by Patricia Rice

July 2007
ISBN: 978-0-451-22169-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Mass Market Paperback

Author Patricia Rice has given readers plenty of magic in her books. Her battles between the enchanted Malcolm and Ives families were a hit with readers for several years, and her contemporary Carolina series kept fans enthralled. Now she is embarking on a new series centered in the mystic Isle of Aelynn, where the residents have magical abilities. They have lived a peaceful existence, undetected by the rest of mankind, for centuries, cloaking their island from discovery.

While the people of France suffer under the excesses of Louis XVI, discontent is stirring. Soon the country will be embroiled in a revolution that will change the country forever. For Mariel St. Juste, change cannot happen quickly enough. Her sister, due to deliver a baby any day, needs food. Her village needs help. When a golden visitor arrives, Mariel hopes he is the savior that was foretold to them. If he has been sent to save them, why is he turning his ship away from the harbor and sailing away? Mariel must find a way to stop him.

Trystan l’Enforcer is ready to return home. He misses the gentle shores of Aelynn and hopes that his traveling days are over. He plans to marry and take his rightful place on the Council, where his role as Guardian can do the most good. He does not involve himself with the rest of the world’s problems. He has enough to do keeping Aelynn safe from discovery. Even the dark beauty beckoning from the shore cannot lure him back. He is headed home.

Readers will be entranced by this new series. Mystic Guardian offers plenty of fantasy and romance as we learn more about Mariel and her unusual abilities. Every glimpse into the island and its inhabitants is alluring, and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for the next book.

Reviewed in July 2007 by Paula.

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