by Susan Kearney

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Healer and high priestess of her people, Lady Cael is fated to life without a mate. But a mysterious explorer named Lucan Rourke doesn't know her secrets, and his touch makes her crave a future that her extraordinary birthright has forbidden her. . .


Lucan has just one mission on Pendragon: to find the mythical Holy Grail, Earth's only hope for survival. His powerful attraction to Cael is a distraction he can't afford, unless he convinces her to join forces with him. Yet working so closely together only heightens their passion . . . even when the terrifying truth of Cael's heritage threatens to shatter Lucan's every belief-and the galaxy itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446558204
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 09/05/2009
Series: Pendragon Legacy , #1
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 538,191
File size: 687 KB

About the Author

USA TODAY bestselling author Susan Kearney is a native of New Jersey and has a Business Degree from the University of Michigan. Her fifty plus books include contemporary, romantic suspense, historical, futuristic, science fiction and paranormal novels. She resides in a suburb of Tampa-with her husband, kids, Boston terriers and iguana. Currently she's plotting her way through her 52st work of fiction. You can reach her through her web site at

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Lucan (Pendragon Legacy #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
jaimehuff1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First and foremost, King Arthur, Knights of the Round Table, Avalon, The Holy Grail, Dragons, shapeshifters, Space travel, future, hot, steamy love scenes, paranormal romance.. all in one book? In "Lucan" it's all there! Susan Kearney has woven an exciting, action packed, thrill ride and love into "Lucan". I loved the Arthurian Legend being mixed in with Science Fiction and Fantasy. This book was 325 pages of pure excitement. I loved that there wasn't any huge lulls or any word padding. I could visualize Cael's dragon form, the pounding of her multiple hearts, and the telepathic connection between Cael and Lucan. Admittedly, I developed a fangirlish crush on Rion. I seriously could not put this book down and can't wait for her to give us more of Lucan, Cael, Rion, and the future of Earth. I think I have found another new author to add to my list of must reads!
OregonKimm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book floated around several books blogs for quite a while in anticipation of it¿s release date. It appeared everywhere and there several contests in place to win a copy¿.and I was fortunate to win one! I was very keen to try the book out, but one thing that hadn¿t sunk in was that the story was set in the future¿a space age paranormal romance. Hmm¿wonder how I missed that. So, I was a little unsure of myself as I set about reading the story, but found that I was actually quite interested in it by the time I finished. I mean, I must have been really interested because I just read that Rion (Pendragon Legacy, Book #2) is about to be released and now I¿m a little giddy. Returning back to my thoughts on Lucan¿Kearney displays her talent as a storyteller. I was impressed with the way she developed her lead characters, Cael and Lucan. I could feel their personalities very strongly throughout the book, especially during the¿hmm¿steamier sections? And yes, there were plenty of those¿I cannot add much more to my thoughts because I try to stay away from spoiler material in my posts; however, there is one particular detail in this book that appealed to me, but you¿ll just have to read to figure that out. Happy Reading!
vampiregirl76 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lucan & Cael both work in the same lab on Pendragon & are instantly attracted to one another. Both their worlds, Earth and Pendragon are in desperate situations. The one thing both of their worlds need is the Holy Grail. It could also be the one thing that could tear them apart.Lucan is a non-stop, entertaining read. Filled with adventure and steamy scenes. Lucan and Cael sizzle. Ms. Kearney has done a wonderful job creating this new world. My favorite part of the story has been the dragon element. I think fans of the King Arthur legends will enjoy this new twist. This was my first time reading Susan Kearney's work, and I have to say I really enjoyed it.
jenni7202 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This review was originally posted on my review blog : Falling Off The Shelf.Lady Cael of Pendragon is a high priestess of her people. She is also their healer and the only woman on Pendragon that is forbidden to mate. She is also forbidden to touch or be touched by anyone, and the penalty is death. When a new scientist in search of the Holy Grail is added to the same team as Lady Cael, she is plagued with an overwhelming crave to touch him. She has never felt this way about anyone before, and must do everything to prevent herself from giving in. They're mission is to retrieve the Grail from the city of Avalon, or the world of Pendragon may be at stake.Lucan Rourke has other plans for the Grail. He is on a secret mission from Earth to capture the Grail and return it to it's rightful place, Earth. If he can't follow through with his mission, the people of his planet will become extinct, and he can't let anything get in his way. When he comes face to face with Lady Cael, he becomes overwhelmed with her beauty and grace. He doesn't need a distraction, but she is the most beautiful one that he could have ever received.This is the first novel by Susan Kearney that I have ever read, and a first to her new series, The Pendragon Legacy. I was more than happy to take part in the blog tour for this new release, as I've always been fascinated with paranormal stories involving dragons. What made this story more interesting for me was the fact that not only would I be getting my dragon fix, but I would also get to hear a spin on the legends of King Arthur. I couldn't wait for this book to