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The Waterlord
     

The Waterlord

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by Dawn Thompson
 

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Lady Rebecca’s life changed forever in the blink of an eye. One moment she was fleeing her father across a storm-swept Bodmin Moor; in the next, her carriage overturned on a steep gorge. But she did not die. Somehow, she was pulled clear.

Safety, her rescuer promised. But how could Becca feel safe? There was an eerie luminosity about him, a fluid silver aura

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Lady Rebecca’s life changed forever in the blink of an eye. One moment she was fleeing her father across a storm-swept Bodmin Moor; in the next, her carriage overturned on a steep gorge. But she did not die. Somehow, she was pulled clear.

Safety, her rescuer promised. But how could Becca feel safe? There was an eerie luminosity about him, a fluid silver aura like the lightning filling the night. And while his voice was deep, mellow—comforting, like the music a stream made while rushing over pebbles—it, too, held a hint of the otherworldly. Who was this strange savior, this displaced foreign nobleman who offered up his home and did not want her to leave? Long moonlit walks to the nearby waterfall, tight-lipped servants, a kiss unlike any other: everything about the Count was an enigma. Becca had heard myths of the Fossegrim: creatures driven to find ecstasy with human women and then vanish forever. From their world, humans never returned. This man, Becca was willing to follow.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780505526731
Publisher:
Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.98(d)

Meet the Author

Known primarily as a Regency romance novelist, Thompson has also written historical paranormals and Celtic and Norse Medievals incorporating the history, theology, legend, and lore of her heritage, which was the ongoing focus of her research for over 35 years. Her works were published by Dorchester, Kensington, and Highland Press. She was an active member of her local RWA chapter and won several regional writing contests. A columnist for select woman’s publications for many years, she was also an award-winning poet, artist, and needlework designer and illustrator. Thompson passed away in 2008.

