About Entreat Me
Afflicted by a centuries-old curse, a warlord slowly surrenders his humanity and descends toward madness. Ballard of Ketach Tor holds no hope of escaping his fate until his son returns home one day, accompanied by a woman of incomparable beauty. His family believes her arrival may herald Ballard’s salvation.
…until they confront her elder sister.
Determined to rescue her sibling from ruin, Louvaen Duenda pursues her to a decrepit castle and discovers a household imprisoned in time. Dark magic, threatening sorcerers, and a malevolent climbing rose with a thirst for blood won’t deter her, but a proud man disfigured by an undying hatred might. Louvaen must decide if loving him will ultimately save him or destroy him.
Review of Entreat Me
Loved, loved, loved this story!!!
There are so many reasons. The scarred, cursed, really old hero Ballard. The not-so-old-yet-not-young, outspoken, widow heroine Louven. The devoted, contentious sorcerer Ambrose. The matter-of-fact cook/housekeeper Magda Even the nasty, morally bankrupt villain Jimenin. Every story needs a villain!
The setting is also such a great part of the story. Ballard’s castle, ensorceled to dissuade outsiders and allow time to pass more quickly outside the castle than within. There are roses that grow in winter and attach the cursed.
The castle had a strangeness about it— places where torchlight flickered one way while the shadows it cast scampered another; stairs ended in opposite directions without ever turning. The walls echoed in tight places instead of cavernous ones, and she’d once clearly heard a tapestry in Cinnia’s bower whisper a poem she knew from childhood.
Like every Grace Draven book I have read, the book stayed with me for days after I had finished. The story is ages old, yet fresh. It is complex and direct. The romance is simple and challenging. But mostly, it is the characters that hold a place in my heart. Ballard and Louven are deep, thoughtful and honest characters that I would invite into my home anytime.
About Lover of Thorns and Holy Gods
A trilogy of short stories from the worlds of Master of Crows, Entreat Me, and Radiance.
STRONG BLOOD (3,504 words) – Ballard de Sauveterre from ENTREAT ME crosses time to share a drink with Silhara of Neith from MASTER OF CROWS and discovers a connection that spans generations.
CROW AWAKENED (2,975 words) – A short follow-up to THE BRUSH OF BLACK WINGS in which a terrified Silhara finally learns why his beloved wife Martise is fading before his eyes.
A MATTER OF TRUST (5,336 words) – A cultural divide is resolved in the most delightful way between Brishen and Ildiko Khaskem. Takes place after RADIANCE and before EIDOLON.
Review of Lover of Thorns and Holy Gods
This will be a quick review about three very short stories by one of my favorite authors. This is for those of you that have read Entreat Me, Master of Crows, The Brush of Black Wings and Radiance. You will be familiar with the characters and, I trust, happy to get a glimpse of their lives after the epic goings on in the novels. I was especially pleased with Crow Awakened as it confirmed what I determined was going on at the very end of The Brush of Black Wings. I loved these stories!
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