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Lord Of Legends (Nyt Bestselling Author) Mass Market Paperback – March 24, 2009
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Forced to take the shape of a man, a unicorn struggles to survive in late Victorian England in this involving but overwrought paranormal romance. American heiress Mariah Marron weds the earl of Donnington after a brief courtship. Unaware that her heritage is part supernatural, she has no idea the earl selected her for nefarious magical purposes. She soon discovers a half-naked man locked in a small cell on the earl's estate and befriends him, naming him Ash and helping him learn to speak. Ash falls in love with Mariah, but as he regains his memories of being unicorn king Arion, he decides to betray her in order to return to his magical land. The story unfolds with twist after twist until the convoluted climax descends sharply into absurd melodrama. (Apr.)
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Susan makes her home in New Mexico, the "Land of Enchantment," with her husband, Serge, her dogs, Freya, Nahla and Cagney, and her cat, Jefferson. Susan's interests include music (just about any kind), old movies, gardening and getting out into nature. She also bakes a mean chocolate cake.
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Top Customer Reviews
However, I felt that this book lacked substance and believable plot -- especially towards
the end of the book. I thought the Hero was not much of a hero; others seemed to have
more power and ability than he did. Also, the unfolding of the plot proved to be weak
and totally lacked believability! It seemed as if the author reached a point where she
just wanted to wrap up the story. The ending was forced, stilted -- ridiculous, really.
Disappointed in a weak story line that could have been a wonderful fantasy read! We know
our women are strong; let's have heroes that are strong and powerful!
Arion is the king of the Unicorns. He has no memory, the iron around him has harmed that part of him, and any part of him that touches the bars is burned. He must learn who and what he is, then why he has been imprisoned.
Mariah took care of her mother until she died. She had heard voices and seen things others did not see, so she was sent to an insane asylem. Mariah begs her father to let her dying mother stay at home and let Mariah take care of her. He agrees if Mariah will marry his choice she can take care of her dying mother. His choice is Lord Donnington. They leave for England and they are married there. Mariah is left in the country where she finally finds the hidden prisoner during one of her long walks. She doesn't know who he is but he looks exactly like her husband and she thinks he is locked away because he is insane. She has great sympathy for those like her mother. Mariah finally must enlist the aid of her husband's brother, St. John, or Sinjin as he is called.
The story is driven by Ash's attraction to Mariah. Mariah has a great attraction to Ash as well. She is part of the fairy world because one of her ancestors must have been one of the fane. I liked the way the story moved and revealed the secrets that control both of them.
I enjoyed the book and recommend it.
Lord Donnington traveled to America to woo Mariah Marron. But no sooner did he carry her back to England and marry her did he leave her and on her wedding night at that without consummating the marriage vows. It's when Lady Mariah Donnington stumbles across a prisoner on the Donnington estate who bears a striking resemblance to her husband that the real mystery begins.
Caibre is seeking Mariah as a bride, but using Arion to draw her closer to Tir-na-Nog so that he may keep her prisoner. As Arion's attraction becomes stronger, he finds it harder to deceive Mariah. The story is a tangled web of love, deceit, and facing your fears.
I was drawn to this book for two reasons. First, I was looking for a paranormal romance that was unique. What sealed the deal was the book's cover. I hate to be so shallow, but this one would have been hard to resist no matter what the content. Lucky for me, the inside was as good as the outside.
The plot was suspenseful with lots of secrets held by all, the romance sensual, and the sex scenes, while few, were in harmony with the plot and Mariah/Ash's relationship. While reading Lord of Legends, the one theme that kept resonating within my mind first from Mariah's, then later Ash's actions, was sacrifice. When you truly love someone; family, friends, lovers or spouses what would you be willing to give up for their ultimate health and happiness? Give up your freedom, chances at marriage, could you even turn your back on them and let them go? Tough questions that Susan Krinard weaved beautifully into the story. Looking forward to the next installment that tells Sinjin's story.
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A bit too slow (some parts) but enjoyable nevertheless.Read more