Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Silver Rose by Susan Carroll

"No, Your Grace," Simon murmured. Alarmed as he was at the thought of the Book of Shadows being in the Silver Rose's possession, other equally disturbing thoughts raced through his mind. For a woman who insisted she was not a witch, the queen knew a damnable lot about both the Book of Shadows and what had transpired at the Charters Inn that night. ~ The Silver Rose, page 227 ~

France, 1585. She is the youngest and most powerful of the "Sisters of Faire Isle," women known far and wide for their extraordinary mystical abilities. Skilled in healing and able to foretell the future of those around her, Miri Cheney has returned to her ancestral home to take refuge from a land devastated by civil war ~ and to grieve for her family, driven to exile. But she cannot hide from the formidable new power threatening to seize control of France from Catherine de Medici, the dreaded Dark Queen ~ a diabolical woman known only as the Silver Rose. Miri has no choice but to turn to the one man she distrusts as much as she desires: Simon Aristide, the charismatic witch-hunter who is now himself the hunted, and who has reluctantly made an unholy pact with Catherine. Miri must defy throne and family to save all that she loves most ~ and command a future greater than she could ever imagine.

Another solid story in the Cheney sisters trilogy. This books deals with the power of unconditional love, forgiveness and redemption. Woven throughout the story are characters from previous books that I've come to love and despise. Once again intrigue, mystery, scandal, love, etc. all make appearances. This has been one of the better trilogies I've read in a while. I never felt let down and kept turning pages just to see what would happen next. This author has quickly become a new favorite and her books will go on hold at library as soon as they hit the reserve list.


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