by Margaret L. Carter

November 2003
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The village elders have chosen Rowena as the maiden to be sacrificed to the dragon who terrorizes her village and the surrounding countryside. Bound to the trunk of a tree, Rowena awaits the arrival of the dragon and what she can only hope is a swift and merciful end. Instead, the dragon Virid claims her for his mate.

Virid introduces to Rowena to a world of adventure the likes of which she could never have imagined. He seduces her with the searing passion of his embrace (I will leave it to your imagination to figure out how they did it). But Rowena begins to wonder how her family fairs. She yearns to see them one last time before she settles into her new life.

Disaster strikes when Rowena foolishly ignores of Viridís warnings of how dangerous it would be for her to return to her former home and visits her parentsí home. Now, Rowena and Virid must fight for their lives.

Well, I can only assume Rowena is supposed to be very young as such reckless behavior is usually attributed to the young and foolhardy. Her stubborn willfulness makes it hard to relate to her and sometimes to like her. You may often find yourself wishing that she would just grow up already. Most of her attitude is in response to Viridís bossiness. I found it hard to get into this story. Overall, I think that this story had the potential for so much more.

But donít take it from me see for yourself.

Reviewed in February 2004 by Cynthia.

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