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by L.A. Kelly

Category: Fiction / Fantasy
0 pages; ISBN: 0800759990

Rating: 10/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


L.A. Kelly
Revell, Jan 2005, $12.99, 336 pp.
ISBN 0800759990

Tahn kidnaps Lady Netta Trilett from her bedroom, but allows her to scream so that she awakens her family so that they will have a chance to save themselves because someone is going to torch the manor house. Tahn is supposed to take Lady Netta to his master Samis’s fortress but he can’t do that to a woman he cares about, a noble whose husband he killed. Netta fears him until he sneaks into Samis’s stronghold and rescues the children that Saamis took off the streets so that he can train them to be assassins.

She learns Samis took Tahn in as a child as he did many other children, made them fear him and then got them addicted to opium so they would not leave him. He raised a fearsome group of mercenaries who would kill for him.

Baron Trent hired Samis’s men to kill the Triletts because they were in the way of his being crowned king as they are widely beloved for their kindness and piety. Most of Netta’s family died in the fire or were hunted down by the mercenaries. Tahn risks his life to keep the children and Netta safe; he knows Samis’s thugs will eventually kill him, but for love it is worth it even if he believes it is unrequited.

This historical romance is a fascinating work in which even the greatest sinner can be redeemed if he truly repents his misdeeds. Tahn is a tough warrior but also a shy and introverted man who always expects to be friendless and hated because he is an outsider. Netta’s love warms his heart and he realizes that redemption and death are only a heartbeat away. L.A. Kelly writes a beautiful adult fairy tale with a deep moral message.

Harriet Klausner


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