Soul Magic

Soul Magic

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by Karen Whiddon
     
 

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After years apart, the fae Allana returns to Darrick, the mortal whom she left at the altar, in order to save the kingdom of Rune and their love.  See more details below

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After years apart, the fae Allana returns to Darrick, the mortal whom she left at the altar, in order to save the kingdom of Rune and their love.

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ISBN-13:
9780505525949
Publisher:
Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
12/07/2004
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
4.16(w) x 6.78(h) x 0.92(d)

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Soul Magic



By Karen Widdon


Dorchester Publishing


Copyright © 2004

Karen Widdon

All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-505-52594-1



Chapter One


Rune
1149

Formless shadows, stealing through the dark. A scream, a
shout, a child's shrill wail. Alanna of Rune bolted up in her
bed, turning instinctively to look for the slumbering form of
her russet-haired son.

Like the night before, he was not there.

The small sleeping pallet was heartbreakingly tidy,
undisturbed by a small boy's restless slumber. Caradoc had
not slept in his bed, not since he'd been taken two nights
ago. Again she saw the dark shapes, felt the impossible power
of the magic that had kept her frozen, horrifyingly unable to
move while Gorsedd stole her son.

She uttered a low, keening, cry. Her child was gone. And if
Gorsedd truly believed Caradoc to be the changeling child of
prophecy, he would never be returned.

As a Fae princess and Caradoc's mother, Alanna knew better.
One night of violence had given her Caradoc. She wanted only
to find her son and bring him home. That she had not enough
magic to do so tore at her.

Once, like all of her kind, she had glowed bright with power.
But the magic had been waning for a long time. Now, with the
remnants of her power clinging to her like a tattered cloak,
she could not even determine where Gorsedd had taken her boy.

Her beloved son. Caradoc.

Unable to sleep, Alanna began to pace.

"They will notharm him."

Alanna spun. "Wynne." Alone of all the Fae in Rune, the
Oracle's remaining magic still leant her that soft glow. Her
silver hair, so gray it appeared the startling white of
moonlit snow, matched the shimmer of her flowing gown.

"Aye." The older woman's lined face looked serene, the
opposite of Alanna's churning emotions. "I have spent the
night trying to find out where Caradoc has been taken."

"What did you- Were you able-?"

"No." The single word hovered in the air. "Neither mirror
nor water would ripple for me. Like everyone else, my own
magic has finally begun to fade."

"I must find out where they took him." Jaw aching, Alanna
forced herself to unclench her teeth. She lifted her head and
met the wise one's gaze.

"They will not harm him," Wynne repeated. "They believe him
to be the child of prophecy, of power. They believe him to be
son of the mortal Darrick of Thorncliff."

"But he is not." The words burst from her, pent up
frustration and worry and rage making her voice as sharp as
the ceremonial blade that had long hung above the throne.

"Are you certain?"

"You have seen him." Bitterness made her throat ache.
"Caradoc is not Darrick's son."

The old woman's gaze was sharp. "Is it possible you are
wrong?"

"I have wished to be wrong more than you know. We shared one
night of love, Darrick and I, a fortnight before I was
attacked. I prayed that it might be so. I didn't know for
certain until Caradoc was born. His coppery hair bespoke his
parentage without a doubt."

"And our magic has continued to wane." Though no hint of
accusation sounded in the Oracle's calm tone, Alanna felt the
jagged edge of it prick her skin.

"I've failed our people." Anger made a sour knot in her
belly. "Worse, I have failed my son."

"They do not know ... Then tell them. Tell the world. Name
the one who sired Caradoc."

Name him. Alanna opened her mouth, then closed it. She
swayed as memories of that awful night flooded her. She'd
been caught unprepared, for even then her magic had been weak.

She'd strolled in the forest dreaming of her upcoming
nuptials. He'd been waiting for her, grabbing her when she'd
walked past his hiding place. He'd tied her hands so tightly
her wrists had bled. He'd muffled her screams with a wet
cloth stuffed in her mouth. Then he'd taken her from behind,
savagely, laughing as he brutally raped her.

She never wanted to speak his name out loud. To do so
reminded her of what had been, until now, the worst night of
her life.

