I just finished reading Dianne Duvall’s latest book, A Sorceress of His Own. It’s the first book in The Gifted Ones series. If you recall, Ms. Duvall writes the Immortal Guardians series—oh yes, the very yummy one with Seth and the other Immortals fighting bad vampires in North Carolina.
I must confess that I don’t normally like historical romances. I was hesitant buying this one; however, I was far from disappointed. This story is set in the 1100s (specifically 1198)—not in the society circles in London. Ah,the ton! Yuck (just not my kind of reading).
Since the day Lord Dillon earned his spurs, rumors of his savagery on the battlefield have preceded him into every room, stilling tongues and sparking fear. Weary of battle, he wishes only to find a woman he can wed who will approach him not with fear, but with the tenderness that has been absent from his life for so long. Yet only the wisewoman seems invariably at ease in his presence. Perhaps because she garners the same fear in others that he does himself.
For seven years, Alyssa has been by Lord Dillon’s side, counseling him from the shadows, healing him with her hands, and staving off the worst of his loneliness while his fearsome reputation keeps others at bay. Blessed–or cursed–with gifts that label her a sorceress, she is forced to conceal her youth and the love she harbors for him beneath umbral robes that lead Dillon and his people to believe she is the same aged wisewoman who served his father.
All is revealed, however, and passions flare when an enemy threatens Dillon’s life and Alyssa sacrifices everything to save him. When Dillon discovers that the wisewoman is far from elderly, he is instantly entranced. And, as he and Alyssa work together to defeat an enemy bent on destroying them both, Dillon will risk anything–even the wrath of his king–to be with her.
I loved both Lord Dillon and Alyssa. They both had really big hearts and tried to do the right thing, no matter the obstacle in their path. We also had a Seth and Roland appearance in the story. Yay! I didn’t initially catch it, but Marcus is also in the story so there is a bit of crossover from the Immortal Guardians.
The secondary characters helped the story as well. Robert, Dillon’s brother, ended up being very dedicated to Alyssa once he found out her true identity. Additionally, several of Lord Dillon’s closest warriors protected Alyssa. I enjoyed seeing the change in their opinions toward her.
I don’t want to spoil too much, but Alyssa was gifted with the power to heal. She did so throughout the story, never putting herself first. I loved her dedication to Lord Dillon and his men. There was a nice twist with Camden that I didn’t see coming. The ending rocked! I’m going to share a passage, hoping it won’t give too much away.
At 95%…and yeah, sorry, this is a bit of a spoiler…you’ve been warned!
“Our people have been made well aware of who my bride is and will welcome you with open arms.” Glancing away from her, he muttered, “Or risk losing their heads.”
Amusement rose up inside her despite her concern. He was so protective of her. And so very stubborn. Dillon had decided he would make his people love her, and still seemed to think he could actually accomplish such an impossible feat.
So, my take is this: check it out even if you normally don’t enjoy historical romance. This isn’t your average read. You will find dedicated, selfless characters, fighting for survival and love. You won’t want to put this one down! Oh, and if you haven’t read any of the Immortal Guardians series, you will be fine reading this. But, I highly recommend you check out those books *wink*
Unfortunately, we will have to wait for the next one in the series. Rendezvous with Yesterday (Robert’s story) will be out in Spring 2016.
4.5 stars out of 5