Hubby picked this one up for me on an impulse at the library ("Oh, she likes historical fiction!"), and I finally got around to it. Oops: this is the fourth novel in Susan Carroll's Dark Queen Saga, but I didn't realize that until I was already fairly invested in the story.
This is a great romantic read. Cat O'Hanlon is a daughter of the earth (some might call her a witch), and she's been sent on a quest to find the a witch called the Silver Rose. There are waring forces looking for the girl, including Catherine de Medici, the dark queen herself. The Silver Rose, a young girl named Meg, supposedly has more power than any witch for centuries, and it has been prophesied that she will bring down empires. Cat wants to protect her from those who would abuse her power, but the huntress didn't bank on Meg's father. Martin le Loup is overbearing, devoted, and wants nothing to do with witchcraft. Cat has her work cut out for her to convince him to let Meg receive training in her natural abilities, and matters are complicated further by the crackling tension between Martin and Cat. How can the huntress keep her wits about her if she's falling in love?
This novel has intrigue, romance, mystery, and a healthy dose of magic. Fans of Deborah Harkness and Diana Gabaldon will enjoy this tale.
What are you reading this week?