From this innovative writer comes the first installment in the Mystic Isle trilogy. Set against the background leading up to the French Revolution, Rice's book boasts a pair of extraordinary characters, her flair for subtle touches of humor and clever dialogue that draws you into this magical, mystical and sensual paranormal historical romance.
Trystan l'Enforcer is the protector of the force field that allows no outsider on the shores of the Isle of Aelynn. So when a woman washes up on the beach he is mystified. No outsider, Mariel St. Just is a crossbreed chosen
by the gods as his match and destined
to carry his heir. She's also a mermaiden more at home in the water than on land. When Mariel swims back home to Pouchay she takes a battered pewter chalice with her. It's imperative that Trystan bring Mariel and the pewter
vessel back to Aelynn.
Despite rumblings of discontent among the people and the danger she and Trystan face in retrieving the chalice, Mariel cannot deny the sensual charge sizzling between them. But what
do the Oracle of Aelynn's predictions portend for this golden god and his siren of the sea? (Signet Eclipse, Jul., 384 pp., $7.99)