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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Love at Stake series comes a novel of the Embracedan epic tale of two star-crossed lovers destined for doomor desire…
Growing up on the Isle of Moon, Brigitta knew that she was born with the magical powers of the Embracedeven if she did not know how to wield them. But she has finally learned the truth: Brigitta is the lost princess of the kingdom of Tourin. She was sent into hiding as an infant to escape the wrath of her half-brother, the king. And now he knows just where to find her. . .
Rupert is a notorious pirate and sorcerer. He’s spent most of his life plotting revenge on the evil kingand Rupert believes that Brigitta could be the key to finally destroying his enemy. But what begins as a kidnapping of the innocent beauty escalates into something deeper, and more passionate, than either captor or captive could have imagined. Rupert soon vows to protect Brigitta against the kingbut will they survive long enough to find their happily-ever-after. . .or does fate have something else in store?
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"I cannot play," Brigitta told her sisters as she cast a wary look at the linen bag filled with Telling Stones. Quickly she shifted on the window seat to gaze at the Great Western Ocean. The rolling waves went on for as far as she could see, but her mind was elsewhere. Calm yerself. The prediction will ne'er happen.
At dawn they had boarded this ship, accompanied by Mother Ginessa and Sister Fallyn, who were now resting in the cabin next door. This was the smallest vessel in the Eberoni Royal Navy, the captain had explained, sturdy enough to cross the ocean, but small enough to travel up the Ebe River to the palace at Ebton. There, they would see their oldest sister, who was now the queen of Eberon.
According to the captain, Queen Luciana had intended to send more than one ship to safeguard their journey, but at the last minute the other naval ships had been diverted south to fight the Tourinian pirates who were raiding villages along the Eberoni shore. But not to worry, the captain had assured Brigitta and her companions. Since the royal navy was keeping the pirates occupied to the south, their crossing would be perfectly safe.
Indeed, after a few hours, it seemed perfectly boring.
"If we don't play, how will we pass the time?" Gwennore asked from her seat at the round table. "'Twill be close to sunset afore we reach Ebton."
"I wish we could wander about on deck," Maeve grumbled from her chair next to Gwennore. "'Tis a lovely spring day, and we're stuck down here."
Sorcha huffed in annoyance as she paced about the cabin. "Mother Ginessa insisted we remain here. I swear she acts as if she's afraid to let anyone see us."
"Perhaps she fears for our safety because we are Embraced," Gwennore said.
Sorcha shook her head. "We're safe now in Eberon."
But only in Eberon, Brigitta thought as she studied the deep-blue waves. Being Embraced was a death sentence anywhere else on the mainland. The other kings abhorred the fact that each of the Embraced possessed some sort of magical power that the kings, themselves, could never have.
When Brigitta and her adopted sisters were born, the only safe haven had been the Isle of Moon. They'd grown up there in the Convent of the Two Moons, believing they were orphans. But almost a year ago, they'd discovered a shocking truth. Luciana had never been an orphan.
Since then, Brigitta had wondered if she had family somewhere, too. Had they hidden her away or, worse, abandoned her? She feared it was the latter. For in all her nineteen years of life, no one from the mainland had ever bothered to contact her.
You are loved, she reminded herself. She'd grown up in a loving home at the convent. Her sisters loved her, and she loved them. That was enough.
It had to be enough. Didn't it?
Sorcha lowered her voice. "I still believe Mother Ginessa knows things about us that she won't tell."
Brigitta silently agreed. She knew from her special gift that almost everyone was hiding something.
"Let's play the game and let the stones tell us," Maeve said. "I need to do something. This cabin is feeling smaller by the minute."
Brigitta sighed. Sadly enough, this was the largest cabin on board. Captain Shaw had lent them his quarters, which had a large window overlooking the back of the vessel.
The ship creaked as it rolled to the side, and Sorcha grabbed the sideboard to steady herself.
"Have a seat afore ye fall," Gwennore warned her.
"Fine." Sorcha emptied the oranges from a brass bowl on the sideboard, then plunked the bowl onto the table as she took a seat. "Let's play."
Brigitta's sisters gave her a questioning look, but she shook her head and turned to gaze out the window once again. It had been twelve years ago, when she was seven, that Luciana had invented the game where they could each pretend to be the Seer from the Isle of Mist. They'd gathered up forty pebbles from the nearby beach, then painted them with colors and numbers. After the stones were deposited in a bowl and covered with a cloth, each sister would grab a small handful of pebbles and whatever colors or numbers she'd chosen would indicate her future.
"We'll just have to play without her," Sorcha grumbled. A clattering noise filled the cabin as the bag of Telling Stones was emptied into the brass bowl, a noise not quite loud enough to cover Sorcha's hushed voice. "Ye know why she won't play. She's spooked."
Brigitta winced. That was too close to the truth.
She could no longer see the Isle of Moon on the horizon. As the island had faded from sight, a wave of apprehension had washed over her, slowly growing until it had sucked her down into an undertow of fear and dread. For deep in her heart, she believed that leaving the safety of the convent would trigger the set of events that Luciana had predicted.
But how could she have refused this voyage? Luciana would be giving birth soon, and she wanted her sisters with her. She also needed Mother Ginessa, who was an excellent midwife.
"I'm going first," Sorcha declared, and the stones rattled about the bowl as she mixed them up.
"O Great Seer," Maeve said, repeating the line they spoke before each prediction. "Reveal to us the secrets of the Telling Stones."
"What the hell?" Sorcha muttered, and Maeve gasped.
