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Posted August 30, 2011
I have had the pleasure of reading all of Kiki Howell's work, and have to say, this one by far is my new favourite.
Torn Asunder captured my interested within the first few pages, and kept me turning them until I reached the end. I couldn't put it down. The instant attraction between Aubrey and Edmund is hot, and there were amazing plot twists throughout filled with explosive intimacy, mystical shape shifting, and unique spells that reveal the most intriguing mysteries to solve. Ultimately love conquers all in the end, as Kiki takes us back into Regency England and into an amazingly written emotional tale that can only come from her unique style.
I Loved it!
Posted August 2, 2011
"When shall we three meet again in thunder, lightning, or in rain? When the hurlyburly 's done, when the battle 's lost and won" - William Shakespeare, Macbeth The Dowager Marchioness of Dalysbury threatens to expose Aubrey Griffen's true nature as a witch if Aubrey continues her affair with Edmund Bryant, the Marquess of Dalysbury. fearing for the safety of her cousins Lord and Lady Sanderly more than hers, Aubrey flees to the island of Triaill Brimuir but Edmund manages to find her in her secret sanctuary. confused and angry, Aubrey transforms her lover into an elemental creature. Edmund's baser yearnings, however, turns him back into a man. through Aubrey's guidance, Edmund acknowledges and releases the power within him that his mother had been trying to suppress. upon returning to London, the couple seeks out the truth of the identity of Edmund's father. what they discover will pit them against those who practice the dark arts and test their love for each other. author Kiki Howell sure knows how to write a story by combining romance, history and magic. though the sexual situations are very graphic, they are also well-written. i never realized that making love could be described in so many ways and i have to give credit to the writer for being so eloquent about it. however, i find the steamy scenes too many for me and yet too little attention was given to the last part of the book. the remaining pages felt rushed and these were highly critical ones. all in all, it was still a good read and escape for me especially since i got to meet a new and very interesting villain in the person of Edmund's mother!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 30, 2011
I was so excited to read this novel. I was first introduced to Kiki's writing with The Sorcerer's Song, which I absolutely loved, and she brought the same brilliance to her first full length novel in Torn Asunder.
Aubrey Griffen was sent to live with her cousins, Lord and Lady Sanderly, to learn her magic. When she meets Edmund Bryant, the Marquess of Dalysbury, a love blooms beyond anyone's belief. Edmund's mother has other intentions for him though, arranging for him to marry The Lady Elizabeth Ward, daughter of the Duke.
Edmund continually defies his mother's wishes and sneaks off to secretly be with his true love. It is when his mother threatens Aubrey, forcing her to leave London to give Edmund the chance to marry who is best suited for his social status, that Edmund realizes he cannot live without her. Giving her money and the threat to expose her family for what they are, witches, Aubrey agrees and flees to the island Triaill Brimuir, a place her ancestors once inhabited.
Edmund leaves in search for his love, finding his way to the island. Out of fear for her family, Aubrey uses her magic to transform Edmund into a beast, willing him to return to his homeland with no success. To both of their surprise, Edmund carries a secret of his own. Fearful and angry, Aubrey tries to ignore the love that her and Edmund share, feeling that Edmund purposefully kept this information from her. Only after much plea and convincing, does she return to London to face Edmund's mother.
Learning of his true Father, the plot only thickens as Edmund fights to save his true love from the man he never knew, and figure out who he truly is. Will white magic and true love be enough to conquer the dark forces that so blatantly try to tear them apart?
I was so blown away at Howell's imagination. I was drawn into this novel from the first chapter, and as I neared the end the action picked up so much, forcing me to read it until I knew what the outcome would be. I greatly enjoyed this read and would recommend this to anyone that loves a good romance with a fantasy twist. If it weren't for the steamy sex scenes, I would even recommend this to a younger audience. It's that great that anyone would enjoy it, but because of the sex, it must be for 18 and above.
Posted July 2, 2011
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