Writers Exchange E-Publishing International
Date: February 20, 2004
By Jennakay Francis
is eight months pregnant when her village is destroyed by evil Lord
Rhaeven. She and her fellow peasants are enslaved. As they are being
branded, she uses her magic to shield the others from the pain.
Rhaeven announces that after the baby
is born, Thalassa will be his whore. Her life is a living hell.
The only joy she has is her memories of three wonderful days she
spent with Terran, the only kind man she has ever known.
Elven Crown Prince Terran must have
an heir by year's end lest he forfeit the throne to his younger
brother, Unwin. This would be tragic. Cruel Unwin is not fit to
Terran was betrothed to a woman who was
killed by a stray hunting arrow. In his mourning, he sought oblivion
in drink. Instead, he found comfort in the arms of a beautiful woman
- the woman named Thalassa. Three glorious days they spend together
before she returns to her hometown and a loveless marriage.
Terran leaves the kingdom seeking
Thalassa. He finds her village destroyed. An eight-year-old girl
named Vaoni is the only survivor who escaped capture. Using his
magic, Terran discovers that Thalassa has been captured by Rhaeven.
He must find refuge for Vaoni, and then free Thalassa.
Terran places Vaoni safely in
the custody of a clergyman and heads off to free Thalassa. His horse
refuses and returns to Vaoni. The preacher is selling Vaoni to a
vile man. When his wife begs him not to sell the child, he cruelly
assaults her. Terran rescues both the woman and the girl. Now with
two helpless people in his charge, Terran sets out to rescue his
gives Thalassa a servant boy named Eri. Together, Thalassa and Eri
plan an escape. Eri kills Rhaeven's brother in a scuffle. Now they
have no choice. They must immediately attempt their escape, two
slaves against Rhaeven's great army.
This book is well paced and
interesting. The characters are well rounded. I hope that some of
the secondary characters will have stories of their own. This is
a good book.