by Lisa Jackson

October 2005
ISBN: 0-451-41155-2
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Mass Market Paperback

Lady Morwenna finds someone she assumes to be her former lover and rescues him. Everyone encourages her to turn him into the appropriate authorities since he is wanted for the murder of his family, however, Morwenna finds herself unable to do that until his identity is clear beyond all shadows of doubt.

In the meantime the reader encounters the dark, twisted rantings of a lunatic who calls himself the Redeemer. He continues throughout the novel to interject his twisted words and thoughts. Strange murders and events continue to happen at the castle, throughout the stranger's, that only the reader knows are the responsiblity of the Redeemer, yet the reader has no clue as to this person's real identification.

First, as a huge fan of Jackson's medievals, I was rather disappointed at the completion of this novel. There were far to many things that appeared contrived and too expounded upon, rather than the reality based intense plot her suspense novels are driven by. Furthermore, the Redeemer's viewpoint was very overdone and typical of any romance novel where the writer includes a character such as him into the novel.

There was nothing unique enough to cause me to recommend this particular novel to another reader. The characters were shallow and one never really got inside their heads between the pages, the plot was overdone, and the only satisfying thing was that the book did eventually end. This reviewer, and former fan of all Jackson medievals, can only hope the continuing story of Brianna, Morwenna's sister is a lot less about the writer combining two completely different genre's of writing and a lot more about the stories we all love to read from her.

Reviewed in November 2005 by Katy.

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