When Rowena is abducted from Arizona and taken back to medieval Land's End, one thing is clear: she must learn to control her powers of magic. It isn't easy being a modern girl in an archaic land, and when Rowena accidentally conjures up a Roman Legion in mid-battle, Land's End is on the brink of a war that could jeopardize everything and everyone she loves.
The stakes are raised when the Dark Lord reappears and traps Rowena in a cyclone of lust and passion. Once again she is torn between the man she loves and the mage who fires her desire.
Book 2 in the Land's End series.
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About the Author
Melodie Campbell experienced a personal best this year when Library Digest compared her to Janet Evanovich.
Melodie got her start writing comedy, so it's no surprise her fiction has been described as 'wacky' and 'hilarious.' In 1999, she opened the Canadian Humour Conference.
She has over 200 publications, including 100 comedy credits, 40 short stories and 4 novels. Her work has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Star Magazine, Canadian Living Magazine, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, The Hamilton Spectator, Over My Dead Body, Flash Fiction Magazine, and many more. She has won 6 awards for fiction and was a finalist for both the 2012 Derringer and Arthur Ellis awards.
Melodie was invited into the Toronto Press Club in 1994. There is no truth to the rumour that she once did a somersault off the Press Club billiard table.
By day, she is the Executive Director of Crime Writers of Canada. She lives in Oakville, Ontario, Canada with her family and giant Frankenpoodle.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the second in the Land's End series. In the first we learned that Rowena, or Row as she is usually referred to, discovered a portal in her classroom when two men in medieval clothing suddenly appeared through the wall of her classroom, witnessed by both Row and her grad student Kendra. So begins this extraordinary adventure of magic and time travel, because the next time, Rowena is whisked through the wall into a medieval world of lusty men. A witch's curse years before caused no baby girls to be born henceforth. Obviously, with no women in their country, this young, hearty female immediately gets the attention of every male in Land's End. But it turns out that Rowena's mother was originally from Land's End and is in fact, a princess, and she had escaped through a portal, married and gave birth to Rowena. A fact that Rowena never knew. Now with child, and living in Scottsdale, Arizona with Kendra and two medieval knights she pulled through the time portal, all is not well in paradise. Her partner Thane from Land's End is getting restless. As new King of Sargon, he blames himself for abandoning his troops, he feels a sense of separation from himself, a man out of time. But Kendra has a plan to interest Thane and Richard. A medieval festival has come to town. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? They can join the revelers wearing their own armor and the girls their dresses from Land's End, but can they pull it off? Their men don't even speak English, a fortune teller has given Rowena a special charm, one she has seen before in Land's End and there is magic in the air, sensed by Row. This second book is more magical and possibly even more unique than the first, and that is really saying something! Melodie writes full out imagination, action and humour. I love her method of story-telling. A new portal opens as Rowena and Kendra are walking down the street. A confused Gareth steps out and takes Rowena back through this portal, leaving the rest behind. But what's this? Gareth is not in Land's End! Rowena is alone and the portal has closed. She has also torn another dress, a very common occurence in the life of Row. Fortunately, when Thane, Richard and Kendra finally manage to appear, Row will soon meet Kendra's friend, the wizard Val, who is an expert tailor among other magical things and will hopefully be able to keep Rowena dressed! There is much more magic in this second book as Rowena begins to learn what she is capable of. Her mother had been a witch and, so it appears, is Rowena, though as yet she has a lot to learn. Studying a book of spells, she inadvertently conjures up a complete Roman army in mid-battle. Not only that, but they are from another time again. There is so much new and different in this second book, a shorter read but full from cover to cover. A lot is explained, a lot is unexplained, and I look forward to the next installment! How will she return the Romans? How will she rescue Gareth from the in-between, or can she? How can she avoid the pull of Cedric's magic? Will her unborn baby be safe in this world? So many questions. Melodie Campbell will have her hands full in writing Book 3, but she is definitely up to the job. Such wonderful creativity, humour, and magic has gone into this series, and historically she has obviously done a great deal of research.
Melodie Campbell has sent Rowena back to Land’s End in Rowena and the Dark Lord. We meet up with some old friends, notably Rowena’s lovers, and make some new friends, notably Roman soldiers from even another era. They intertwine to give us a fun look at both Arizona and Land’s End. “The world in between Arizona and Land’s End was a world I had never paused long enough to view. Previously, the portal had sucked me up and spit me out on the other side, without much time for sightseeing in between.” The adventure starts when Rowena is dragged through the time travel portal and transported to Land’s End from Arizona. She meets up with Cedric, the Dark Lord, learns about her magical powers and conjures up a whole Roman Legion. She is accompanied through this adventure by a wolf named Loki, her horse, Lightning, Richard, and Kendra, her friends and Thane, a former (and present? lover, as well as several other people. Where will she end this adventure and who will be with her at the end? You must read this rollicking adventure and be transported with her. I personally enjoyed a genre that I don’t normally read, so I can unconditionally recommend it to readers who like time travel and a really fun read. Melodie Campbell started her writing career with comedy and has progressed to hilarious fiction writing. She has over 200 publications, including 100 comedy credits, 40 short stories and 4 novels. She is the Executive Director of Crime Writers of Canada. She lives in Oakville, Ontario, Canada with her family and giant Frankenpoodle. She has won 6 awards for fiction and was a finalist for the 2012 Derringer and Arthur Ellis awards.
My review: I loved the first book and I definitely enjoyed this one, too! Melodie's writing is very good. It is easy to read, it is filled with fanciful characters, it's funny and it's interesting. She never loses your attention and keeps you imprisoned from the first page until the end. Plot: Rowena is back from Land's End in Arizona, but she is taken back to Land's End quicker than anticipated. Back in Land's End she needs to come in terms with her magical powers to protect herself and the ones she loves and after she finds more of her family and witches, she learns and grows stronger. Never mind that during the learning process she conjures up a Roman Legion to Land's End which makes the whole situation even more complicated as it already is with all these hunky men around her. I can't describe enough how much I enjoy Melodie's writing style. It's like a fresh breeze during hot weather. She puts a lot of creativeness into her stories and spices it up with twists and turns and keeps surprising you. She makes you laugh, she forces you to think, she gets you to raise your eyebrows in surprise more than once, her writing is utterly entertaining and positive! I also loved that in Rowena and the Dark Lord there were two point of views - Rowena's and Kendra's. The change between these two flowed very smoothly and both of them were clearly different and noticeable. Characters: Rowena is still Rowena - fun and flirty, with the exception that she makes wiser decisions in this book, she seems matured. I think it is because she is pregnant and needs to protect not only herself but also the baby from the evil forces of the Dark Lord. I can't help but liking the antihero of the book - the Dark Lord. I have a special weak spot for him, because he is charming and would do absolutely anything to keep Rowena for himself. I admired that. If you leave Rowena and her friend Kendra aside, the book is filled with testosterone and lots of men! Boy was I glad to see Lars the Viking! He is probably my favorite guy next to Thane in this book. Generally: Rowena and the Dark Lord is not only a perfect summer read, it is also very romantic, entertaining, funny and fanciful! It's a perfect book escaping from the reality. I highly recommend it!