"Ye mustn't let Mother Ginessa hear ye curse like that," Gwennore warned her.
"These stones are ridiculous!" Sorcha slammed them on the table, and out of curiosity Brigitta turned to see what her sister had selected.
Nine, pink, and lavender.
Gwennore tilted her head as she studied the stones. "In nine years ye will meet a tall and handsome —"
"Nine years?" Sorcha grimaced. "I would be so old!"
"Twenty-seven." Gwennore's mouth twitched. "Practically ancient."
"Exactly!" Sorcha huffed. "I'll wait nine months for my tall and handsome stranger, and not a minute more." She glared at the colored stones. "I hate pink. It looks terrible with my freckles and red hair."
Maeve's eyes sparkled with mischief. "Who said ye would be wearing it? I think yer true love will look very pretty in pink."
"He's not wearing pink," Sorcha growled.
"Aye, a lovely pink gown with a lavender sash," Gwennore added with a grin.
"Nay, Gwennie." Maeve shook her head. "The lavender means he'll have lavender-blue eyes like you."
"Ah." Gwennore tucked a tendril of her white-blond hair behind a pointed ear. "Could be."
"Are ye kidding me?" Sorcha gave them an incredulous look. "How on Aerthlan would I ever meet an elf?"
"Ye met me," Gwennore said. "And apparently, in nine months, ye'll meet a tall and handsome elf in a pink gown." She and Maeve laughed, and Sorcha reluctantly grinned.
Brigitta turned to peer out the window once again. Over the years, the Telling Stones had proven to be an entertaining game. But then, a year ago, something strange had happened. Luciana's prediction for her own future had actually come to pass. She'd met and fallen in love with the tall and handsome stranger she'd foretold in specific detail, using the Telling Stones. And if that hadn't been amazing enough, she'd become the queen of Eberon.
Eager to experience something equally romantic, Brigitta had begged her oldest sister to predict a similar future for her.
A mistake. Brigitta frowned at the churning ocean.
Blue, gold, seven, and eight. Those had been the stones Luciana had selected. Blue and gold, she'd explained, signified the royal colors of the kingdom of Tourin. Seven meant there would be seven suitors to compete for her hand. And eight ... in eight months, Brigitta would meet a tall and handsome stranger.
The eight months had now passed.
She pressed a hand against her roiling stomach.
When they'd boarded this morning, she'd quickly assessed the captain and his crew. None of them had struck her as particularly tall or handsome. Captain Shaw was portly, bald, and old enough to be her father.
As for the seven suitors vying for her hand, she had initially been thrilled, considering the idea wildly exciting. But when her sisters had likened it to her being a prize in a tourney, she'd had second thoughts.
Why would seven men compete for her? She had nothing special to offer. Even the gift she possessed for being Embraced was hardly special. And did this contest mean she would have no choice but to marry whichever man won her? The more she'd thought about this competition, the more it had made her cringe.
So, five months ago, she'd played the game again, hoping to achieve different results. But to her shock, there had been four stones in her hand.
Blue, gold, seven, and five.
Had some sort of mysterious countdown gone into effect? Reluctant to believe that, she'd attempted the game again a month later. Blue, gold, seven, and four. Alarmed, she'd sworn never to play again.
But one month ago, Sorcha had dared her to play, taunting her for being overly dramatic. Those words never failed to irk Brigitta, so she'd accepted the dare. With a silent prayer to the moon goddesses, she'd reached into the bowl, swished the pebbles around, and grabbed a handful. And there, in her palm, four stones had stared up at her.
Blue, gold, seven, and one. A fate was shoving itself down her throat whether she liked it or not.
And she did not.
Brigitta had been raised on the Isle of Moon, where women were free to determine their own futures and everyone worshipped the moon goddesses, Luna and Lessa.
It was different on the mainland. Men were in charge there, and everyone worshipped a male god, the Light. Luciana had been fortunate to find a good man who respected her independent nature. As king and queen, they had declared it safe to worship the moon goddesses in Eberon.
But it was not that way elsewhere. In the other mainland kingdoms, Brigitta would be executed for making the sign of the moons as she prayed. Executed for being Embraced. So why did she keep picking the blue and gold colors of Tourin?
And why would seven suitors compete for her? She glanced at her sisters. Sorcha had always seemed the strongest, with a fiery temperament that matched her fiery red hair. Gwennore had always been the smartest. Maeve, the youngest, had always been the sweetest. And Luciana — now married — had been their brave leader. Brigitta had never been quite sure where she fit in.
Gwennore, with her superior intellect, had always been the best at translating books into different languages. Maeve had excelled in penmanship, and Sorcha in artwork. Luciana had been good at everything.
But Brigitta ... the nuns had despaired with her. When transcribing a book, she could never stay true to the text. A little embellishment here, a tweak there, and eventually she would take a story so off course, it was no longer recognizable. This, of course, upset the nuns, for their male customers on the mainland were paying for an exact copy of an old tale, not the romantic fantasies of an overly dramatic young woman.
Whenever the nuns had fussed at her, her sisters had come to her defense, insisting that her story was much better than the original. And each time the nuns tried to use Brigitta's overly dramatic mistakes for kindling, her sisters always managed to rescue the pages and give them to her. They'd even begged her to finish her stories about dashing young heroes, so that they could read them.
Brigitta adored them for that. She'd do anything for her sisters, including this voyage to Eberon that she was so afraid would activate the events she'd been dreading.
