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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (July 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425196151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425196151
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lynn Kurland is the USA Today bestselling author of Stardust of Yesterday, A Dance Through Time, This Is All I Ask, The Very Thought of You, Another Chance to Dream, The More I See You, and If I Had You. She is also a contributor to The Christmas Cat, Christmas Spirits, Veils of Time, Opposites Attract, and A Knight’s Vow anthologies. A full-time writer, she lives in the Pacific Northwest.
Patricia A. McKillip is a winner of the World Fantasy Award, and the author of many fantasy novels, including The Riddlemaster of Hed trilogy, Stepping from the Shadows, and The Cygnet and the Firebird. She lives in Oregon.
Sharon Shinn is a journalist who works for a trade magazine. Her first novel, The Shapechanger's Wife, was selected by  Locus as the best first fantasy novel of 1995. She has won the William C. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer, and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has lived in the Midwest most of her life.

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NYT bestselling author Claire Delacroix always loved stories, both telling them and hearing them. She sold her first romance novel - THE ROMANCE OF THE ROSE - in 1992 and has published over fifty romance novels since. She writes in a variety of subgenres, including time travel romance, historical romance, medieval romance, fantasy romance and fantasy with romantic elements. She has also written under the names Claire Cross and Deborah Cooke. She makes her home with her family, a number of incomplete knitting projects and a lot of overgrown houseplants. Claire loves to travel, to cook, to ride her bike and to read.

Claire is currently writing the True Love Brides Series, which began with THE RENEGADE'S HEART. These are paranormal medieval romances set in Scotland and continue the story of the eight siblings at Kinfairlie. THE BEAUTY BRIDE, book #1 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie trilogy of medieval romances, introduces the family. THE RENEGADE'S HEART is Isabella's story and THE HIGHLANDER'S CURSE is Annelise's story. THE FROST MAIDEN'S KISS will be next in the series and will be Malcolm's story.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By j.m.s on June 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
I got this primarily because Lynn kurland's story was the prequel to her Star of the Morning fantasy/romance triligy. I would have been happier if Lynn had put the short story on her website or let us download it or something because paying 14 for this leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Sometimes I think publishers ask writers to contribute to an anthology because of their name alone and Not on whether they have any talent for short story writing. Lynn does, as she's proven time and again, but the others don't have a clue.

Lynn's story is very much like her longer books: cheery, clever with likeable characters and a plot that leaves you smiling at the end.

Patricia's story, I have to admit, I didn't finish. When the main character (an artist whose lusting after his good friends wife) paints a mouth on an unfinished painting that everyone would 'know' was the wifes and it starts talking to him, I stopped reading. It was just too creepy for me.

Sharon's story wasn't...too bad. It wasn't all that good either. First off, it's a story about teenagers. The main characters are 18 and 20. And both of them aren't particularly mature for their ages. It took me a few pages to figure out that this is a parallel universe story in which angels are just another race on earth. Most of the story revolves around the political situation and family tensions of the girl. Occaisionally the male angel pops in (this pretty much qualifies as the 'romance' in the story). It was boring, lack-luster, frustrating and read more like an introduction prologue than a story all it's own.

Claire Delacroix's story was dark, depressing and creepy.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
Patricia McKillip. Artist Harry Waterman feels like a failure because he lacks a muse to motivate him. That changes when Medusa calls him from a painting he drew. She plans to inspire him by pointing to a model Jo who vanished.
Lynn Kurland. Using a cloaking spell, part Elfin Maher flees from her father because she refuses to wed her sire's choice of a spouse for her. Her father Robert wants to forge an alliance with Hagarth through his daughter. She refuses and seeks the help of King Harold to learn how to use a book of spells she possesses. However, her father insists she is a valuable asset to further his ambitions.
Sharon Shinn. In Samaria, Jesse the fallen angel desires the young Manadavvi woman who returns his love. However, her mother insists her family is too important to have her marry a loser insisting the daughter will wed into a wealthy family or the next Archangel.
Claire Delacroix. An elderly woman overhears two gossips discuss Melusine, a demon who chose to live in the mortal world to cast her evil influence on Raymond who she married and had ten children with him. The old woman informs the two women that Melusine came to this world out of love for Raymond. Is she a malevolent devil or a female in love?
All four well-written romantic fantasies contain solid lead characters though in a couple of the tales the antagonist pales in comparison. Sub-genre fans will appreciate the quartet as all fun to read.
Harriet Klausner
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 27, 2004
Format: Paperback
Because Claire Delacroix and (especially) Lynn Kurland have been two of my very favorite authors for many years, I had been waiting many long months in anticipation of the release of this book. I was so very, very disappointed. To be totally honest, the first story (The Gorgon in the Cupboard by Patricia A. McKillip) was the only story I read in its entirety. And that was only because I forced myself. As for the other three, I read as much as I possibly could of each one, but refused to force myself to finish them, since reading fiction is supposed to be an enjoyable pasttime. (You should know that I am an avid reader who very rarely wastes a book by not finishing it.) The thing these four stories have most in common is that they make the reader feel like they came in in the middle of the story, and were never given enough information to catch up, get truly immersed in the story, or feel like they were part of the story. If I could give it a zero star rating, I would. But since I do not have that option, I assign it one star. I guess the only favorable thing I can say is that the book did have a pretty front cover.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Shimmertje on December 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
It's easy to get misled by the cover, which says these are stories of fantasy and romance. People will buy the book for either the fantasy or the romance, or perhaps both, and be disappointed that it's not all of one or the other, or a mix.

I'm familiar with Delacroix and Kurland from the romance world, McKillip and Shinn from the fantasy world, and didn't expect McKillip and Shinn to be writing the romance stories, and Delacroix and Kurland to attempt something more in the fantasy side of things.

I liked the snappy conversation from the Gorgon (McKillip), though yeah, it's pretty unbelievable that the hero manages to call her up from practically nothing. And it would've been really nice if they did live happily ever after.

Kurland's story is not her usual fare, and I'm not surprised at the one-star ratings for her. The fairytale mode did pall, and more emphasis could've been placed on the 'present' instead. I did like the ending, though I'm not sure how sequels (this story is stamped 'prequel' all over) will read.

You really need to have read Shinn's angel series to appreciate her story. It's not supposed to be blasphemous and is a welcome addition to the entire series.

Delacroix' Melusine story was my least favourite. It was a good attempt at dark fantasy but entirely too depressing and I wanted happy endings.

Romance readers are likely to be disappointed that the stories don't follow the usual 'and they met their princes and lived happily ever after' formula, but keep an open mind.
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