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by Bertrice Small

Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: The fantasy world of Hetar

2005 Historical Paranormal/Fantasy Nominee

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The queen of sensual romance creates a magical world and Lara, a heroine strong and beautiful enough to conquer all she meets.

Daughter of the mercenary John Swiftsword and a fairie princess, Lara accepts her fate when her father sells
her in order to obtain the funds to
become a Crusader knight. Lara draws
on the strength of the fairie crystal
she wears around her neck.

Her journey takes her from the master of pleasure palaces to the harsh and brutal world of the Forest Lords—where she is initiated into the world of sex, but not that of sensual pleasure or love. To gain that knowledge she journeys to the kingdom
of the Shadow Princes and then on
to the Outlands, where she begins to understand the power she holds within and the meaning of true love, accompanied by a talking staff and a sword that sings.

Lara is what Small does best: grand exploits, larger-than-life characters and erotic sexual explorations (similar to her great harem scenes). Like Small's most beloved heroine, Skye O'Malley, Lara follows a path that allows her to discover her courage while uncovering the power of her sexuality, the difference between lust and love and most of all, what it means to be
a woman with the power to change the world. Small wows with a brand-new example of her creativity and masterful storytelling. VERY SENSUAL (Jun., 507
pp., $12.95)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: HQN

Published: June 2005

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