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Passion's Blood: An Illustrated Romantic Masterpiece Hardcover – December 1, 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Medallion Press (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160542062X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605420622
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,726,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"I love this idea . . . I highly recommend this one!"  —Night Owl Romance

"A quick-moving, snappy story coupled with absolutely gorgeous illustrations, this is a volume that deserves to be cherished."  —CK25 Kwips and Critiques

"Very much a unique volume, this book will be right at home on your coffee table or in your romance collection—it's a feast for all the senses!" —

About the Author

Cherif Fortin and Lynn Sanders are accomplished artists and co-owners of Fortin & Sanders Illustrations. Their studio produces world-renowned book cover illustrations, portraiture, and fine art. They both live near Chicago.

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Customer Reviews

The Illustrations in this book are beautiful and the story is good as well.
Kristi Ahlers
A must for any romance reader, a big must for any fan of Cherif and Lynn's artwork as well.
The art photographs which magically blend painting and photography are fabulous.
Diane Stewart

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dreamweaver on March 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have loved books since childhood. All books and all topics. As I grew older and moved on to more adult themes, I began to miss having the illustrations that we all had as children to guide us on our way through the story...until now.
The other night for the first time in quite a long time, I actually sat down with a book and lost myself to the magic that Cherif Fortin and Lynn Sanders created for us.
Not only is this book beautifully written with words that cause your heart to beat faster when you sense the danger that Prince Emric is walking into, but the artwork shows us the full range of human emotions.
From beginning to end, each and every picture that Cherif Fortin and Lynn Sanders gave to us tells a story of it's own. From the beautiful, young Lady Leanna, to the proud Prince Emric, to the bold and brash Prince Bran.
You can see the passion, feel the love, the anger, the despair, the disbelief, the rage and the fear in each and every piece of art.
And as we read further we shed tears over on old soldier, Captain Aelfric, who breathed his last in order to protect his prince and consequently we share the grief with Prince Emric.
As this wonderful tale comes to a close, each and everyone of us waits with bated breath for the Lady Leanna to finally understand what true love really is. It is the Passions Blood of our very existence.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I had this book on order before it was published. I attended the American Bookseller's Show in Chicago and was stunned by the portrait painting Lynn Sanders was doing of Cherif Fortin! Oh yes, I got an autograph from Cherif-and I enjoy having the book and his signed picture on my bookshelf. It was the combination of portrait-quality paintings within a novel, however, that was most intriguing, and it made me rush home and put the book on order! It is absolutely beautiful.

Throughout Passion's Blood, Cherif and Lynn combine a wonderful historical novel with fantastic portrait paintings, quite similar to those old Bible portraits that some of you may remember. Quite simply, I wanted this new, unique book as a keepsake and, what I hope, will be the first in a series of this wonderful step "backward," where the beauty of the printed word is combined with an artistic complement beyond belief. E publishing may be the future; but Passion's Blood shows why we will always cling to the printed book as a unique treasure.

The story is set in the time when property and castles were seized by raising great swords against another. It opens as Lord Gareth and his men fight to save the castle, Gallitain, from Highland warriors. All are killed save the chieftain who is captured by their leader.

Lord Gareth is the father of Lady Leanna, who is betrothed to Prince Emric, younger brother of the Heirs of Kaherdin. And Lady Leanna is with them at Brimhall, when her father and homeland are attacked. Having been sent there for protection, as well as to participate in the Summer Feast, a great event with minstrels and jugglers, Leanna is thrilled to share this time with Emric.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "ladymystical" on November 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The first illustrated romance novel is sure to entertain lovers of medieval and fantasy reading. The writing is a bit more graphic than I usually like, but conveys the realism of medieval war, while the pictures are magical in quality. Ms. Sanders and Mr. Fortin are each a class act and this carefully crafted production is proof. If you enjoyed those wonderful illustrated children's novels of Merlin and other magical characters as I did, this book may fullfill your adult wishes for adventure, with gorgeous visual entertainment as an added bonus.
I am looking forward to the next one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Passion's Blood is the vanguard for a new category in book illustration. A well-written first effort, the choice of language, use of illuminated letters to highlight paragraphs, page layout, and breathtaking 35 full color photographic oils all combine to enhance the feel of a medieval adult fairy tale. The story offers all the timeless elements of good drama and romance: love, passion, sex, doubt, filial betrayal, greed, war, suspense, murder. This unique combination of text and visual beauty results from the joint artistic and literary talents of the book's illustrators, who are also the authors - Cherif Fortin (also the model for the book's hero) and Lynn Sanders. Whether or not you are a romance reader is beside the point, although Passion's Blood is definitely a standard-setting entry into a new sub-genre in the romance field. In the hands of Fortin and Sanders (today's internationally recognized master of photographic oils), Passion's Blood becomes a gift book and necessary addition to any collection of modern art/photography, positioning it as a crossover book with enormous appeal to a wide variety of readers. Even more, it is a superb example of 20th century interpretation of a 600-year old painting technique perfected by such masters as Jan van Eyck (Arnolfini's Bride), that was almost lost after the advent of color film for cameras. As the first in a four-book series, Passion's Blood is a collector's item - either by standards of romance readers or art aficionados - and the series should become a must-have for both sets of bibliophiles.
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