They are cursed by the gods, and war is their salvation. Love is their deliverance.
For centuries, five legendary warriors have braved battles shoulder to shoulder. But now they must divide and conquer as lone champions against evil.
Duncan, a scholar at heart, is drawn to an isolated abbey rumored to hold the answers to countering the terror unleashed by Duke Keirthan. Inside the cloistered walls lies the hidden collection of forbidden lore on dark magic. But the real key to the salvation Duncan seeks—both for the people of Agathia and his soul—is the abbess herself, Lady Lavinia. Hunted by the duke, who seeks to harvest her powers, Lavinia knows Duncan wants to help her. But can she trust the tortured warrior with her secrets?
In the end, it is only by joining forces that they can save not only those they are sworn to protect but each other.
Morgan follows My Lady Mage with a mediocre bridge book. Five damned warriors, brought back to life by their goddess to save the city of Agathia in the few months before the solstice, collect new allies and vague prophetic support for the fight against evil Duke Keirthan's destructive blood magic. Scholar-warrior Duncan travels to an abbey rumored to have forbidden books that could help counter the duke's spells. He falls for the appealingly competent Abbess Lavinia, a powerful mage, while coming to terms with using magic himself. Though readers will enjoy passages about the warriors' tenderness toward their animal avatars and the strong, equal partnerships between the warriors and their lovers, those elements still feel like a sidebar in what is more a fantasy series than a romantic one, and the world-saving plot makes glacial progress toward an inevitable big battle.