arrive, and when it did I dove right in.Susan Kearney is a wonderful writer, and her work from this novel alone has me itching to read more. The descriptiveness in this novel made it extremely easy for me to picture everything in my head, and the images I received were amazing. My personal favorites where when specific characters would dragonshape (transform from human into dragon).Although this was a fictional piece, it has one great lesson that we should all abide by. No matter how different a person, you should not fear or discriminate against them. Lady Cael is a beautiful woman, dedicated to her people, people that are extremely devoted to her. Their only failure to her is that they fear her, because she is different. This makes Lady Cael feel alone, and despite her title, she is unhappy with her life.I'm extremely greatful to be one of the few people to have been able to review this novel before it was released. It was a wonderful debut to a new series, and now I can't wait to read the second novel, Rion. Thank you very much Anna Balasi of Hatchette Books for allowing me to participate. Also, I would like to thank Susan Kearney for supplying a wonderful guest post, and writing such an intriguing novel
gaby317 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Synopsis:Set at some future time when the Earth's survival is uncertain, Lucan is forced to travel to a distant planet of Pendragon in his search for King Arthur's Holy Grail. The Grail is the possible solution to the infertility problem that is facing mankind. If Lucan fails, his whole race faces extinction.Lady Cael is the high priestess of Pendragon. Trained in her duties from a young age, Cael has been isolated since her family was forbidden to touch her at age five. She is equally revered and feared by her people because of her properties as a dragonshaper. It is forbidden to touch a dragonshaper. When she first meets Lucan, she is surprised that he is unafraid and treats her like a woman.Lady Cael and Lucan narrowly escape the fire at the excavation site. Unsure of who sabotaged the search for the Holy Grail, Lady Cael and Lucan are forced into hiding. As they work together each with their own secrets, they fall deeply in love. When their secrets are revealed, Lady Cael and Lucan must work together to save those that they love and their threatened peoples.Review:This is the first Susan Kearney novel that I've read and the first in her new series The Pendragon Legacy. I loved Lucan. First, the characters draw you in. You find yourself sympathizing with Lady Cael from the start of the novel. She feels her isolation deeply but is committed to serving her family and her peopled as the High Priestess. You wish that she could have something beyond the Pendragon equivalent of the life of a vestal virgin. I admit to hoping that Lady Cael would indulge in a show of strength or black humor when faced with her jealous and mean spirited sisters. Lucan is a wonderful romantic lead: strong, a scholar of ancient languages, funny, fiercely protective of Lady Cael. I don't want to reveal too much of the plot, but Lucan reminded me of a mix of Luke Skywalker and Indiana Jones with special powers.Whether you're looking for a romantic read or a fun fantasy novel, I highly recommend Lucan. I'm very much looking forward to reading the next in the Pendragon Legacy. In the meantime, I'll look for Susan Kearney's older novels!Publisher: Forever (September 5, 2009), 368 pages.Courtesy of the publisher.
bridget3420 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What would it be like to live knowing that you were destined to spend the rest of your life without a lover? What if you had special powers and because of this you were not allowed to fall in love. This is the future for Lady Cael. Well, that was the path set for her life until she met Lucan.Lucan allows Cael to know what living really feels like. He shows her a life she was not supposed to live. And it seems the more she tries to fight these emotions, the more she feels drawn to Lucan. She is tempted to run away with her love and never look back. Will she live the life set out for her or will she take the reigns and make a future of her own?I've always been a sucker for forbidden passion. This book was so hot I'm surprised I didn't burst into flames.
bookwormygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When the inhabitants of Earth seem to be doomed by infertility, it is up to Lucan Roarke to help find a way to save the human race. He believes that if he is to find the Holy Grail, he might have found just what humans need in order to heal their bodies and help jump start their reproductive systems. If he fails, they face possible extinction.Set some time in the unknown future, Lucan stumbles upon a map that leads him to believe that the Grail is on a distant planet named Pendragon. It takes him several years (including a few to learn their language) but eventually he is able to land there and blend in with the scientists on the planet as an archeologist and Dragonian linguist.There he meets the Lady Cael - the High Priestess of Pendragon. She is revered by her people because of her abilities as a Dragonshifter. From a young age her family sent her away to fulfill her destiny as High Priestess and since then she has never had the luxury of having friends, being close to her family, or even a touching hand. For it is forbidden that she be touched - punishable by death, and she has resigned herself to her life of solitude. That is until she meets Lucan, who not only touches her making her crave things that are forbidden, but who sees and treats her as a woman.Lucan cannot afford the feelings he has for Cael - as he is Earth¿s only hope for survival. But when they must join forces to defeat the Tribes who want to find the Grail and use it for their own evil purposes - he finds that no matter how much he fights it, he will not be able to accomplish his mission without her - although it might mean losing his heart (or gaining one) in the process.This is the first in the Pendragon Legacy Trilogy. The second, Rion comes out in December 2009, and Jordan coming in March 