She shifted her gaze back to the rolling motion of the ocean, and her stomach churned. Did a person's destiny have to be set in stone, in this case the Telling Stones? This was her story, so why couldn't it be one of her making? Surely she didn't have to stick to a text that had already been written without her consent. Couldn't she be the author of her own destiny?
"Ye should watch the horizon, not the waves," Maeve said as she sat next to Brigitta on the window seat. "'Tis a sure way to make yerself ill."
"Oh." Brigitta turned to her youngest sister. "I didn't realize ..." Her stomach twisted with a sharp pain, and she winced.
Gwennore gave her a worried look. "Ye look pale. Would ye like some bread or wine?" She motioned toward the sideboard and the food that had been left for them.
Brigitta shook her head. Perhaps if she sat perfectly still for a few moments, the nausea would pass. "Did ye finish playing the Game of Stones?"
"Aye," Maeve answered. "Didn't ye hear us giggling?"
Brigitta groaned inwardly, not wanting to admit she'd been too engrossed in her own worries to pay her sisters any mind.
"My prediction was the best," Maeve continued. "In four years, I'll meet a tall and handsome stranger with green teeth, purple hair, and three feet."
Brigitta wrinkled her nose. "Ye call that handsome? How can he have three feet? Does he have a third leg?"
Maeve waved a dismissive hand. "We didn't bother to figure that part out. But he is taller than most."
"Aye." Sorcha snorted. "By a foot."
Maeve grinned. "As ye can see, the game is nonsense. Besides, I have no desire to meet any man, no matter how tall or handsome. I plan to live the rest of my life with all of you at the convent."
"Aye," Sorcha agreed. "I'm not leaving my sisters for an elf in a pink gown. 'Tis naught but a silly game."
"Exactly." Gwennore gave Brigitta a pointed look. "So ye shouldn't believe anything the stones say."
They were doing their best to relieve her fear, Brigitta realized, and as her heart warmed, the ache in her stomach eased. "Thank you. What would I do without ye all?"
The ship lurched suddenly to the right, causing Brigitta and Maeve to fall against the padded wall of the window seat. The oranges rolled off the sideboard and plummeted to the wooden floor. Empty goblets fell onto the floor with a series of loud clunks.
Sorcha grabbed on to the table. "What was that?"
Loud shouts and the pounding of feet sounded on the deck overhead.
"Something is amiss," Gwennore said as she gazed up at the ceiling. "They're running about."
Maeve peered out the window. "I believe we made a sudden turn to the south."
"That would put us off course," Gwennore murmured.
The door slammed open, and they jumped in their seats.
Mother Ginessa gave them a stern look, while behind her Sister Fallyn pressed the tips of her fingers against her thumbs, forming two small circles to represent the twin moons.
"May the goddesses protect us," Sister Fallyn whispered.
"Stay here," Mother Ginessa ordered, then shut the door.
"What the hell was that?" Sorcha muttered.
A pounding sound reverberated throughout the entire ship. Thump ... thump ... thump.
"Drums." Gwennore rose to her feet. "The sailors beat them to set the pace. They must be using the oars."
"Why?" Sorcha asked. "Is something wrong with the sails?"
Gwennore shrugged. "I suppose we need to go faster. Perhaps we're trying to outrun another ship, but there's no way to know unless we go up on deck."
Sorcha slapped the tabletop with her hand. "Why do we have to stay here? I hate being in the dark."
Brigitta clenched her fists, gathering handfuls of her skirt in her hands. The prediction was coming true, she knew it. Her stomach roiled again, and her heart thudded loud in her ears, keeping time with the drums.
Thump. Thump. Thump.
The drums pounded faster.
Beads of sweat dotted her brow, and she rubbed her aching stomach as she rose shakily to her feet. "The fate of the Telling Stones has begun."
"Don't say that." Gwennore shook her head. "Ye cannot be sure."
"I am sure!" Brigitta cried. She'd had eight months to consider this fate. Eight months to prepare herself. "'Tis happening now. And I will not remain hidden in this room, meekly accepting a future I do not want. I'm going on deck to face this me self."
Sorcha jumped to her feet. "That's the spirit!"
"Aye." Maeve ran to the bed where they'd left their cloaks. "And we will go with you!"
They quickly slipped their brown cloaks over their cream-colored woolen gowns.
Gwennore rested a hand on Brigitta's shoulder. "Ye don't look well. Are ye sure ye're up to this?"
Nay. Brigitta drew a deep breath. "I have to be ..."
"Aye." Gwennore gave her a squeeze. "Ye'll do fine."
"Come on!" Sorcha opened the door, and they filed into the narrow passageway, then climbed the steep wooden stairs to the deck. When they pushed open the door, it bumped into a dog that had been sitting in front of it.
"Julia!" Maeve cried out when she spotted the shaggy black-and-white dog. "It is you, aye?"
With a low growl, the dog backed away.
Excerpted from "So I Married A Sorcerer"
Copyright © 2017 Kerrelyn Sparks.
