- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Candy TanAccording to an ancient royal decree, the prosperous land of Alderich will be passed from the Rune family to their rivals, the Leonhart clan, in the year 999. Serath, the last direct descendant of Jozua Rune, lord of Alderich, is abducted two of months prior to the beginning of the new millenium while she is trying to escape a convent. The abductor is Rafael of Leonhart, and he plans to use her as a pawn to ensure that the handing over of Alderich goes as smoothly as possible.
However, he finds out that Serath is not quite the revered lady of the manor that he imagined. Not only do the serfs fear her and think she is a witch, her grandfather cannot bear the sight of her and is half-mad in the bargain. Furthermore, Rafael finds the entire land plagued by fears of the end of the world, an end prophesied to coincide with the transfer of Alderich. Jozua Rune is also determined to sabotage Rafael's chances at finding prosperity in Alderich. Despite all these troubles, Rafael finds himself increasingly distracted by Serath, who doesn’t seem to be quite the demon she is made out to be. Serath herself is discovering that the devil-man she has been taught to hate from childhood is human after all.
Abé’s smooth, beautiful prose makes this standard romance story a joy to read. Too many historical romance authors sound far too American and contemporary. While Abé still can’t beat the authentic tone of British historical authors (like the incomparable Heyer), her writing flows wonderfully and she has a good ear for dialogue. Her writing is so good that I had to stop sometimes and savor the language, which is fairly rare when I’m reading pop fiction.