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Friday, August 28, 2009

Cat's Curse by Kelley Heckart

Cat's Curse by Kelley Heckart
Publisher: Awe-Struck Publishing
Genre: Historical, Fantasy Romance
Length: Full (310 pages)
Heat: Hot
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Heather

Cardea, follower of the Great Goddess is cursed to live an eternity as a blood drinker. For centuries she has lived with hate hunting and feeding off humans. Now she finds herself at the end of a sword blade held by the most handsome and arrogant man she has ever met. Aedan mac Gabrain, prince of Dal Riata and a Christian, trusts no one after suffering a curse that keeps him from touching any females or he will turn into a black cat like his brother. He especially distrusts this strange female who could be the one who cursed his clan since no one knows Cat Anna's true face.

Can two tortured souls find love while battling a dark goddess determined to destroy them?

Never piss off a witch. Especially a Fae witch. A prophecy declared a descendant of Aedan’s would destroy the Cat Anna, so she cursed him (and, just to err on the safe side, all the men in his family) – touch a woman with desire and turn into a cat.

Cardea bears a curse of her own. Nightwalker, blood drinker – not a likely friendship between two cursed souls. But they are – friends who yearn for more than friendship.

This is true dark ages stuff – the aftermath of Rome’s occupation of Britain, and the growing influence of Christianity vs. the old pagan ways and gods. I love epic historical/high fantasy. Fae, Celt, vampire, curses – all rolled into one book. Typically, there’s lots of worldbuilding and lovely, lovely description, such as: “His breath caught in his throat when she emerged from the mists like a lovely apparition, making it difficult for him to keep his guard up around her. She reminded him of a breath of fresh air, her beauty sparkling amid the gloom. Even her male clothing and long doeskin cloak covering her head could not dim her rare beauty. Her exotic bluegreen eyes gazed at him from within the folds of the hood, spellbinding him.” The names aren’t too hard to pronounce. You truly are transported to a magical time and place. The Cat Anna’s not really evil – she just doesn’t want to die. Everyone has motivation and reader sympathy.

The story does fall prey to the downside of too much narration, making for slow reading at times. There’s a fine line between drawing the reader into a world…and the reader starting to skim. Some of the description, while lovely, went on a bit long. Even so, it’s a wonderful escape book for anyone wanting to get away from it all and I would definitely recommend it.