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She did it again! This book was amazing I love this series ; i k want the third boom to be out already
The Embraced series from Kerrelyn Sparks brings us into a new world, with multiple gods, kings, beliefs and superstitions. In this second book we reencounter Brigitta, an embraced born on the solstice of the two moons, and raised on the Isle of Moon with others who share her unique gifts. From the start, Brigitta is suspicious of prophecies and fortelling, and wants nothing more than to join her ‘sister’ and her husband before her sister has her baby. But, all is not to go smoothly, as the ship is waylaid and the only way Brigitta can see her sisters safe is to offer herself captive to a notorious gang of pirates, led by the Sorceror Pirate Rupert. Rupert was born embraced, and betrothed as a young boy to the infant Brigitta, before treachery and violence took his family and security. Forced to hide and run for years, he honed his own talent as an Embraced, and learned to best control the winds: using that power to amass ships, crew and the loyalty of many in the small coastal towns. He’s focused on two things: foil all plans that Brigitta’s half-brother Gunther have for maintaining the throne and using her to keep power, and destroying all things held by Gunther that were stolen from him. From the start, the attraction between them is electric – Brigitta finds that with every touch she discovers more of Rupert’s pain, and he can’t figure out just why he wants her so badly. When you add in their own slow reveals as we discover who they are, Brigitta’s fierce determination to do what is right, and the amazing world building by Sparks – and the pages just fly by. Add in Sister Fallyn, acting as chaperone but all too concerned with being “ravished’ and her own connection to Rupert’s captain, the layers of this story with new and old characters alike build a world that although unlike our own is completely palpable and tactile, with visual descriptions that bring pictures to mind without a reader’s effort. Best enjoyed and read in order, the world created here is complex and ever-growing, and each of the girls from the Isle of Moon have distinct and unique qualities that only shine stronger with each book. A wonderful installment that has me hoping for the next! I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
* Disclosure: I was given an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. (Although I will be purchasing a print version of this book once it’s published for my bookcase.) Super Fun Read! One of my absolute favorites. I loved this book so much I went out and bought the first book in the series. Not that book two didn’t stand on it’s own. It did, splendidly. But all the secondary characters were so interesting and the hint of their own stories so intriguing that I just had to read more. You can be sure I’ll get each of the following stories as soon as they are available. Brigitta grew up on the Island of Mann. Luckily she had her sisters. Not sisters of blood, but of the heart. They, like herself were left or abandoned at the island’s convent as babes. As the sisters are sailing to visit with their other sister, Luciana their ship is attacked. To keep her sisters safe, Brigitta agrees to go with the Notorious Pirate Rupert. Bringing along her trusty sidekick and chaperone, Sister Fallyn. Who will make sure Brigitta’s virtue is preserved while keeping us in stitches. Lord, or should I say Goddesses, that woman is hilarious. Rupert, or The Notorious Pirate Rupert as he’s called by most, or Horrid Rupert as he’s called by Brigitta, and The Dread Pirate Rupert as I can’t help but call him. This book has that fun quality of The Princess Bride so every time I read Pirate Rupert, I hear The Dread Pirate Rupert. Luckily it doesn’t distract from the book. Rupert has kidnapped Princess Brigitta to get revenge against her brother, the Turian king. Yep, she’s a princess. Who knew? Not Brigitta, but Rupert and her brother, King Gunther did. It seems now she’s to be a pawn in their ongoing battle, where Rupert steals from the Turian King, then the king throws a tantrum. This story has lots of twists and turns that keep you guessing. The world building is excellent, the story is well thought out and seamlessly woven with a balanced mixture of tension, humor, and romance. I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed reading this book. It’s one that I will go back to over and over in order to visit with the fun yet complex characters in Kerrelyn Sparks world of the embraced. I give this book my highest rating, “Bookshelf Space”. If you like The Princess Bride you will definitely want to get a copy of this book. Also if you like paranormal romance, fantasy, or you just like a really good read. This one has it all. **Bookshelf space = I’ll give the book one of the coveted yet limited spots in my bookshelves.
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** So I Married a Sorcerer by Kerrelyn Sparks Book Two of The Embraced series Publisher: St. Martin's Press Publication Date: August 29, 2017 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): Growing up on the Isle of Moon, Brigitta knows nothing of her past, except that she is Embraced: born with powers that forced her into hiding. Everything changes when she learns she’s a princess, hidden away from her villainous half-brother who now rules the kingdom. But he knows about Brigitta, and he’ll do anything to get her back. Unless a certain roguish pirate has anything to say about it… Rupert is both an infamous pirate and a sorcerer with the power to harness the wind. He’s been waiting nineteen years for revenge—and he needs Brigitta to get it. What begins as a kidnapping of the fiery beauty turns into a fierce attraction. But can he win the captive princess’s heart? What I Liked: So far, this series has been a delight. I can't remember the last time I had so much fun reading a fantasy/paranormal romance novel! I mean, I'm sure I've read fun ones in the past, but somehow, this series seems to stick out to me. I adored How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days, and I am happy to say that I loved this companion sequel just as much! This book follows Brigitta, one of the five orphans at the convent on the Isle of Moon. Luciana is now a queen, living with her husband the king and pregnant with twins. The other three girls, including Brigitta, are on the way to visit Luciana and Leo, when their ship is taken over by the military. As it would turn out, Brigitta is a hidden princess, and her half-brother (a king) wants her to to come back to the kingdom. Brigitta hands herself over to pirates (who were lying in wait) in order to save her friends and in order to be safe from her half-brother's military. The pirates are commanded by Rupert, a wind sorcerer who is bent on getting revenge on Gunther (Brigitta's half-brother). Brigitta is now Rupert's captive, but Rupert finds that he doesn't want to use her for his vengeful means. Brigitta knows she should despise the pirate, but the rogue is not as dastardly as his pirate's reputation would make him out to be. There is something more to Rupert, something beyond his pirate lifestyle and Embraced abilities. Rupert is hiding something that could change his and Brigitta's lives forever. The best way to describe this book is fun and romantic. It has such a light tone to it, and it's also so sweet and occasionally steamy. There were many times when I chuckled out loud, and sighed, and smiled. This is a romance novel that you don't have to be in the mood to read. It is drama-free, angst-free, etc. Such an enjoyable read! Brigitta is the type of heroine that I would love to be friends with, in real life. I can see parts of myself in her, so I relate to and understand her (even though obviously we have such different lives, ha!). She is kind, selfless, and sweet, and innocent in many ways. But she is also fierce and loyal and determined. She isn't totally strong-willed and kickbutt and gutsy like many of the heroines we see in romance today. I respect those heroines, but I love this different type of heroine. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
A Great Series. I was a First Read Winner of this book and I really liked it, though somebody has to tell me how you make the sign of the moons with your hands? That always seemed a mystery to me, and no doubt its really simple and I am overthinking it. I liked the characters and the plot line, and even though this is the second book in the series I never felt lost, though I did struggle a bit with all the different names of the kingdoms. But besides that it was very entertaining with lots of action and betrayal and some steamy love making. Can't wait to see what will happen next.