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The Waterlord 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
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I really loved this book and will read it again.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Set, as so many of Thompson's books were, in England, this paranormal was her second release for Dorchester. The firt as Gothic shapeshifter. This was old Norse lore. Lady Rebecca is fleeing her evil father, when her coach over turns. She nearly downs but is recued by the waterlord - Count Klaus Lindegran. It is half-human, half Fossegrim. He is required to take a make to keep his realm secure. He loves Rebecca but must return to his people who depend upon him for their very survival. Another beautifuly written tale by a talent that was taken from us too soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really loved Thompson The Waterlord. A hero to die for. Sigh. She gives you old style, involving historicals with a new voice, that make me sad to put it down I wanted to stay in the magical world she created.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Waterlord' by Dawn Thompson was a much anticipated read for me. I'd not read very many paranormal historicals before so I was glad of the chance to read this tale. Strong characters and beautiful, if somewhat strange, imagery combine to make a fairly good read in this tale based upon the author's splendid research of Norse legends and mythology. Lady Rebecca Gildersleeve has fled from her home, hoping to avoid an unwanted marriage that is being forced upon her. When her carriage overturns into a dangerously steep gorge, rescue is at had in the sinfully male form of Count Klause Lindegren of Sweden. Becca feels an inexplicable pull towards the stranger and is almost helpless to deny the needs he awakens in her. However, it soon becomes clear that this mysterious Count is not all he appears. Strange moonlit nights reveal mystical tales to her that cannot be possible, tales of the Fossegrim - men driven to precreate with bespelled human females...or could they be true? Rebecca has to determine if she's safe with the Count or better off in the hands of her odious father. Since I hate to find fault with any book, I'll get my one complaint over with first - the story at times was hard for me to follow, and I backtracked alot (especially in the first half, which was a little slow) to help keep myself straight. Other than that, I came away pretty pleased with my first read by D. Thompson. I've always had a love for different mythologies, so I was glad to see that that is what this story was based upon. Klaus was a very complex character, torn between his duties and obligations to his astral realm and those of his heart and his love for Becca. Becca herself was an interesting heroine, one I thought need a little more common sense at times, but still handled a completely unbelievable situation well. Their attraction was somewhat abrupt, due in part to Klaus's fey drive to procreate, but he tapers his desire for Becca nicely once he realizes she is special to him, in effect earning my respect for not just loving and leaving her. There's a wonderfully forbidden and dangerous atmosphere throughout the story, very much drawing the reader into believing in myths and fairy tales (which we see from this story are not necessarily all sweetness and light). Overall, a very different and very interesting historical romance, one with a unique paranormal element to separate it nicely from other such books. Looking forward to more from this author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a avid reader of historical scottish novels and this one just did not do anything for me. I thought it did run in circles, it repeated things several times, which I found to be a downfall in the book. I had a hard time trying to finish it, it dragged on and on and all at once it was over. And when I thought it would finally be over the story continued. It was all over the place I thought. I also read the Ravencliff Bride, though it was a little better than this it still wasn't very good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Waterlord is an enchanting tale of a boundless love between Lady Rebecca, escaping from her ne'er-do-well father who gambled her to a man she refused to marry, and the immortal Klaus, whose fey father succumbed to love of his mother, a mortal woman. Klaus must mate with a mortal woman, but falls Becca's net of love, where complications draw him away from his otherworld of water. Will Klaus be cast from his home and stipped of his magic? *** Dawn Thompson keeps us at the edge of our seats as we journey with Becca and Klaus through true love and grave peril. Once again, Ms. Thompson delivers a solid story with heart-stopping sensuality, romance, and adventure. No doubt, this author is on my autobuy list!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dawn Thompson's tale of destiny and love grabs a reader in the first pages when Lady Rebecca Gildersleeve's carriage crashes and the wonderfully sexy Count Klaus Lindegren sets himself on a path of saving our heroine from her gambling addicted, overbearing father, who has promised her hand as a payment for his losses. Dawn Thompson picks up a brush and paints walk into scenes where you feel the mist engulfing you, the dew laden branches of plants caressing your skin one minute, the next you're being chased by a misguided father and loathsome fiance who makes your skin crawl. To a person who's afraid of being in water more than kneedeep, I longed to walk into the pools of the Fossegrim and dip into the waters of the paranormal. Great book by a marvelous storyteller.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dawn Thompson has crafted a sensual, otherworldly tale that seamlessly blends her natural flare for the Regency era with a superbly inventive fantasy realm. However, I believe her greatest gift as an author is creating these wounded, to die for hero's any woman would fall in love with. The Waterlord-Klaus is no exception. He's one sexy man...err, fey, who must mate with a mortal female in order to procreate his line. It should be easy what with his and charismatic charm and dashing looks. However, his chosen conquest is our heroine, Becca. A headstrong woman fleeing her own fate. A woman who stirs him like no other. So, while Klaus can use fey magic to place a cottage near the waterfall from which he draws his strength, it can do nothing to protect his immortal heart against her. I highly recommend this enchanted read. You'll fall in love with Klaus, cheer him and Becca on as they face the villains-both of this world and the other-and bathe in the sensual imagery and passionate love story that is The Waterlord.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dawn Thompson¿s The Waterlord was a refreshing dip in a delightful tale of Otherworldly romance. The sexy and seductive Count Klaus Lindegren led Lady Rebecca Gildersleeve on a slippery, sensual path that took them from desperation and loneliness to passion and love. Forced to deal with the decisions of their fathers, Klaus and Becca forge their own destiny as they defy family and position for the sake of true love. This book dives into Klaus¿ strong embrace from the first few pages, but weaves its way to passion through dreams, fantasies and, ultimately, through the sacrifice of one life for another. The characters are people you come to love or hate, the descriptions are like looking at an artist¿s masterpiece and the fantasy is pure ecstasy. This is not a leisurely ¿take your time¿ book, it is the kind of book that makes you stand up in the middle of a flight to DC and scream, ¿Take her already, Klaus, the anticipation is killing me!