The Garnetsword by Caroline Aubrey
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (228 pages)
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Fuchsia
She was a widowed warrior, reluctant heir to a divided throne, thrust into a rescue mission that brought her deep into the heart of enemy territory. But Aurora Carreon, Lady Grayslake, seeks not to avenge her husband’s death at the hands of their enemies, but to spread a message of love and forgiveness in the foreign lands adjacent to her home.
Rebel, soldier, fighter, lover: Jedren tribal resistance fighter Ardan of the Wolf Clan serves his tribe well, fighting for survival in a hostile land between two hostile rulers. A cold, calculating strategist, he is also a man of intense emotions: passion, anger, love, and hate. When he captures Lady Grayslake, the beautiful, fierce warrior elicits a desire he thought long dead and gone.
Two sworn enemies. Desire born out of hatred and distrust. When Aurora is captured and taken deep into enemy territory by the man who murdered her husband, will she fulfill her mission of love and peace, or will she give in to the dark desires elicited by the touch of her greatest enemy, who took from her the one man she loved most of all?
Aurora had a love so deep not even death could lessen it's passionate hold. This character suffered a fate that romance readers dread, the loss of her true love. But this love and this heroine were strong enough to overcome and fate had a surprise in store for us readers and Aurora.
I must admit that I usually stay far away from any book that remotely resembles a historical, but I'm really glad that I chose this review. The writing was wonderful and the story even better. At times I found myself as conflicted as Aurora and I wondered how we could ever find a happy resolution. Stories that keep me on the edge are the best kind, and this one delivered.
If you enjoy a story that steps outside the bounds in order to stay true to the vision, a story that doesn't cater to what is expected, a story steeped in angst and a passion stronger than death then by all means check out The Garnetsword.