A Sorceress of His Own by Dianne Duvall
Series: The Gifted Ones #1
Published by Indie
Published on: June 2, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Since the day Lord Dillon earned his spurs, rumors of his savagery on the battlefield have preceded him into every room, stilling tongues and sparking fear. Weary of battle, he wishes only to find a woman he can wed who will approach him not with fear, but with the tenderness that has been absent from his life for so long. Yet only the wisewoman seems invariably at ease in his presence. Perhaps because she garners the same fear in others that he does himself.
For seven years, Alyssa has been by Lord Dillon's side, counseling him from the shadows, healing him with her hands, and staving off the worst of his loneliness while his fearsome reputation keeps others at bay. Blessed--or cursed--with gifts that label her a sorceress, she is forced to conceal her youth and the love she harbors for him beneath umbral robes that lead Dillon and his people to believe she is the same aged wisewoman who served his father.
All is revealed, however, and passions flare when an enemy threatens Dillon's life and Alyssa sacrifices everything to save him. When Dillon discovers that the wisewoman is far from elderly, he is instantly entranced. And, as he and Alyssa work together to defeat an enemy bent on destroying them both, Dillon will risk anything--even the wrath of his king--to be with her.
Dianne Duvall’s Immortal Guardian series is one of my favorite series. When I found out about this newer series by her, I really wasn’t sure at first if I wanted to read it. I recently read a review of this book and knew I had to read it. I am really glad I did.
I would classify this as historical paranormal romance. I do read the occasional historical romance, so I was fine with that. This is set in twelfth century England. Alyssa belongs to a family that has paranormal gifts. Her grandmother was the wise woman for Lord Dillon’s father for years. No one has ever seen her face as she hid in dark robes. When Alyssa takes over for her grandmother secretly after Lord Dillon’s father’s death, he knows no difference. Alyssa quickly becomes his most trusted confident and friend. She is able to keep him safe with her insights into what’s going to happen or is happening that she is able to “see”. She can also heal his and his men’s wounds. And one other thing, she has been in love with him since she was sixteen. On his part, he think’s shes an old woman. When events happen and he sees her face finally, it’s over for him. Hopelessly in love with her, and a master of a huge keep with many people under his wing, he is only allowed to marry a noblewoman-mandated by the king.
I really had no idea that this was a sort of prequel to her Immortal Guardians Series. When Seth, Roland, and Marcus show up in the story, I didn’t immediately make the connection. When they help (supernaturally)Alyssa, it finally clicked. So fun the see them hundreds of years before her Immortal Guardians series begins. It also opens up Alyssa to even further special gifts. The time period and the superstitious people of the time added to the problems Alyssa is already experiencing trying to keep Dillon and his people safe. Apparently, no one is very safe in this era in England. The other landowners or nobles are either attacking other keeps, or being attacked instead. So this book features quite a bit of action and violence. Lots of work for Alyssa.
I really enjoyed Alyssa and Dillon. Alyssa was born poor, but is still smart, beautiful, and sweetly feisty. Dillon is pure alpha male, owner of a huge keep and village, and a warrior to the core. And when the time came, they were combustible together-sexually. I truly worried about a happily after for the couple, but of course I should have known this author wouldn’t do that to us! Her books are always so well written and paced that they pull you into the story immediately. Her world building has been intricately explained, but not via an info dump-first in the Immortal Guardians series and now in the twelfth century. I think she outdid herself with this one actually. So much research must have been done to describe this time period and it shows.
Recommended to adult paranormal romance fans. Adult due to sensual scenes and lots of violence. Next up, Rendezvous with Yesterday, book two in this series and featuring a time travel romance. This time I am going to listen, instead of read. Sounds good to me!