J.C. Hall,
Lady of the Lakes
(Zumaya, 2007)

Corryn has waited more than a year to meet again the mysterious knight he first saw near one of the cursed lakes. But when he once more finds the knight, the latter is engaged in combat, and despite Corryn's attempts to help, the warrior is wounded and the infant in his charge stolen.

Worse, the knight cares not for his help, nor is even willing to consider having him as a liege man. Yet Corryn forces his help on the warrior as his injuries knock him unconscious. As Corryn bandages the wounds and tries to make the warrior comfortable, he gets an unexpected surprise -- and with that his life begins to take many unexpected turns.

Lady of the Lakes is a thoroughly enjoyable book. J.C. Hall has created a vibrant world full of magic, adventure and intrigue. The high speech of the nobles will take a little getting used to, and the introduction and instruction of magic and mental powers seems to come out of nowhere where Corryn was concerned, but aside from these two minor issues, the story is gripping, the characters are interesting and the novel makes for a great ride.

by Gloria Oliver
21 April 2007

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