The Legend. . .
Long ago there lived a group of women known as the Daughters of the Earth, revered for their wisdom and knowledge, skilled in healing and white magic.
But as time passed, they came to be known by a far more sinister term . . . witches.
Ariane Cheney, the Lady of Faire Isle is famed for her mystical skills and keeping her island secure from danger. A difficult task during a time of strife when Catherine de Medici is known and feared by other Daughters of the Earth as the Dark Queen.
One night a wounded stranger arrives on Faire Isle and whispers to Ariane a secret that the Dark Queen would kill to possess. Desperate to keep her home and family safe, Ariane is forced to turn to the one man she dreads.
Justice Deauville, the comte de Renard is a mysterious nobleman, his past as secretive as his supernatural gifts. The price of seeking his help may prove to be a higher cost than Ariane is willing to pay. Nothing less than the surrender of her heart and freedom, for Renard is ruthlessly determined to claim her for his bride.
"A riveting tale of witchcraft, treachery, and court intrigue. Library Journal (Starred review)
"Enthralling historical detail, dark and intense emotions and the perfect touches of the paranormal, (Carroll) leaves readers to savor every word of this superbly crafted breathtaking romance." Romantic Times (Top Pick)
"Ms. Carroll sets the stage well for intrigue and magic spells and draws the reader into her web." The Historical Novels Review.
"Readers in the mood for a marriage plot spiced with magic should find that this one does the trick!" Publishers Weekly.
"A definite suspense thriller and a page-turning read." Bookreviewscafe.com
About the Author
Author Susan Carroll began her career in 1986, writing historical romance and regencies, two of which were honored by Romance Writers of America with the RITA award. Her St. Leger series received much acclaim. The Bride Finder was honored with a RITA for Best Paranormal Romance in 1999. Ms. Carroll launched a new series with the publication of The Dark Queen, set during the turbulent days of the French Renaissance. Her most recent work is the fantasy, Disenchanted, a whimsical retelling of Cinderella. Ms. Carroll was born in Latrobe, Pa. She currently resides in Illinois.