Dear God, to be so blessed as to know that kind of fidelity from my family!

Dark nightmare turned, threatening to break through the wall Ariane had built against it. Grimly she shifted her thoughts from the night she had been betrayed first by Geoffrey the Fair and then by her own father.

The blade of the dagger bit delicately into Ariane′s hand, telling her that she was holding the weapon too tightly. Distantly she wondered what it would feel like when the dagger bit far more deeply into her flesh.

Certainly it could be no worse than her nightmares.

"Ariane, have you seen my -- oh, what a lovely dagger," Amber said, spotting the quicksilver gleam as she walked into the room. " ′Tis as finely made as any brooch."

The voice startled Ariane out of her grim revene. Taking a slow, hidden breath, she loosened her grip on the jewelled dagger and looked toward the young woman whose golden outer tunic highlighted the colour of her eyes and hair.

"It was my mother′s dagger," Ariane said to Amber.

"Such extraordinary amethysts. They are the exact colour of your eyes. Were hers violet, too?"

"Yes.,,

Ariane said no more.

"And your thoughts," Amber continued matter-of-factly, "are the exact colour of your hair. The darkest part of night."

Ariane′s breath caught. Warily she eyed the Learned Lady of Stone Ring Keep, who could discern truth simply by touching someone.

Yet Amber wasn′t touching Ariane now.

"I don′t have to touch you," Amber said, guessing the other girl′s thoughts. "The darkness is in your eyes. And in your heart."

"I feel nothing."

"Ah, but you do. Your emotions are a wound that has been concealed rather than healed."

"Are they?" Ariane asked indifferently.

"Aye," Amber said. "I felt it when I touched you the first time. Surely you must feel it too."

"Only when I steep."

Ariane slid the dagger back into its sheath at her waist and reached for the lap harp that once had been her joy. Now it was her consolation. The dark, graceful curves of the wood were inlaid with silver, mother-of-pearl and camelian in the form of a flowering vine.

But it wasn′t the harp′s elegance that lured Ariane. It was the instrument′s voice. Her long fingers moved, calling from the strings a chord that was in eerie harmony with the storm wind, a wildness that was barely contained.

Concealed, not healed.

Hearing the harp speak for the silent harpist, Amber wanted to protest the combination of fear and rage and grief that burned just beneath the Norman girl′s calm surface.

"You have nothing to dread from becoming Simon′s wife," Amber said, her voice urgent. "He is a man of intense passion, but it is always disciplined."

For an instant Ariane′s fingers paused. Then she nodded slowly. Gradually the sounds she drew from the harp became less wild.

"Aye," Ariane said in a low voice. "He has been gentle enough with me."

Much gentler than he will be when he discovers that his wife is no maiden.

Enchanted. Copyright © by Elizabeth Lowell. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted January 26, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    I accidently read this in paperback first. I later realized that it was part of a series. When I purchased my Nook, I researched the author and book and found out I was correct and ordered all three books. I read them in order and was fascinated.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    GREAT BOOK - GREAT SERIES

    loved this series. I feel in love with Garwood's older books and was looking for another author with the same feel. Lowell did not disappoint, I hope she writes more like these

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    great

    Such a great book. Loved it. Awesome read

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

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    Love these kind of Stories

    This book really pulled the story together. If you love a good romantic tale of long ago you will love this series. It makes you want more. There are not Fae or druids but lots of insinuation of such - the wowmen whom are gifted are called "witches" and the men socerrers or Learned. Would love to see Erik and Cassandra get drawn more into the story. The plot is fantastic and the author does a great job describing the scenes in detail you feel like you are walking in the story with them. Truly well written series.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2012

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    It left me frustrated

    I'm sorry, but I could not get into this book. The first two-thirds was so frustrating and unnecessary I could barely keep reading. Yes, Ariane was betrayed, and yes Simon can not love. But I don't think we needed 200 or so pages to get the point across. I was more interested in the last third of the book when rogue Knights, a missing dowry and a calculating father-in-law show up. I wish more was written about those storylines instead of the driving plot of Ariane's coldness and unwillingness. So little attention was given to the climax I felt cheated and frustrated at the end. Just a so-so book for me. I've read better historical romance novels than this.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2000

    Elizabeth Lowell is the Best!

    I really enjoyed Lowells' trilogy Untamed,Forbidden and Enchanted. These 3 are my favorite of all of Lowells books. I read them over and over. After I read Untamed for the 1st time I went out and bought all 3 books and I didn't stop reading until I was done with all of them. Then I read them over again! I couldn't put them down! The plots are wonderful and the love scenes are to die for. The one and only thing this trilogy needs is a 4th book about the handsome and powerful knight, Erik. Then it will more perfect then it already is.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    Daisys room

    Woooh!~Ree

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    Great !!

    This book is very entertaining. Simon has sealed his heart away and Ariane has had her trust and spirit broken by men she has known. The story finds Simon and Ariane in a marriage learning to trust each other and finding love. There are special magical gifts each person discovery. The two previous books UNTAMED and FORBIDDEN are an total enjoyment to read along with this book ENCHANTED?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Excellent!!!!!

    I love that the characters are interlaced can't wait for eriks story

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2012

    Great Stiry Great Story

    One of my faves!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    Great, one of my favorite

    Liked it alot read it a few times

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    Wonderful series

    I loved this series

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  • Posted March 23, 2012

    Excellent Series 5 Stars

    I enjoy Medieval love storys. This series did not disappoint!!! I highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    great story don't miss it

    i read the trilogy as fast as i could see the words i lovedit

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Very engaging story

    this was great read it is even better if you would read books 1 & 2 of this
    series

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

    EMOTIONALLY CHARGED LOVE STORY!

    Simon doesn't want to love, because as a warrior, he feels it will weaken him. Love finds him though when his unwilling bride, beats down his defensives in ways he doesn't understand - and he in turns, finds a way to gain her trust and give her the love and comfort that she needs.

    This is truly a WONDERFUL book. I have always been a fan of Elizabeth Lowell, but this story touched my heart as few other authors and stories have. It is such a beautifully written story! MORE!

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  • Posted February 26, 2012

    Great story!

    Elizabeth Lowell writes with great thought and discription! Love the fact that she use words from the time period. Not your cookie cutter series.

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  • Posted February 24, 2012

    Highly Recommended!!!!

    Wonderful! I loved this series. You must read the first 2, Untamed and Forbidden. You will not be disappointed.

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    Posted February 23, 2012

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  • Posted February 22, 2012

    Okay

    I really do love Elizabeth Lowell, but this series seems really really slow

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