Really enjoyed So I Married a Sorcerer. Different intriguing paranormal romance. Brigitta and Rupert are great together even through they started out as enemies. Love the story line, full of drama,intrigue,suspense,drama,humor,pirates,shifters. A magical urban fantasy with great romance and passion.Some of the characters from the first appears in this book also. In all a great book,really enjoyed it.
Must read. Love the sisters
I loved this book! I enjoyed the first book in the series, How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days, so I was really excited to start reading this book. This book was just as good as I had hoped it would be. Once I started reading it, I didn't want to put it down and ended up reading almost the entire novel in a single day. I didn't want it to end because I was having such a good time getting lost in this magical world. This really was a joy to read. Brigitta and her sisters from the Isle of Moon are on their way to be with Luciana. During their travels, their boat becomes a target and Brigitta learns that she is actually a princess. She ends up on Rupert's pirate ship along with a nun to act as her protector. Rupert is a pirate and is known as a sorcerer. He has the power to control the wind which turns out to be rather handy while at sea. I really liked Brigitta and Rupert together. They just clicked right from the start. They had a lot of things in common and just seemed to connect with each other and had a lot of chemistry. Their relationship did move pretty fast but it worked with in the context of the story. I loved that Brigitta and Rupert had equally exciting backgrounds and I wanted to keep learning more about each of them. This book was incredibly exciting to read. There were a lot of scenes that were just filled with action. I loved how Brigitta and Rupert's special abilities were described in this story. I wouldn't have imagined how exciting the power to control the wind could really turn out to be. This book really does a little bit of everything with some really funny moments worked into the story and a pretty entertaining secondary romance. I would highly recommend this book to fans of paranormal romance. While I do think it is possible to read this book as a stand alone novel, I think this series is best enjoyed in order. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in this delightfully entertaining series. I received an advance reader edition of this book from St. Martin's Press.
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!! ***I choose what I read and review based on what intrigues me!! Yes, I got a review copy of this book, but no one tells me what to think, feel, or write about any book! I’m getting the paperback!!! The cover is a work of art! This is the 2nd book in the series, and it was just as awesome on book 1! While you don’t have to read them in order, I highly recommend it because everything is just better when you know the history! This book is for adults only due to the steamy content, and beware this sorcerer will bewitch you! Kerrelyn Sparks is one of my favorite authors! You might wonder why I don’t have more reviews of her work. I’ve loved her work since before I started reviewing especially the Love at Stake series! I need to go back and read them and write reviews, but there are so many amazing books releasing daily that I haven’t had a chance yet! This book is Brigitta’s story which started when Luciana makes a prediction from the Telling Stones in the last book. Brigitta and Sister Fallyn go on an adventure at sea. I love Brigitta’s feisty personality! Rupert is like Robin Hood, and that’s all I’m going to say about that! Rupert and Brigitta make a great team together even when they don’t see it! This book has action galore and so much adventure that I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait for the next book! I highly recommend to anyone who read book 1 and like it, but I think any paranormal fan will enjoy this book because it has shifters, visions, magical powers, competition, and so much more! I love this series!
Kerrelyn Sparks is one of those authors that when you pick up one of her books, you know ahead of time that you are going to enjoy your romantic journey. This is another you can add to the collection. I received a free Advanced Reader Copy from the publisher to read before hand and I squealed like a little girl because the whole idea of this book was so neat to me. The humor was fantastic and had me belting out laughs at the responses from the one nun, she is a nutter. The heroine is strong, but a little young and naïve as she should be for her age. Um, PIRATE SORCERER, hello ... how cool does that sound? The characters are strong and it is all taking place in a world that you can feel is progressively developing throughout the book. Connections are being made in different countries that have been at war, and there is like a super villain about. This is actually the second book in this series, The Embraced, which is all about the special individuals who are born on the twin moon eclipse and have special powers. You can read this book without reading the first in the series and be able to follow along with the main chain of events. I didn't read the first book, but I am going to once I catch up on my list of to-read books. I love the idea of the fortune telling stones, and how they can link to the rest of the series. Like the next book, you are totally sucked into wanting to read that after this one. This fantasy world has elves, dragons, pirates and evil murdering kings. Sounds accurately like a fantasy world. I did wish that there was more world building, but again I did read an ARC version so maybe that had changed. I wanted to feel more immersed into the world, but I was fully invested into the characters so in my opinion that balances out. That's my only negative feedback, I enjoyed everything else about this book.
