The plan was for beautiful Claire to marry the terrifyingly sinister Simon of Navarre, wizard in residence to Richard the Fair. Instead, her plain sister, Alys, takes her place, proving herself more than a match for the man with the secrets. Meanwhile, sweet Claire falls in love with a handsome knight, and the truly evil Richard the Fair tries to make life miserable for all.
Set in medieval times, this is a rich, gorgeous tale of love, deception, and ultimate redemption.
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It is without a doubt one of my favourite stories of this genre. This book was the first Anne Stuart's books i have ever read and it got me hooked. I love the story and its characters. Simon is a wonderful hero...dark, dangerous, wicked...yum ; ) I also really liked Alys...strong and clever and not annoying at all (often a problem with so many heroines in other romances). Alys' sister Clair is a bit obnoxious, but she suppose to be that. Her romance with Thomas is very sweet and makes a nice contrast to much more intense and special connection that Simon and Alys share. The only thing that i have a little complain about is the abrupt ending...but that just because this couple is so wonderful together that i want to know more about them ; )
When Simon secretly came to visit Alys while she is transported in the cage. I could feel his despair and longing....wow...; )
Everything, she did a fantastic job...just perfect. But i knew that after her performance with The House of Rohan. I always believed that from all the narrators of Anne Stuart's books she is the best.
Very happy that it finally happen and awaiting Ritual Sins next month...yay!