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The Legend. . .
Long ago there lived a group of women known as the Daughters of the Earth, revered for their wisdom and knowledge, skilled in healing and white magic.
But as time passed, they came to be known by a far more sinister term . . . witches.
Ariane Cheney, the Lady of Faire Isle is famed for her mystical skills and keeping her island secure from danger. A difficult task during a time of strife when Catherine de Medici is known and feared by other Daughters of the Earth as the Dark Queen.
One night a wounded stranger arrives on Faire Isle and whispers to Ariane a secret that the Dark Queen would kill to possess. Desperate to keep her home and family safe, Ariane is forced to turn to the one man she dreads.
Justice Deauville, the comte de Renard is a mysterious nobleman, his past as secretive as his supernatural gifts. The price of seeking his help may prove to be a higher cost than Ariane is willing to pay. Nothing less than the surrender of her heart and freedom, for Renard is ruthlessly determined to claim her for his bride.
"A riveting tale of witchcraft, treachery, and court intrigue. Library Journal (Starred review)
"Enthralling historical detail, dark and intense emotions and the perfect touches of the paranormal, (Carroll) leaves readers to savor every word of this superbly crafted breathtaking romance." Romantic Times (Top Pick)
"Ms. Carroll sets the stage well for intrigue and magic spells and draws the reader into her web." The Historical Novels Review.
"Readers in the mood for a marriage plot spiced with magic should find that this one does the trick!" Publishers Weekly.
"A definite suspense thriller and a page-turning read." Bookreviewscafe.com
When a wounded captain of the Navarre army arrives on Faire Isle in 1572 and calls for an audience with Daughter of the Earth (aka healer, or witch) Ariane Cheney, he provokes the wrath of the eponymous queen of France, Catherine de Medici, in this readable historical romance by the author of The Bride Finder. The captain's queen, Jeanne of Navarre, has second thoughts about marrying off her son to Catherine's daughter (a union arranged to smooth troubled Catholic-Protestant relations); the next day, she's dead. Ariane reluctantly agrees to help the captain prove that Catherine murdered Jeanne with a cursed pair of gloves, although the healer has plenty on her plate already, what with caring for her two younger sisters, the innocent Mirabelle and the conniving Gabrielle, and fending off the advances of her new neighbor, the lusty, muscular Comte de Renard. As Ariane investigates the magic gloves, the Dark Queen's soldiers prowl the island, witch hunters seek their prey, Renard woos his reluctant would-be bride with the aid of an enchanted ring and the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre looms. Carroll breaks no new ground in this overlong tale, but readers in the mood for a marriage plot spiced with magic should find that this one does the trick.