by Madeline Hunter

January 2002
ISBN: 0-553-58355-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Bantam Books
Mass Market Paperback

Morvan Fitzwaryn's campaign to regain his lands in Scotland brings Ian of Guilford, a knight in Morvan's service and known as the Lord of a Thousand Nights for his success with woman, to the walls of Black Lyne Keep. An estate originally owned by Morvan and now kept and defended by the late Robert of Kelso's young widow, Lady Reyna Graham.

Reyna, a well-read woman with a very shady recent past and no actual knowledge of the real world, finds herself held prisoner by Ian after her failed attempt on his life and her subsequent escape. Ian, introduced in The Protector and there already stealing scenes, a second son and battling his own demons, doesn't fail to be attracted to Reyna, who turns out to be the key to everything he ever wished for: love, acceptance and land.

Of course it takes both Ian and Reyna several attempts on their freedom, their life and their honor to realize their good fortune. The marriage of convenience they are forced into by the visiting Morvan Fitzwaryn and David de Abyndon and their respective wives, greatly helps this realization along. The ensuing battle of their wills and the threat of outside forces told by a great storytelling talent make this book well worth your reading time, over and over again.

Lord Of A Thousand Nights brings the welcome return of characters Madeline Hunter's fans have come to cherish from her previous books and shows once more the opportunities open to women in medieval times and the outcome of their chosen actions and views.

Lord Of A Thousand Nights is a book that made me thoughtful and had me evaluating the characters' choices, loving them, fearing for them and being amazed on how strong they were in body and mind. It was easy for me to welcome the characters into my heart after seeing them grow by learning to trust and act on their love. Ms. Hunter doesn't give away the secrets of her characters' past too early, keeping the readers in subtle but ever present suspense of what formed their current personalities. It's beautiful and exciting to observe how those two lost souls find each other and brave their fears to follow their dreams, passions and love. Not only did I see them falling in love with each other but felt and experienced it, too. Once again, in Lord Of A Thousand Nights, Madeline Hunter has her hero question his fellow man's view on religion - a subject that deserves a more in-depth treatment that I'm hoping to read more about in future releases.

The story vibrates in its force of desperation and hurt that turns into passionate encounters which left me more than breathless (still fanning my face!). The love scenes are seductive, hot (oh, so very hot!), and drawn out long enough to satisfy not only the hero and the heroine but also the readers. Madeline Hunter's characters had me all tied up in intense emotions of tenderness, fear, sexual awareness and deep, trusting love. Not once did I feel let down or wanting, only breathless and exhilarated.

More intense and darker than her previous books Lord Of A Thousand Nights shows that even with familiar characters, Ms. Hunter manages to create a new and unique world that draws new as well as old fans under her story's spell.

Reviewed in December 2001 by Kris Alice.

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