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Fire Dance by Delle Jacobs

Fire Dance

by Delle Jacobs

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This was an interesting early historic romance. I love the times of knights and honorable kings. This was a great fictional story during the time of King Rufus who succeeded King Henry. It was a time when lands were conquered then controlled. This is a very positive situation.

A young Heiress was left alone when at first her mother, then her evil father died. King Rufus called a beloved Lord knight to conquer that land and wed the young princess and would be given the title of Lord and the castle and land would become his with the Lady. He was instructed to marry her and accept her without questions. When he and his knights arrived, no battle was necessary... the Heiress was missing. None of the people "owned up" to knowing where she was. The Lord Knight was persistent in finding her and eventually he did.

The Heiress was loved by her people and had suffered greatly under her father's rule. She felt no grief at his death whatsoever. She wanted no more killing or suffering of her people so asked they summit with no more bloodshed. What ensued further keeps the reader in suspense until the very end.

The story took a slight 'hitch' at the end but the author recovered very well. This was full of suspense and intrigue. It would have been perfect for even the YA audience as well, but there were a couple of unnecessary, intimate sex scenes which makes it inappropriate for a younger audience.

The Title is "fitting" and the book cover is perfect!

Because of the writing skills of Della Jacobs and story content, my review must still give this book a very strong Four Stars rating. ( )
  LAWonder10 | Jun 25, 2013 |
Fire Dance begins with Alain and his knights storming Fyren's castle. Fyren lies on his death bed, a victim of poisoning by his daughter, Melisande. She knows of his evil deeds more than anyone and has killed him to protect his people. Although she fears Lord Alain (for she knows King Rufus has commanded him to kill Fyren and marry Melisande), she knows he cannot be as cruel a master as Fyren. However, she has deep secrets which cause her to fear for her very life if she marries the handsome lord. As she cannot escape the castle walls, she has only one option: taking her mother's name, she must disguise herself as a servant and literally hide under Alain's very nose. Meanwhile, while Alain is searching for his intended bride, he finds himself in a struggle against his feelings for Edyt, the beautiful and mysterious servant girl. Along with his search for Melisdande, Alain must battle insurgents in the area and prepare the way for a visit from King Rufus. Just as he's beginning to suspect who his fair bride may be, comes information that threatens Alain, Melisande, and everyone in the kingdom.

This is a book that cannot be judged by its cover. It is a complex story with a mystery, adventure, and a sweet romance. Alain is a knight in shining armor who wins Melisande through offering comfort and patience, not by force. As a character, Melisande grows in the book. At the beginning, she is a somber, fearful, and self-deprecating girl. By the end, she has faced her demons and is courageous, strong, and self-assured. That development, along with delightful minor characters and a heart-pounding assortment of battle scenes create a story that is hard to put down. It caught my interest at the beginning and held it until the very end. Speaking of the ending, it does not disappoint. ( )
  halo776 | Jun 6, 2011 |
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