When a storm casts exiled Scotsman Xanthier O'Bannon on the shores of an island, he's rescued by the blind Alannah, who was raised by the wise woman who found her adrift in the sea when she was an infant. Alannah's uncanny ability to communicate with the wild horses that roam the island fascinates Xanthier.

Vowing to protect her, Xanthier escorts Allanah to his homeland, where her search for her heritage entangles them in a web of jealousy and hate. From the shores of a mythical island to the clan halls where friends and foes are indistinguishable, their love and a fragile trust allow Allanah and Xanthier to uncover the truth and heal bitter wounds.

Lord is a grand mistress at blending the reality of a medieval romance with magic and myth to create a story with the essence of a fairy tale and the drama of a grand epic. Those who love Mary Stewart will savor Lord's latest. SENSUAL (Feb., 380 pp., $6.50)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin