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Amber the Untouched is a Learned (sorceress with some Druidic magic) woman. Her talents are similiar to a touch empath. When she touches a person she feels and sees their memories, which is often cripplingly painful for her. As a result she doesn't let anyone touch her and she earns the nickname of Amber the Untouched. At her birth was a prophecy predicting that she would one day lose her body, heart, and soul to a man who would bring her only death. The day comes when an injured man is brought to her with no memory. When she touches him his touch brings an ecstatic pleasure she has never before known. Concerned she recognizes that this is the man foretold at her birth who would bring about her doom. Unable to help herself, she continues to heal him and they soon fall in love and eventually they marry. But as the man she calls Duncan's memories begin to return she realizes that its highly likely that he is the man known as the Scots Hammer. He is an enemy to her people and would-be murderer of the man she loves like a brother Eric, the lord of the surrounding lands. When Duncan's memory returns he realizes his lack of knowledge has led him to betray his liege lord the Glendruid Wolf Dominic and go back on his betrothal to Ariane, a norman noblewoman. His love for Amber turns to hatred because she knew his identity and kept it from him; causing him to break sworn vows. He seeks to annul their marriage and instead marry Ariane. But he cannot let Amber go and decides to keep her for his mistress. But Amber feels Ducan's hatred each time he touches her and its like a thousand tiny cuts to her soul. Soon her soul will bleed to death and she will be no more unless Duncan will acknowledge his love for her and put aside his hatred.
This book made me cry it was so sad in places, and made me angry at the hero in the end for his complete unrelenting stupidity. It also didn't make much sense to me why he refused to be with Amber. Especially, at the end when the Lord he swore his oath to, Dominic, said it was okay if he was with Amber; allowing him to break his previous bethrothal to another woman. Even with Dominic's blessing Duncan still won't be with Amber which I thought was stupid when the whole reason he hates her is because she caused him to go back on his oath to Dominic in the first place. So if the Lord, who he respects and owes loyalty to, agrees he should marry Amber, then what's the problem? But Duncan remains thickheaded and stubborn until he loses Amber. Personally, I thought he should have lost her permanently since he was so stupid, but they end up living happily ever after; which I thought was a bit too trite and pedestrian. It would have been much more tragic and heart wrenching (and well deserved) if Duncan had lost Amber forever. Despite the over used happily ever after ending this was a great book full of emotional turmoil. I highly recommend it.