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Cate Rowan has washed laundry in a crocodile-infested African lake, parasailed over Cabo, had monkeys poop in her hair, and swum with dolphins, but her best adventures are her story worlds. Her lush fantasy romances about magic, danger and passion in faraway realms have won more than thirty awards. Her debut novel, Kismet's Kiss, was a two-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finalist.
Cate credits her favorite childhood authors—a list that includes J.R.R. Tolkien, Guy Gavriel Kay, Anne McCaffrey, Nora Roberts, Ursula K. Le Guin, James Herriot, and C.S. Lewis—for her love of fiction, great characters, and a rich imagination. She also thanks her family for forgiving all those times she brought a novel to dinner.
on June 02, 2011 :
I really liked this book. It fell slightly short of LOVING it, but not by far. The worldbuilding is wonderful, though I'd like to get a clearer picture of the castle and the town it's in and so on. The back and forth to the mountains and to Earth and back to the bad guy's court got overly convoluted. But I loved Jilian and her vulnerabilities. Alvarr jumped to conclusions and I didn't feel as clear on all his motivations for distrusting Jilian and flipping out all the time. I also never felt like I could forgive Jilian's Earth father for never seeing her again after her parents split up. Jilian came to some sort of peace over it, but I wasn't really clear on why. I wanted to at least have the mother explain why they split up.
(reviewed long after purchase)