2010. Although at first I was a bit skeptical about King Arthur, the Holy Grail and the whole dragon thing, but once I got past that I truly enjoyed this. Lucan is hawt! And Lady Cael, a simmering little seductress. They are a match made in... heaven space. They had this great relationship with plenty of push and pull and witty dialogue.... oh, and did I mention steaming love scenes. This was a great start to what I¿m sure will be a fantastic series. You already get your introduction to Rion here and from his heroics in this book and what I was able to read of the first chapter from his book - seems like he is quite the catch too. I loved the concept of the quest for the Holy Grail - and I thought it was utterly clever that Ms. Kearney came up with the idea that the Holy Grail has never been found because they¿ve always looked for it on the wrong planet... just priceless. Filled with adventure, mystery, politics, myths, shape-shifting and, of course, did I mention those steaming love scenes... [sighs]. This was a quick, light and fun read that I recommend to anyone who likes their romances with a sci-fi twist , and of course, those steaming love scenes.
cinnleigh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Susan Kearney¿s LUCAN looked interesting and captured my interest with it¿s lovely cover and intriguing synopsis. I figured it would be a cute romance and a nice fantasy with enough action to keep the reader engaged. What I did not expect that a thrilling tale bursting forth from a new take on the legend of the Holy Grail. I didn¿t expect the story, I didn¿t expect the intense chemistry between the characters and I certainly didn¿t expect to be so captivated by this book!Lady Cael lives a sad and lonely life. She is the High Priestess of Pendragon and goes through every day without the touch of a single soul. From the time she was trained to be a Priestess as a young child, it became a taboo to touch her and more than that, anyone found doing so would be put to death. Even her family has a strict hands-off rule. If that wasn¿t depressing enough, try having a sudden and overwhelming desire build up for a man just arrived on Pendragon. He can¿t touch her and yet every fiber of her being yearns for him. Want to talk about romantic tension? Here it is!Earth is dying, or rather, the people on Earth are. Infertility has spread across the planet like a nasty plague and Lucan¿s sister is not immune. After she loses another baby, her twin brother Lucan sets out on a quest to cure her and the other women of Earth. After discovering ancient documents that describe the Holy Grail and where it can be found, Lucan sets off on a trip through space to Pendragon where his fate and that of Lady Cael will eventually meet.I¿ve said it time and time again. Tension makes a story, especially a romantic story. Tension is the element that keeps the reader wanting to turn the pages. When you say, ¿Oh, just one more paragraph/page/chapter,¿ and yet you just can¿t seem to stop at that mark, that¿s tension at play. A book with no tension has no way to grab on to the reader and pull them in, gripping like some fierce magnet. I am thrilled to say that the tension is definitely present in LUCAN. Kearney does an amazing job of making the story easy to read and engaging while at the same time keeping it from getting too heavy. There is such a thing as too much tension, in my opinion. Tension should rise and fall like a wave; constant high tension is bound to wear the reader out. Kearney is obviously a master at this ruling aspect of writing because the tension just felt perfect through the story.Just as it is hard to watch a romantic scene between two actors on television when they have no chemistry, it¿s equally hard to watch a romantic scene between two characters in a book when they have no chemistry. In some aspects I think that writing a romance might be harder than filming one because you have to create the chemistry and I don¿t think that is a natural talent for everyone. Again, Kearney surprised me with the romantic touch she gave to her characters. With the obvious forbidden attraction between Lady Cael and Lucan aside, the characters still maintained a wonderfully bit of chemistry between them. While reading, I constantly pictured Cael and Lucan as two magnets drawn to each other. Kearney¿s work her definitely helped to make the story for me and has created a romance that will appeal to many.Lastly, I have to discuss the overall plot of this book. I think it was a brilliant idea to combine a story that usually deals with knights, castles and a semi fantasy based reality with a complete departure from reality. We have the legend of the Holy Grail in the same story as space travel and shapeshifting High Priestesses. Awesome! Kearney¿s beautiful writing would have in and of itself drawn me in to the story, but it was the story that she fashioned that made this a success in my eyes and will most likely become a success everywhere else.Fair warning time: There are adult themes and adult scenes within the pages of LUCAN.I obviously have to give top marks to LUCAN. This was a wonderful book that I would be thrilled to read over and over. I have a feel it wo
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Ztarina More than 1 year ago
You can only suspend disbelieve so far. When the characters themselves cannot maintain the fiction that they hold their beliefs to be true, well, then I can't stand the dysfunction! Basically, the heroine is supposed to be this inviolate holy figure. However, within the first couple of pages she is already panting for the hero--a Earth man seeking an Arthurian legend on her home planet--and breaking her life-long held taboos. It only gets worse from there. I will give her points for finally have a male character leaving the planet earth and meeting an alien. However, it is the only creative feature and it cannot redeem the inane plot, lack of character development and thoroughly exasperating knowledge that she is writing more of these things. It would be better to go do your laundry than read this book.
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