Friday, January 23, 2009

Keeper of the Dream


Blessed with the Welsh gift of "sight", Lady Arianna saw the vision in a golden bowl: A knight with eyes gray as the English sea that has captured her, his sword about to pierce her heart. And she trembled, not with fear, but with desire that engulfed her soul.


On the treacherous border of Wales, Raine, the Black Dragon, rode his charger toward Castle Rhuddlan and the lady within. Illegitimate son of a Norman nobleman, his past was scarred by denial and mistrust, and now his future lay in the conquest of a fiefdom...and a woman's love.


As the battle trumpet sounded, Arianna, her Celtic pride unyielding saw her dream take flesh: Raine, the enemy who inflamed her blood with desire; Raine, the lover she must gentle and tame, and then, as ancient hatreds threatened their lives, either cherish...or betray.


This was my first time reading Keeper of the Dream and also the first time reading the author Pamela Williamson. But from what I understand this book is considered quite a romance classic is certain circles. When it was chosen to be our chat book in one of the reading groups I belong to, I was really looking forward to experiencing the whole hoopla.

First of all, I found the book way too long. And there's a reason for that: it's repetative! And it also has a lot of flowery terms that go on forever. It was quite annoying.

I enjoyed the storyline. I loved the way Arianna dealt with her conflicting emotions, thought that Raine was an ass, thought that Taliesin had a knack for interrupting interesting scenes. But what I enjoyed the most was the history. The bloody, confusing and scary times that they lived in.

Keeper of the Dream by Penelope Williamson (3.5/5) Historical Romance; Published: Dell (1992); 2009 100 + Reading Challenge (9);

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