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Duality gets one of my highest recommendations. This is the first book in the Guardians of the Light series, and it sets the bar very high. This story takes place in a magical world that will enchant you, while horrifying you with the evil let loose in the land.
Dara has had to conceal her half-dragon mage fighting skills behind the guise of a healer. Now a demon threatens all that she cares for and she must find help, and also learn to use her powers to fight this evil. She finds Lauren who is an Elven warrior prince and a powerful empath. His sentient war mare Hani’ena is able to talk with him telepathically. There are many more different magical beings then I could count in this powerful and compelling tale of danger, death, self sacrifice, and heroism.
Do not let all the action and danger fool you though. Renee has given us a story of deep and abiding love. This was an edge of your seat book at its very best. If the second book was already out, I would already be reading it. Duality is a book that you do not want to miss out on.
HEDDA’S SWORD (book 2 of Guardians of the Light) releases through Samhain Publication 1/6/09
Love will give them strength—or prove to be their fatal flaw.
Guardians of the Light, Book 1
Dara Khan Androcles is really in over her head this time. From childhood she’s been forced to hide her half-dragon mage fighting skills behind a public persona as a healer. Now, with a traitor and his demon threatening the throne of Safehold, Dara has no choice but to turn reluctant warrior—and seek help.
She strikes a bargain with runaway Elven prince Loren ta Cedric and his sentient, pain-in-the-butt war mare, Hani’ena. Loren’s not only too handsome for Dara’s own good, the powerful empath can see right through to the pain that drives her.
Loren can’t help but feel Dara’s every hurt, physical and emotional. Though his need for her drives him half mad, he must stay his course to see justice done for his people. Even if it means swearing a Life Debt to the distracting mortal.
That vow, made in the heat of their parallel quests, carries more power than either of them guessed. The power to bond the unlikely pair as Life Mates. The power to lay bare the fears and desires that could bind them to a single purpose—or tear them apart.
All the while a demon awaits, ready to destroy all that they hold dear.
Contains patricide; noble self-sacrifice; one bad-ass, demon-possessed despot; a bad-tempered dragon; and a water mage who likes to “rain” on her husband’s parade—literally. Downside: A quest for a magic book (written in blood) that nobody wants, and a talking war mare with the warm, fuzzy voice of Judy Densch. Upside: Serious ass-kicking. Be prepared to learn to curse, cry and laugh—in Elvish