by Shari Anton

December 2006
ISBN: 0-446-61755-5
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Mass Market Paperback

England, 1145

Lady Emma de Leon is the daughter of a traitor and has now been “appointed” a ward of the king. Trying to obtain an audience with his majesty to plea for her younger sister, Nicole, who was sent off to an Abbey, Lady Emma was finally able to sneak in to court. Emma is startled by what she is witnessing; a commoner has just been accused of murdering a noble. This is the man who has plagued Emma’s visions since she was a young girl. Not knowing for sure that the man’s claims to be innocent are true, Emma steps forward, and at the price of her own freedom and that of her sister’s declares the man could not have been at the scene of the crime; Emma alleges that he was with her….all night!

Stunned by the noblewoman’s pronouncement that she had spent the night with him, Darian of Bruges is even more shocked when the king decrees that he must wed Lady Emma de Leon! A mercenary by trade, Darian is now the focal point of a huge royal plot and does not need the added complication of a wife, especially one descended from Welsh royalty! Heeding his liege lord, Earl William’s, advice to take the out Lady Emma has supplied him, Darian begrudgingly agrees to marry her. Darian vows to Emma their marriage is a temporary situation and as soon as he can find out who the real murderer is they will annul the sham marriage. Emma knows Darian is her destiny, her gift of visions has foretold it, but the danger to them both is great. Emma and Darian must flush out the truth behind the plot, and the biggest risk of all is that of their hearts!

Shari Anton continues her Magic series with Twilight Magic sequel to last year's hugely popular Midnight Magic. Lady Emma finally discovers how and why she has her visions and to use them to her advantage. Darian’s skepticism at marrying above his station is quelled when he realizes he can have happiness if he allows the magic of Emma’s love to heal his tortured soul. Appealing characters mixed with high court conspiracy make Twilight Magic a lusty read.

Reviewed in April 2007 by Bonnie.

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