Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Lady of the Storm - 2nd in the Elven Lords series
Author: Kathryne Kennedy
Release Date: August 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Year/Setting: England, 1734
Overall Rating: 4.75
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Kathryne's Website: www.kathrynekennedy.com
Giles Beaumont is the sworn protector of Cecily Sutton. He has guarded her for years and has hidden his intelligence and skill in the guise of a half-witted blacksmith. He knows his duty—and possibly the fate of England—depends on keeping Cecily safe and out of the reach of the Elven Lords who rule England. The seven elven lords are from another world, Elfhame, and they are evil and cruel in their use of magic to keep the people of England subservient. Cecily is half-elf, half-human, and is considered the key if the rebellion can win the war against the elven lords.
When Cecily’s father has been gone far too long from their village, events begin to occur that make Cecily believe her father is in trouble and needs her help. She begins to realize she can’t hide the half of her nature that is elf—and that remaining hidden in her village could bring about the death and destruction of the village.
Cecily decides to go after her father and Giles is forced to follow along. He would do things differently, but Cecily is strong-willed and tries to call the shots. The two of them butt heads constantly on their journey and slowly, they begin to give a grudging respect to each other. Cecily has never understood how Giles can seem to want her one moment and cruelly turn her away the next. Giles knows her true heritage and has been warned about the consequences of any sort of relationship with Cecily. But it’s a long journey they face and temptation is around every corner. Will Cecily’s search for her father bring about the shift in power that would bring down the evil reign of the elven lords? Or will her search be for naught and will she give her life? As a tempest rages in both Giles and Cecily, we find out the destiny of the lady of the storm.
This book was as good as the first. I am often a bit leery of the second story in a series. If the first one was excellent, I’m not always sure the second one will live up to the standard set before. Thankfully, Kathryne Kennedy has such a gift for writing that this story is equally—if not more—spellbinding than the first book.
Cecily and Giles remind me of magnets. They are attracted to each other, but if anything turns them around, they will work hard to repel each other. The push and pull is comical at times. I have to give Giles credit because every time she tries to push him away, he might step back, but he will not shirk or leave his duties. His devotion to duty—and Cecily—becomes more and more apparent as the story progresses. The task Cecily is asked to do in the search for her father is one that shouldn’t be undertaken lightly. She is aware of the risks, but not ready of the reality of those risks when evil things happen.
I was drawn into the story and had to keep reading to make sure both Giles and Cecily survived each peril that befalls them. Kathryne Kennedy’s ability to weave magic into a real place and time is a large part of what makes this story so engrossing. I am happy to report the third title will be forthcoming so keep a watch at your local bookseller for the latest as it becomes available.
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