Vivid detail, a rich storyline and characters to swoon over. That is what I think of this series it is amazing. The author continues The Embraced series with another hit. This series is full of women who become stronger as the book progresses but each has just enough weaknesses to make them believable for their era. In this book Brigitta is the main female character and her greatest strength is protecting others. The reader will feel compassion for decisions she makes and how she finds her strength to follow through with her convictions. She has a certain tentativeness that she tries to hide in her bravery that is enchanting. Let's not forget the tortured handsome sexy alpha man to make all woman swoon. Rupert is just yummy. It's not just his looks but the way his brain thinks is attractive and noteworthy. I felt his character was enduring and how he fought to help others was portrayed with finesse. His struggle to be a good person yet get his revenge is portrayed so the reader can feel all his struggles and angst throughout the book. Author Kerrelyn Spark's is a remarkable storyweaver that keeps me coming back to see what will happen next. I am looking forward to her next book to this series. I give this 5 STARS for satisfying all parts of my mind. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Brigitta is orphaned and gifted and does not know her heritage. Rupert was born with a special gift and is more than a mere pirate. He falls in love with Brigitta and she with him. Sparks does a great job creating a whole new elaborate world. The story had a great happily ever after and the characters are well-developed and lovable. I love that Sparks made Rupert vulnerable with the don’t ever leave me. This book is highly recommended and has an amazing HEA.
I have read all her books and I love the new one embraced ,she mixes humor,adventure , and keeps u on the edge of u r seat cannot put her books down.
So I Married A Sorcerer By Kerrelyn Sparks This is the second book in The Embraced Series. Brigitta grew up on a convent on the Isle of Moon surrounded by her sisters. She along with her sisters have powers that they must keep hidden. They are called The Embraced. Brigitta has a destiny that is yet to be revealed. As she and her sisters sail to join her sister Luciana as she gives birth, they are captured by the famous pirate Rupert. Rupert is also Embraced, he is a wind sorcerer and he is determined to get revenge for what happened to his family at the hands of Brigitta’s father. He wishes to take back what was stolen from him, the throne, and to be a good and just rul.er for his people. He kidnaps Brigitta to make her half -brother return the throne to the rightful heir, him. As Brigitta sifts through the layers that Rupert is hiding, she realizes that he is an honorable man who only wants the best for his people. Soon, neither can stay away from the other. This story includes finding out who Brigitta really is, a contest to win her hand, finding the true ruler of the kingdom and true love. There was also a second love story as we see Sister Fallyn who is Brigitta’s chaperone, find her own love story with Stefan, the captain of the ship. Their relationship is very sweet and funny I really enjoyed this story. You have pirates, secret princesses, contests to win the hand of the princess, and finding true love. The secondary characters also have secrets but are funny as well and I look forward to seeing them again in later stories in this series. I had a hard time putting down this book. Looking forward to the other books in this series. Received this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
Ms. Sparks is truly a rare gem in a treasure trove of many worlds of words. She does it again with Brigitta and Rupert's story. The banter and tension between these two create such a climatic relationship one can't help but feel connected to them that you can't stop reading. I admit Brigitta's tale wasn't one of most anticipated as she wasn't one of my favorites from the beginning but she fully redeemed herself by the end of this story. Rupert just had my heart from the start. Now I can't wait to what's next for the sisters and how Brodie plans to thwart the Chameleon! Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for allowing me to review this!
Who knew pirates can be so sexy, especially the ones with revenge plans in mind? Oh, who am I kidding I have fallen in lust with our Embraced Male MC as he delivered this cocky line – “Then you wrap your legs around me and squeeze me tight”. No it’s not what you think it is, although… maybe. As that friend who always makes a sexual innuendo out of the most benign things, Rupert’s quirkiness was a favorite of mine. This is the second book in Kerrelyn Spark’s The Embraced Series and I think it can be considered a standalone. Although the Embraced “Sisters” of the series are very close so they appear in each other’s books, Kerrelyn makes sure to spoiler-free catch us up/refresh our mind about the events of the previous book. I do love when authors don’t completely write off the previous characters, as I always want to find out more (and we do in this one). I have not realized how much I have missed Leo and Luciana (How To Tame a Beast in Seven Days) until they popped up. The best part is that the story does move through multiple POVs with our 2 main MCs being front and center. Rupert and Brigitta’s story I felt moved at a quicker pace than book one in the series. Reason why Kerrelyn’s writing is the best, while there is quick wit and humor there is quite a lot of action happening. Rupert was born with special powers of controlling and summoning wind (or Embraced as it is known in land of Aerthlan), which makes for a perfect aide to being a pirate. Think of him as Robin Hood of the Sea, I do! He might have other kingdoms hunting for him, after all he is considered an outlaw, but he does have ‘good’ motives behind his actions. Even if some of them are very questionable, such as kidnapping Brigitta off the boat, whilst revealing she is a princess. Surprise… but not really. We as readers have pretty much figured out the real identities behind the convent “sisters”. As mentioned previously, the story is full of action as we find out more about Rupert and his motives for his profession. Brigitta does play a huge part in the story and thankfully Kerrelyn is not into writing meek little women characters who faint at every turn. Brigitta while having spent most of her life in an all woman convent surely gives as much as she gets when it comes to interacting with handsome pirate after her heart, unknowingly that is. The ending was certainly full of excitement and set up a great story for the next book. Think Dragons. So if you are having those Game of Thrones withdrawals… GREAT NEWS! you won’t have to wait until 2019, just pick up Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon releasing in Spring of 2018.
