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Sunday, October 7, 2007

Review: Ravenwolf

by Kelley Heckart

To protect his family from harm, Ambiorix has no choice but to join the Roman Army, once again commanding a cavalry unit, and torn between the soldier inside and being a husband and father.

Nemu must confront a past life that is filled with betrayal, loss and revenge. As her past life collides with her present life, she finds herself trapped in the Celtic Underworld by a god who was once obsessed with her when she was known as Becuille.

Can their love survive the wrath of the goddesses and an obsessed god? Can Ambiorix save Nemu from her Underworld prison without forfeiting his own soul?

This full length romance novel is set far back, in the misted, wooded lands of an ancient Scotland. From the start, the eerie depths of this great dark forest draws us in. Heckart's work offers beautiful, poetic descriptions rich in detail. An eerie sense of danger is made clear almost from the first sentence, and a sense of magic, or more correctly, a hint of the otherworld, becomes stronger as the story goes onward.

Druids live not too distant, beneath the snow-capped mountains. Battles and the work of heroes are recalled. One of the main characters admits to being descendent of the fairies. The strong sense of history makes this story all the more intriguing. All is not sweetness and light however; from the first, we realize there is some unseen, un-named malovolence involved. Even Nemu and Ambiorix are aware of a potential danger, and take steps to go to safetly. The wooded, mountainous land seems idyllic in some ways, but dark and full of potential danger in others. We seem uncover hints of Nemu's past - and also, sense that the spirit world has plans for her future. Quickly, we discover that both Nemu and Ambiorix are dark, powerful characters themselves.

Sexuality is an important part of this work, and spicy hot accounts combine with more sensual scenes at times.

This is a story of greatness, of love but also of despair, a story of desperation and deceit, and yet, always, with that return to love. This reader did find the point of view changes challenging at the outset, but adjusted to the first and third person account. It is a trifle unusual, but not really distracting. Reading this book is a sensual pleasure. It is especially a joy to read about the idyllic agrarian lifestyle, and the sense of people's connection to the land, to the tribe, and to the spirit world. The richness of detail in descriptions create a powerful aura that positively fills this work.


Reviewed by: Snapdragon