But losing her son was far worse. She'd thought she knew then
what it was to feel utterly powerless, at the dark mercy of
another. But she'd been wrong. The horror of that night was
nothing compared to this, the awful terror of not being able
to find Caradoc.

"Morfran Mortimer," she said, her voice brittle enough to cut
through stone. "His hair is the color of flame. He is
Caradoc's sire. The one who raped me has long been enemy to
Darrick and his family."

"As he is still," intoned the wise woman of Rune, anger
coloring her unwavering tone. "When last I was able to see, I
learned that much has changed in the human world since you
left it. Gone to war and returned, Darrick is now fatherless,
thanks to that one's hand."

Alanna thought her heart would stop. She hadn't asked, hadn't
wanted to know. "Morfran has slain Oren Tadhg?"

"Aye. And even now, your betrothed attempts to defend
Thorncliff against Morfran's army."

"He is not-" Alanna froze as Wynne's words registered. "Why
would Darrick need to defend that which is his by right of
birth?"

Wynne shook her head, her closed expression one of dismissal.
"You must go to him. Darrick of Thorncliff is the only one
who can help you regain your son."

"Help me? Why would he help me? Darrick knows naught of the
boy's existence, nor the reason why I broke our betrothal. He
will hate me now."

"'Tis of no consequence. You can help each other. Darrick is
the one you must seek. Tell him the truth. This much I have
seen." Wynne pointed at Alanna's heart. "If you wish Caradoc
returned, you must go now to Thorncliff and ask Darrick's
help."

(Continues...)





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by Karen Widdon
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Karen Whiddon grew up in the Catskill and Rocky Mountains. Now she lives in North Texas with her hero-like husband and three beloved dogs.

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Soul Magic 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was really a good book. It was hard to put down, I enjoy the fae magic and enchanting characters, definetly a must read!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Medieval Romantic Fantasy Rune and Thorncliff ¿ 1149 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. In many ways, Geoffrey is a more interesting and complex character than Darrick. His uncertain background, inner struggles with sexuality, and phobic attitude towards the Fae create some great conflict. Sarina is a wonderful counterpart, and many of their encounters heat up the pages as Sarina becomes increasingly brazen. 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
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Fey lands live alongside the normal world, allowing one of its greatest ladies to fall in love with a mortal man; but when Alanna is attacked shortly before she can wed Darrick, their future is shattered, until years later when her son is taken. Her only hope of finding the boy is seeking his help against the man who raped her. Their reunion is painful, but the truth frees Darrick to feel the love he always held for Alanna. Soon, their quest takes on added dimensions and implications that make it far more dangerous than they could have imagined. .................. With straightforward sweetness, the magic of love weaves a spell around readers drawing them into a bright land where enchantment has never faded. Forgiveness and hope fill the pages of this book, making it a treasure.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Alanna of Rune is stunned when her son Caradoc is kidnapped from right under her nose in the safety of their home because many believe the lad is the fulfillment of the prophecy. Alanna¿s advisor Wynne the Oracle warns her that the abduction might destroy Rune as the magic is fading and only fulfilling the prophecy that claim she and a human must mate and begat an offspring will save them. Alanna insists that her son is not the savior as he his a product of an evil night and not from her love of the mortal Darrick Tadhg. Wynne insists that Alanna¿s only hope lies in Darrick, whom she loved and rejected five years ago without an explanation. To save her son and her people she will face her worst nightmare......................... Darrick hates Alanna, but has greater concerns as his castle is under siege by his Uncle Morfram. Alanna begs Darrick to help, but though he still wants her he rejects her plea. Finally she explains why she left; Morfram raped her. Darrick agrees to help Alanna rescue her son and his mother held hostage by Morfram, but success even with a prophecy on their side seems remote at best............................. This is an intriguing medieval fantasy romance that stars two cross starred lovers who have been separated by the malevolent Morfram. The story line acts more like a historical than an otherworldly novel, but elements from the latter are included throughout the plot. The secondary characters furbish a feel either fae or period piece to the tale. Though Morfram has no redeeming quality, fans of romantic fantasy will appreciate SOUL MAGIC........................... Harriet Klausner