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Library JournalTragedy and scandal seem to follow Lady Linnet Norwood wherever she goes. Finally free from the convent after a scary break with reality trapped in the Faerie realm, Lady Linnet, the new Countess of Glencross, heads to the coronation of Elizabeth Tudor. She hopes the queen will give counsel on a suitable husband for her, one who can look past the scandals. Lady Linnet indicates to the queen that she seeks a man who has “a reputation for virtue, diligence, frugality and piety.” None of these qualities could be used to describe Lord Zamiel of Briah. In fact, Lord Zamiel is not even human but rather the son of Lucifer in human form as punishment for saving Lady Linnet from certain death her first day at court. Although lust between the angel and the faerie quickly sparks, can a love develop to make the relationship worth his fall from heaven and the certain displeasure of the court?
Verdict Unfortunately, when compared to the works of Philippa Gregory and Marion Zimmer Bradley, this retelling of Tudor history and Arthurian legend cannot compare. Although Navarre offers a new perspective, her characters are not particularly likable or engaging and the romance feels forced. Fans of the first book in the series, Magick by Moonrise, may seek this title out; otherwise, not recommended for basic romance collections.—Heather Lisa Maneiro, Minnesota State Univ. Lib. Moorhead
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