Another amazing story in this second book in the Embraced Series. Kerrelyn Sparks really knows how to write a very adventurous love story that made it so hard for me to put down until the very end. Action packed adventure filled with handsome pirates, lost prince and princesses, evil kings, secrets and conspiracies, shape shifters, dragons, and cool powers. This story has it all. I really love all the magical qualities in these stories and the new world she has created. This story reads kind of like a historical romance but still has a contemporary feel to it. I'm not sure if I'm describing it correctly but bottom line is that it's an amazing story. I totally fell in love with Rupert and Brigitta. Individually they were great but together they were absolutely wonderful. Loved their characters and how their relationship developed. There were many emotional parts that really added to the storyline and really wonderful secondary characters. I seriously am in love with this new series and I can't wait to read more.
Brigitta, knew she was one of the Embraced, but she never imagined she was actually the lost princess of the kingdom of Tourin. When she found out, she was being taken by ship to meet her brother, the king. However, she didn’t plan on being kidnapped by the famed pirate Rupert. Rupert is also an Embraced, a powerful sorcerer who can control the winds. He kidnapped Brigitta to finally get his long-awaited revenge. He just didn’t count on his attraction to her. This is the second book in the new Embraced series by this author. I loved that we were able to see the characters from the first book as well as the other Embraced that I assume will have their own books. I loved Brigitta’s bravery. Everything she tries to do to help Rupert and avoid a war, especially in a world she doesn’t know and has very little control. My heart cried for Rupert. He had been through so much that you wanted him to succeed in his revenge. I did like the new side characters and liked learning some of the stories of the sisters. However, while I liked Sister Fallyn in the beginning and found her amusing, towards the end, her paranoia started getting on my nerves. Other than that, everything was well written and I really liked the introduction to another kingdom. I highly recommend to anyone that likes this genre. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
This was a highly entertaining book and I'm kicking myself for passing up book 1. The covers didn't really snag my attention. It took reading a few glowing reviews to get me to try this book and I am so glad that I did. This is one of those cases to not judge a book by it's cover. There is so much going on in this book. It had a little bit of everything from action adventure, fantasy world building with a taste of historical romance. It was fast paced and had great character and plot development. I loved all the many characters we get introduced to that leaves me hoping there will be quite a few books to come in this series. While this book was romantic it wasn't heavy on couple time, but that is to be expected from a series that has so much going on in it. It was such a fun, light read that I think this could easily be recommended to everyone who loves fantasy/paranormal. I will be anxiously waiting for book 3! ARC provided by NetGalley.
'So I Married a Sorcerer' by Kerrelyn Sparks is Book Two in "The Embraced" Series. This is the story of Brigitta and Rupert. Brigitta along with some other young girls were brought to the Isle of Moon when they were very young. This was their save haven from trouble that was looking to find them. They all became 'Sisters' and lived at the Convent of the Two Moons. Now in their present day they are traveling aboard a ship to visit with their 'Sister" Queen Luciana who found her happy ending and now is about to give birth. Along with the sister traveling with them is Mother Ginessa. Brigitta is unsettled by a predication that her and her sister found out about in the Telling Stones they created. It tells that Brigitta will meet seven suitors in eight months and it revolved around the Royal Colors of Tourin. Well the time frame is here and Brigitta is worried for her future. When the ship they are on is stopped buy the Royal Navy Guards of Tourin Brigitta knows something is wrong. When confronting Mother Ginessa...she finally tells her that She/Brigitta is a Royal Princess of Tourin. And that her half brother Gunther is looking for her. We learn that Gunther is not a good person and that he killed the Brigitta younger brother and rightful Heir to become the King. Rupert spies on Gunther and learned that he was looking for his sister that everyone thought was dead. Now Rupert to is looking for her and he arrives at the ship about the same time as Gunther's men. But Rupert is looking for revenge and Brigitta is the key. Rupert met Brigitta before when she was a baby and even then she had a calming effect on him which appears she still effects him. I loved the first book in this series and this book didn't disappoint either! I truly enjoyed their story and hope to read more in this series soon. I am so curious about each sister and their stories. "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
Growing up on the Isle of Moon, Brigitta knows nothing of her past, except that she is Embraced: born with powers that forced her into hiding. Everything changes when she learns she’s a princess, hidden away from her villainous half-brother who now rules the kingdom. But he knows about Brigitta, and he’ll do anything to get her back. Unless a certain roguish pirate has anything to say about it… Rupert is both an infamous pirate and a sorcerer with the power to harness the wind. He’s been waiting nineteen years for revenge—and he needs Brigitta to get it. What begins as a kidnapping of the fiery beauty turns into a fierce attraction. But can he win the captive princess’s heart? Review: A little fun, a little sexy, a little action = a great book! I liked this book as much if not more than the first book and I really liked the first book in the series. This time around we have Brigitta who is kidnapped on the way to see her sister by the dreaded pirate Rupert. So I feel I am giving away things by relaying the plot, ugh but here I go...stop if you don't want to know ahead of time...... Turns out everyone is after Brigitta because she is the long lost sister of King Gunther. Plus, she was betrothed at birth to Ulfrid, son of the ruling King at the time. Brigitta's father does some horrible things and Ulfrid goes into hiding. 19 years later, her brother wants her back and Rupert, who is Ulfrid wants to use her to get the thrown back. All kinds of action ensues, high seas and land both. Really the book is full of things going on, pirates, sorcerers, Hunger Game like competitions, over-throwing governments, dragons....you see, all kinds of things. It doesn't make sense when I say it like that but it is a very cohesive story with lots of twists and turns. I really liked Rupert & Brigitta's romance, it has a slow build-up because they both have trust issues and makes total sense for them and their romance. She was raised in a nunnery, she is not going to just jump into bed with someone. The ending of the story was very satisfying, though the one thing I will say is that Gunther sure does change his tune when he is dying. It seems a little odd compared to him through the rest of the book. Otherwise excellent story! Cannot wait to see what happens for the next couple. 4.5Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
After reading and loving the first book of the series I was excited for this next installment and it didn't disappoint. Sparks truly knows how to bring incredible characters and fascinating places to life. In a world where it doesn't always pay to be different you'll root for the heroine and hope she wins in the end. Filled with laughter, tears, and love; immerse yourself in a tale of a pirate looking for revenge but finding an everlasting treasure in the end.
