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The Forest Lord (The Fane, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – November 5, 2002

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In an intriguing departure from her popular werewolf romances (Secret of the Wolf), Krinard takes readers to a realm where the Faerie and mortal worlds intersect and spins a darkly magical story of love, betrayal, and redemption. Based on ancient Celtic lore and set in the remote, forbidding forests of northern England, this well-written tale takes a powerful guardian spirit of the forest determined to save his race and a young woman whose innocence has unknowingly been bargained away by her father and gives them a dilemma that only love-and a little bit of magic-can resolve. A cast of exceptionally well-done secondary characters (most notably a villainous aunt and a wise, enchanting child), the excellent use of language, and an intricate, nicely unfolding plot add depth. Although the novel falls firmly within the fantasy romance subgenre, its compelling characters and the universal nature of their underlying conflicts should guarantee an across-the-board appeal to general fantasy fans and other readers. Krinard is a best-selling, highly regarded writer who is deservedly carving out a niche in the romance arena. She lives in Concord, CA.
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The Fairy Folk are dying out, but they're unable to reproduce without a human mate. The Forest Lord captures Cyrus Fleming, earl of Bradwell, who has broken the age-old agreement with the Fane through his neglect of Hartsmere and his killing of the creatures who live there. Fearful for his life, Cyrus agrees to a match between his daughter and the Forest Lord. Eden is flattered by the attention paid to her by her mysterious "cousin." They elope; she becomes pregnant; her "cousin" disappears, and Eden is grief-stricken when her baby is stillborn. Six years later, the Forest Lord returns for his offspring, then is ready to call on all of nature's powers to punish the woman who lost his child. Magical, mystical, and moving, Krinard's book has a surprise villain and a nice twist at the end. Fans of Nora Roberts' Irish trilogy [Jewels of the Sun (1999), Tears of the Moon (2000), Heart of the Sea (2000)] and Karen Fox's Buttercup Baby (2001) will be delighted by this fantasy and its underlying ecological message. Shelley Mosley
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (November 5, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425186865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425186862
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,813,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 2002
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One of the last of Fane, the Forest Lord cannot enter Tir-na-nog until he returns with an heir of his own making. For centuries he has guarded Hartsmere, honoring a long forgotten pact. Then one day Cyrus Fleming, the Earl of Bradwell, enters Hartsmere in search of prey. The Forest Lord threatens to take the bounty and fortune the Flemings have enjoyed unless Cyrus forfeits his daughter. In return, the Forest Lord agrees to wed his daughter for the time a child grows in her body, and then plans to depart for Tir-na-nog with the child. Cyrus agrees, but adds the condition that the Forest Lord must win his daughter's love.
Six months later and desperately in love, Eden elopes with the man she believes to be her cousin Cornelius Fleming. They spend the night together in glorious intimacy, planning to wed the next day. Then Eden overhears a dreadful fight between Cornelius and her father, and she learns that Cornelius does not love her. Worse, she enters the room, and the man that she plans to wed transforms into a monster. Later, she gives birth to a child she believes to have died. Eden then assumes her place in London society in an arranged marriage. Then six years after Cornelius disappeared, Eden returns to Hartsmere a widow, having learned on her husband's deathbed that her child survives.
Fans who love the magic and mystery of Susan Krinard's shape shifter/werewolf romances will delight in this new series of shape shifters who originate in the forests of Ireland. Embodying the timeless theme of Beauty and the Beast, THE FOREST LORD comes alive with truly amazing characterizations. The author's respect for pagan mythology brings the tale a dazzling strength, with endearing, flawed characters that grow and develop in profound ways.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Moe811 on January 6, 2003
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Eden Fleming thinks that she is in love with her cousin Cornelius Fleming. They become engaged she looks forward to her upcoming marriage. She doesn't question him when he becomes impatient and insists that they head for Gretna Green. They spend the night at an inn nearby, where her father catches up to them. She overhears them and finds out that her father has sold her to a man who just wants her to have a child for him to take to his family. She rushes into the room to find out that Cornelius isn't a man at all, but a fairy from the forest near her father's estate. She is horrified and runs away. After the birth of her child, who she is told has died, her father finds a man willing to marry her. As expected, he is not much good and gambles and wenches away all of his money and much of hers before he dies. All Eden has left is the estate where she met Cornelius. She and her aunt move there and find everything in disrepair. She is determined to rebuild her life and her estate. Her late husband told her that her child was alive and miraculously he is at the estate when she arrives. Unfortunately, so is Cornelius, who wants his child and revenge. He now has changed his appearance and goes by the name of Shaw. He finds that he can't be angry at her and is finding that he has very unfanelike feelings for both his son and his mother.
The author has painted a very vivid picture of the time period and the lore of the forest lords. The storyline is engrossing and is resolved nicely in the end. Great story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DiAnn Fields on November 3, 2002
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After reading the first review on this books by a reader in Atlanta, GA - I don't think I can improve on her review.
If you are a fan of romance fantasy/mythology themes, this is definitely the book for you. It is unique to read about a character changing into a "beast" that is not a vampire, werewolf, ghost, demon, etc. I liked being surprised and was a bit horrified by Lord Hern's true form. If you were the heroine Eden and walked in on the man you were going to marry telling your father he had impregnated the night before, threatening your father, and suddenly transforming into a monster in front of you - you would run away like Eden did.
Six years pass before Eden becomes a penniless widow(who was also told her child died at birth) and Lord Hern awakens from his slumber in a grandfather oak. After Eden journeys to a rundown family home to live, Lord Hern takes on the form of Hartley Shaw - who says he works as a servant. Eden does not know that Lord Hern/Hartley is the man she was going to marry(he has changed his appearance) and Lord Hern/Hartley finds out that his son did not die at birth.
All these problems are compounded by Eden's Aunt Claudia, who knows more about the history the two lovers share than she will reveal. Besides being reunited with their son, Donal, Claudia does everything possible to push Eden towards marriage to a wealthy marquess. Nothing is beyond Claudia's schemes and she will do whatever it takes permanently part Eden and Lord Hern/Hartley even if murder is the only way.
The ending is very, very good - several surprises occur which I was not prepared for. Overall, the book is definitely one of my favorites and I have read all of Susan Krinard's books. Her writing style is so refreshing because she always tries to find a different plot/storyline to enchant her readers....A+ for this book!
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