¿ (my apologies to everyone at American Airlines) As I turned the last few pages of The Waterlord, I discovered a keen, new fascination for waterfalls and a deeper appreciation for such a vivid author¿s imagination. I would also like to thank Ms. Thompson for my own wonderful dreams of the Fossegrim, who knew water could be so much fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story begins in Cornwall, England, 1815. Lady Rebecca 'Becca' Gildersleeve flees from her father who is forcing her to marry a horrid man. In return, Becca's new husband would forgive his gambling debt. Becca and her abigail, Maud, hire a coach and rush to seek passage via ship to the Channel Islands. However, due to a terrible storm the coach turns over, killing the coachman and leaving the two women dangling over a ledge. If not for a sudden rescue, they would have perished. Once safe, Becca finds sanctuary with her rescuer, Count Klaus Lindegren. She finds herself drawn to the hypnotic man, but feels that something is amiss. She could not be more correct! ................... Klaus is Prince of the Fossegrim, astral royalty. He exists between the parallel worlds of mortal man and the fay. He must live within range of his waterfall, going to it daily to draw his strength. Otherwise he would wither and die. Each mating season (each generation) he must choose a mortal woman to seduce. The woman would conceive a son from that mating and raise him alone. Should would never again see the father of their child. When the son is grown, he will be driven to seek out his own waterfall, and do as those before him, to keep their race alive. But Becca pulls him in a way he has never felt before. ................ **** There have been many tales written of immortal beings seeking out mortals for love or lust. But this creature, a sort of waterfall guardian, is unlike any immortal I have read before in a romance. The author includes various other magical beings, not all of which are nice (no matter how beautiful they look on the outside). I highly recommend this one for readers intending to head to the beach, lake, or other watery destination. Or pull out a sound machine to read beside. The sound of water flowing enhances the fantasy, trust me. Excellent tale! ****
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Waterlord is a skillful blend of Regency Romance and Fantasy. The story begins immediately with Lady Rebecca fleeing her father and a forced marriage. When her carriage overturns, she is rescued by Count Klaus Lindegren and whisked to safety at his 'cottage'. From here on, the otherwordly blends well in the ensuing romance between the two. Miss Thompson has borrowed from Swedish mythology and woven it skillfully into her story. To say more might ruin the delights that await the reader. I was enchanted. There are villains, from this world and the other, and they act in a believable way to try and foil the romance between Klaus and Rebecca. The ending is satisfying, and left me wanting another book that deals with the two worlds. I will say this: you'll never look at a waterfall again without being reminded of The Waterlord!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I knew several people who have read The Waterlord and raved it was brilliant, even better than The Ravencliff Bride. Even though I know these are astute reviewers and I trust their judgment, I had to admit I needed to see for myself because I loved the beauty of ¿Bride¿. Thompson has the skill to evoke many of the beloved historical romances from the past two decades, yet brings them into contemporary style with wit, originality and imagination. I have to admit ¿Bride¿ was an amazing debut. With The Waterlord, Thompson¿s style has evolved into a writer making her mark, that she is here to stay and a talent to watch. And yes, it¿s even better than ¿Bride¿. This leaves the readers so eager for her next book, and the next, her name alone will see me buy her again and again. Thompson has a natural voice for the period. Even more so, she has a ¿British¿ voice. I don¿t know how many times I read American writers, very talented writers doing British settings. No matter how well researched and how much I truly enjoy their stories, I can tell they are not British. For readers not understanding the difference, I suggest you read Lavender Blue by the wonderful English writer, Sandra Heath. Then pick any American historical writer. Wow, you will see. I see the same with the amazing Sue-Ellen Welfonder ¿ cut her and she bleeds Scot. There are only a hand full of writers I read that I do not spot instantly which side of the pond she hails from. Thompson does this. She sounds British. That is a very rare talent, not just to know your subject from research, but to THINK Brit, to make you readers KNOW Brit. Thompson, once against sprinkles her tale with a wee dram of paranormal. She gives you a sensual tale that draws the reader in immediately. Lady Rebecca is fleeing from her fate. Her despicable father has actually wagered her in gambling ¿ and lost! She is doing what any sensible lass would do¯getting the hell out of Dodge¿hum¿ Cornwall. Only, the coach takes a tumble and she lands in the arms of Klaus. Ah, Klaus¿one of the most sensual heroes to come a long in ages!! However, our sexy dude is not mortal, but fey. By ancient ways, he must mate with a mortal woman, but soon he is driven by more than age-old mating instincts ¿ he loves Becca. Yet, like the Selkies of Scotland, they cannot stay on land. To say any more, would spoil this brilliantly conceived book, that sets Thompson above the pack. ¿Some loves you can drown in.¿¿that is on the cover. They hit target on this. You drown in the sensuality of the vivid tale that lives long after you put it down. One of the best books you shall read for 2006.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ms. Thompson¿s second effort is without a doubt one of the most sensually romantic stories I¿ve read in a very long time. If you were lucky enough to have read ¿The Ravencliff Bride¿ you already know it was a book worth reading. ¿The Waterlord is light years ahead of that one. I truly can¿t say enough wonderful things about this book! Lady Rebecca or ¿Becca¿ as she calls herself is fleeing a future she cannot even begin to contemplate. Her father has gambled her away and she will do what she must in order to live a life that makes her happy. Sadly her coach crashing in Bodmin Moor mars her escape and when she thinks all is lost a man who seems almost magical in his appearance rescues her and her abigail Maud. She is unaccountably drawn to her savior and no matter how hard she tries to deny it, her passion for the handsome but mysterious host will not abate. Will she be able to leave Klaus when the time arrives or will fate have other plans for these two people? Klaus is driven by his destiny. He is not mortal, he is fey and he must not stray far from his waterfall. He must also mate with a mortal and soon in order for him to realize is destiny. But his desire for Becca exceeds his desire to do right by his race. She is a part of him now and he doesn¿t have the strength to walk away from her. But his and Becca¿s future is about to be put to the test and they¿re love is in danger by a devious traitor. Will they be able to have the forever they both desire? This is a wonderful read. I fell a little in love with Klaus! I love Ms. Thompson¿s make believe world and once you step into the story, you will be hard pressed to put the book down once your start it. In other words make sure you have nothing pressing to get done. Ms. Thompson has a earned a spot on my ¿keeper shelf¿ and is now an author I will buy simply because her name graces the cover.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1815 England, Lady Rebecca flees from her martinet father, but suffers an accident when her coach overturns on an isolated moor. Count Klaus Lindegran arrives to rescue Rebecca, who is stunned to see what looks like a glowing light surrounding her savior.------ Klaus is a half human from another realm Fossegrim where he must return soon but first he must mate with a woman. He pledges to keep her safe from her father¿s nefarious plans for her and she feels secure on his estate. As they fall in love, he wonders what to do as he must return to his people who depend on him as THE WATERLORD, but doubts that his beloved could survive on mythical Fossegrim. However, before he can decide what is best for his people and his beloved, a traitor has other plans for the demise of both of them.------ Dawn Thompson shows the depth of her skills as she provides readers with a fantastic romantic fantasy inside a regency setting. The star-crossed lovers make the tale hum as their forbidden desire for one another could jeopardize his people or his beloved. Fans will believe that Fossegrim exists as Ms. Thompson makes her two realms seem real. THE WATERLORD is a terrific mythos thriller.------ Harriet Klausner