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Monday, February 1, 2010

Ring of Desire by Rhyshia Kennie

Ring of Desire by Rhyshia Kennie
Publisher: Black Lyon Publishing
Genre: Fantasy
Length: Full (220 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Whispers of an ancient magic drew them together

In the medieval land of Hafne, a curse has swept through the land leaving it barren and without hope. As one of the chosen, Vala watches for signs of the prophecy and with it, the owner of a ring who is destined to fight by her side and drive away the darkness. The newly arrived Norman enemy is an unnecessary complication in Hafne—and in beautiful Vala’s heart.

… An unspeakable evil fights to keep them apart.

Giles arrives with his Norman men in time to rescue a mysterious woman from a watery death. Holding Vala in his arms, the stirrings of destiny and desire begin, binding him to a prophecy of which he surely wants no part—binding him to a search for his true origins and a fight to save his soul and hers.

Ring of Desire is a dark, dangerous fantasy with the ultimate goal of fulfilling destiny and saving the world.

Ring of Desire is also all one could ever hope to find in a romantic tale, with evocative passages of love, the emotion, as well as more physical attraction.

It begins dramatically, and the tale becomes ever more gripping as it goes. The lovely Vala, at first, thinks nothing of herself but only of fulfilling destiny--a destiny meant to lift the dark spell from the world she calls home. She waits, hoping for the one destined to help her, but the Norman man, Giles, changes all that. He intrudes into what she expects; and she loses her heart to him. Her desperation arises from being torn between duty, people, and love, and she is a very easy main character to sympathize with. And one could hardly blame her heart for betraying her plans, for Giles has all of the best qualities of any great hero and Kennie here, has outdone herself.

The only troublesome points are the rather Scottish leanings, from dialogue and references to Saxons and Romans and the like. The ‘world’ of Hafne could have stood on its own without this dependence on Scottish history. While we are told explicitly that this is Hafne, the references within the text to Scotland were impossible to dismiss. Better to have placed this in a more solid historical time, or to allow Hafne to stand on its own. In a nicely written novel, it was the one troubling piece.

It is impossible not to be moved by Vala’s plight, and we will hope against hope through many scenes that things somehow turnout the way we want them to. Although you can see it coming, the events of this tale entwine beautifully, leaving not one hanging thread. Fantasy fans will especially love the old versus beautiful Magna, and many small touches that enrich Ring of Desire. It is a lovely novel I thoroughly enjoyed reading.