What a great addition to the series!!! This book drew me in right away and kept me up all night reading til I just now finished. It was charming, sweet, angsty, romantic, a bit humorous, and a touch of action thrown in to keep me happy! I really liked how it was written with dual POVs. I just love being able to see both sides of the story. I loved Brigitta's character's strength, courage, wit, kindness, boldness, and loyalty. Once she realized the kind of heart and man Rupert was, she began to trust him and help him with his life's mission. Rupert's past broke my heart. All that he had lost at such a young age and all he had to endure....gah!! It just made me love him because he turned out to be a wonderful man!! I admired his strength, courage, bravery, nobleness, sexiness, and compassion. I'm glad he followed his gut and heart, trusting in Brigitta because he deserved to be happy. And what/how he treated his enemy at the end?! Man!! Was NOT expecting that!! I so can't wait until book 3, Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon, is released! This is my honest review for receiving this ARC from NetGalley. Thank you Kerrelyn and NetGalley!
I absolutely loved this book! Briggita is captured by the pirate Rupert in is attempt to avenge his family’s deaths. However, he’s not at all what she thought a pirate would be like. He’s a Wind Sorcerer and uses his skills to defeat his enemy while at sea. Rupert’s plan is to take over the country that was brutally stolen from him and his family. While doing so he didn’t expect to feel such a strong connection to one of the people he should hate. Briggita is a strong determined woman who showcases her individuality as well as wisdom and ability to solve puzzles at every turn. Rupert is hard pressed to stay away from her. This story kept me engaged the entire time and I never wanted to set it down. There was always something new around the corner, another hurdle for this couple to overcome or mystery to solve. I enjoyed getting to know both of these characters separately as well as together as a couple. Fast paced, full of quick wit and interesting secondary characters, I fell in love with every word in this book. ARC provided by NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press Dual POV Safe Triggers – no actions taken but some talk of taking the heroine against her will – very minor.
Rating: 3.5 stars Kerrelyn Sparks sure knows how to spark one’s imagination with her interconnected, intricate plots that unfold in each of her stand-alone but on-going “Embraced” series. Though I had some writing issues with this new to me author in the first book, the multi-paranormal concepts in this particular series keeps me coming back for more. I definitely felt the writing and large cast of characters were more enjoyable this time around, but I must confess at times it felt overly l-o-n-g. At almost 500 pages, I can’t shake the feeling the tale might have better been told in only about 300 pages or so. If you don’t mind a leisurely pace, you may feel differently. The first portion set the stage well, had great character development, main couple chemistry, and featured quite a bit of action and drama. However, it was the sea voyage that supposedly only lasted a fews days but felt like months had me impatient for the characters to do more than just walk back and forth between decks noticing one another. By 60% I felt anxious to see the pace pick up. Around 75% into, I found myself once again trapped into waiting day by day for a week long event involving villainous sub-characters I had no interest in to get over with so the main couple’s relationship would give me what the title promised. At least some of their large posse of friends were around to lend assistance and diversion. For me a big highlight was whenever the main couple used their special paranormal gifts, especially Rupert’s when he became agitated/irritated. I kept picturing Captain Hook from the tv series Once Upon a Time (played by Colin O’Donoghue). This handsome, good guy pirate hero struggles with fulfilling what he vowed to do years ago to avenge his family vs being the man he knows he needs to be to keep his damsel in distress, lady love in his life. As someone who doesn’t mind seeing villains killed off, I found it rather sappy and unbelievable how quickly a switch was flipped and all seemed to be forgiven towards someone who did not deserve it. If you are looking for a leisurely paranormal read that has a medieval era feel, you may want to travel along with Rupert and Brigittia as they embrace their destiny and fight off an evil foe to be together. I am looking forward to the dragon drama that awaits Gwennore, one of Brigittia’s convent sisters, as she is matched up with a character named Silas. Title: So I Married a Sorcerer, Series: The Embraced (Book 2), Author: Kerrelyn Sparks, Pages: 496, stand-alone but part of a series, pirate out for revenge, sweet/innocent/damsel in distress heroine, both have supernatural powers, a few steamy scenes. Rating: 3.5 stars Book 1 - How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days (Luciana & Leofric), Pages: 396, 3/7/17 Book 2 - So I Married a Sorcerer (Rupert & Brigitta), Pages: 496, 8/29/17 Book 3 - Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon (Silas & Gwennore), 3/27/18 (I received a free advanced reader copy provided via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. No type of compensation was given to this reviewer. There is no relationship/affiliation between the reviewer and the author/publisher/NetGalley.)