Kennedy mixes the fantasy and romance genres in a very rewarding manner, which will please fans of both. Her characters, while neither incredibly original nor incredibly deep, are immensely likable and have organic chemistry together. The fantasy aspects of the novel are well conceived and explored, if not entirely new. The interactions between Giles and Cecily are natural and readers will be pleased to see their relationship develop.

Cecily is the best hope for the rebellion in England, hidden away since childhood by those who oppose the Elven lords who fight for control of the nation. When her secret and the village where she is hiding are discovered, she learns that the man she has secretly longed for her whole life is actually a guardian, planted by the rebellion to watch over her. Now, she and Giles must travel back into the heart of the conflict, where she must learn to harness and control her magic in order to fight against the oppressive rule of the Elven lords. (SOURCEBOOKS, Aug., 416 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Victoria Frerichs