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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Daughters of Change

Daughters of Change by Teressa Wilde
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Full
Heat Length: Sensual
Rating: 3.5 Books
Review by Iris

Cinderella, save thyself…

Daughters of Change revisits legend and folklore in tales told through the eyes of four different women. Venturing through Norway, Transylvania and other familiar realms, each story depicts arduous tasks and the heroines who must master them.

In Huldre, an ancient Nordic curse rears its head, and Sigrid must conquer it or never know true love. Firewitch has young Fredrika seeking help from Transylvanian gypsies to control her fiery new power before a wicked queen can destroy her. Succubus leads Theodora into a frightening new world her lover may not survive, and Kiss Me proves it's never too late to find love.

Archane magick, fell beasts, gypsies and witches...Can four women overcome the dark challenges thrust upon them?

Daughters of Change is an anthology. “Huldre”, “Firewitch”, “Succubus” and “Kiss Me” are the four stories. Ms. Wilde has given an innovative and fresh twist in these well-written shorts. For paranormal lovers, these are four unique and creative tales about changlings of some sort.

“Huldre” is about a young woman who realizes she has magical powers upon first experiencing passion. I enjoyed this, but would have loved to have seen this story longer. I wanted to hear what happens to this young woman and how she eventually finds love. Perhaps there will be a part two?

“Firewitch” is the longest of the four. It is the first person story of Fredrika, a firewitch. As she becomes aware of her powers, she disturbs a powerful witch who sends her back in time for a sinister purpose. Fredrika and her entire family as well as the young man she loves are in danger. I really enjoyed this story.

“Succubus” deals with a snippet of Theodora’s life. Of all the change stories, this dark tale was my least favorite, in that, it was not a “happily every after” romance.

“Kiss Me” ends the anthology on a bang. This is short, but absolutely delightful and is a wonderful reminder that romance can happen even in older age.